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|John Barry, English Chamber Orchestra, David White|
Barry: The Beyondness of Things
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Those fond of and familiar with the often lush, romantic dimensions of five-time Academy Award winner John Barry's film scoring (exemplified by Somewhere in Time and the Oscar-winning Out of Africa) will find much to admi... more »
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Those fond of and familiar with the often lush, romantic dimensions of five-time Academy Award winner John Barry's film scoring (exemplified by Somewhere in Time and the Oscar-winning Out of Africa) will find much to admire here. Barry's first non-soundtrack release in a quarter-century plays like a symphonic trance, his singular genius for emotionally longing string and brass arrangements occasionally punctuated here by a lethargic, distant saxophone, plaintive harmonica, or mournful solo-horn phrase. But those previously unswayed by Barry's charms may find that this impressionistic, poetically contemplative collection might just be too much of a good thing; Goldfinger--or Dances with Wolves--it isn't. Still, music this dreamily evocative can hardly be termed Muzak; it's the perfect soundtrack to a rainy, introspective afternoon or an unashamedly romantic interlude. --Jerry McCulley
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Sarah "Lizzie Borden" Davies, sarah | 03/18/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've been an ardent fan of John Barry's work and didn't even know it when I was young. It was "Born Free" and that theme was stuck in my head as long as the theme from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" many years later. Then came the Bond films and I was hooked on the composer named John Barry. I followed all of his film scores and each one has his own distinct signature. It's a real shame that this piece of fine work "Beyondness of Things" didn't make it to the silver screen as "The Horse Whisperer". I remember seeing the "teaser" trailer and I believe the music was Barry's. That's what intrigued me about seeing the film. What a disappointment! But, now Barry can allow his many fans to enjoy this work. It's melodic, soothing, sensual and has bits and pieces from his films. Tr 9 sounds alot like Mr Kidd and Mr. Wint from "Diamonds are Forever". Also, there are pieces that remind me of "Out of Africa" and "Dances With Wolves". A reviewer wrote that this latest work from Barry is LAZY!! Far from it. This is an introspective work from the master and it's interpretation is beautifully done. It really strikes a chord within the soul and heart. Read the titles and you'll know what I mean. It's different, but still unquestionably Barry! A beautiful and very enjoyable piece of work!"
One of John Barry's best projects ever
Peace Brotha | Ohio, United States | 12/12/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As much John Barry music as I own, I come back to the "The Beyondness Of Things" more than any other. The music is sublime in a way that only Mr. Barry's music can be.
The chords and arrangements create a vast, panoramic soundscape that puts you in the mind of wide open spaces, such as an expansive plain or ocean at sunset. It is perfect to relax and meditate to, or take a scenic drive to while you reflect on your thoughts. But make no mistake: the music is also highly engaging to actively listen to, and you will no doubt hear something new each and every time.
The sound quality of this set is also noteworthy, in my opinion being better than any other John Barry recording I've yet heard.
"The Beyondness Of Things" is for you if you like reflective, pure orchestral music that is simultaneously joyous and melancholy, and always hauntingly beautiful. It will also serve as a perfect introduction to Mr. Barry's softer, non-James Bond work. I simply cannot recommend this CD enough."
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Sarah "Lizzie Borden" Davies, sarah | London, England | 06/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We've all read so much about "chicken soup for the soul" lately - well, I think this as close as you're going to get to hearing chicken soup. Barry takes us on a journey that invigorates, calms and seduces our senses with The Beyondness Of Things, his first non-movie soundtrack album in a great many years. I found myself listening to the first track The Beyondness Of Things on a clipper sailing through the Caribbean... ...until I heard a honk behind me and realised I was still stuck in a traffic jam on the interstate."