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Ancient & Modern
Genres: New Age, Pop, Classical
Anne Dudley is an enigmatic figure. She's a founding member of the British dance group Art of Noise, a noted film composer with an Academy Award for The Full Monty soundtrack, and she's a classically trained keyboardist. I... more »
Anne Dudley is an enigmatic figure. She's a founding member of the British dance group Art of Noise, a noted film composer with an Academy Award for The Full Monty soundtrack, and she's a classically trained keyboardist. In recent months, Anne Dudley has released a new Art of Noise CD, The Seduction of Claude Debussy, that adds dance beats to the classical French composer's melodies, and she has a solo album, Ancient & Modern, on which she rearranges carols, hymns, and fugues for orchestra. Ancient & Modern lives up to its title. She takes the Bach prelude "Coventry Carol" and Tallis's "Canon" and arranges them for orchestra and a choir called the Sixteen. Although these recordings should rightly be called adaptations and arrangements, Dudley takes writing credits for all the album's music, including venerable hymns like "Veni Emmanuel." The album is at its best when Dudley shows her contemporary influences, as on "Canticles of the Sun and Moon." The song is based around the hymn "From All Who Dwell Beneath the Sky," but Dudley gives it a minimalist turn with cyclical marimba lines. She performs a similar fete with "Veni Emmanuel," building an unlikely tension and dynamic explosiveness in this usually sedate hymn. --John Diliberto
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A must have
Roland S. Morshead | 12/29/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought the album after listening to it in a local store. The first cut is supurb, and most of the rest of the album is very good as well. The album has a hypnotic spiritual quality (somewhat like Gorecki or Arvo part). Turn out the lights, lay back and be transported."
J. C Clark | Overland Park, KS United States | 01/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is intoxicating. But I bought this version (1995 on Echo), only to find that a friend had a original from-the-manufacturer (1999) CD with 2 additional cuts. So, it was released with more music, and it was quality stuff too: Canzonetta and The Testimony of John are not included on the earlier version. I was disappointed to find that I received a diminished version. But, even reduced, this is alluring, gorgeous music that skillfully blends the 13the century with the 21st. The arrangements seem so simple, but get more and more complex with repeated listenings.Just be sure you're getting the 1999 version, and you'll listen endlessly."
SAMPLED AND CLAIMED
THE FAMILY CAT | Blackpool England | 01/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In a sense Anne Dudley made her name by sampling."Close To The Edit" by the Art Of Noise actually sampled a CAR DOOR!!!
So it was appropriate really that I first discovered this album via its 3 track SAMPLER.
The door had opened and I went in,purchasing the whole album when I managed to locate a shop which actually stocked it.
Firmly pitched into the Classical Crossover market its really a reinvention of the artiste,who got the Art Of Noise out of her system and left it in the hands of others.
This collection of hymn and carol adaptions is quite Astleyan in places.And Anne had enough of a sense of humour to claim every one of them as her own work!!!"