It truly is remarkable what one drummer, five vocalists and an author can accomplish. The outcome? A grand impact of exhilaration that has the listener so immersed into a parallel universe, that they don’t want to think about anything else. The record in question, that will no doubt cause all attention levels on everything else to drop and arise awareness to the sheer beauty the album delivers, is the new upcoming album titled “Voices Of Fire” for Acapella Metal troupe VAN CANTO….
Release of live footage from the "Final Fantasy" orchestral concert held at the Pacifico Yokohama in February of 2006. Includes complete footage from the show including performances from Emiko Shiratori, RIKKI, Izumi Masuda, Angela Aki, The Black Mages, the acapella group Mogleys, and more. Limited edition includes bonus DVD with documentary footage and interview with Nobuo Uematsu and Arnie Ross.
William Byrd (1543-1623) has been called the greatest English composer, an arbiter of the sublime and master of his craft. And while discerning early music listeners have a fair number of recordings to choose from in order to put any stake into this claim, this offering from ECM is as sensitive an introduction as any into all things Byrd.
This is a very good collection of Gesualdo's sacred motet style, performed beautifully. Most of these pieces are much more conservative and less chromatic than his madrigals, but they are exquisite and expresive and every bit as competent as the styles of contemporaries such as Gesualdo's alter-ego, Palestrina. Much of this music makes his mental turmoil and fear of damnation over his infamous murders achingly clear, especially the disturbing mode changes and chromaticism on parts of the text that say things like "have mercy on me" and words like "my sorrow and "my tears".