Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
8 String Religion
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop, Classical
8 String Religion is a timeless masterpiece by composer/cellist David Darling. The album combines David?s cello, piano and vocal improvisations with sound engineer/producer Mickey Houlihan?s nature recordings. It feature... more »
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8 String Religion is a timeless masterpiece by composer/cellist David Darling. The album combines David?s cello, piano and vocal improvisations with sound engineer/producer Mickey Houlihan?s nature recordings. It features eight nature-oriented pieces that evoke the unity of nature, humanity and music.
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Bland uninteresting music
Anthony Louis | USA | 12/19/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I don't understand the rave reviews for this CD. The music is rather bland and insipid. I had just finished listening to the Beethoven late quartets before I previewed the Darling, so this CD simply paled in comparison. I suppose it would be okay as background music, but it is not a CD one would want to spend time listening to."
D.d. always does it right
Stephen F. Spera | new york, new york | 07/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"ive been listening to david darling since his early days on ecm, own all of his
things, but till now have been allergic to the 'new age' look of, say, his 'cello
blue' and that sort -and couldnt discern WHY hed 'break it up' that way- ecm to
new age- until i listened to the itemd i didnt have. the man can simply do no
wrong. i own pretty much everything (no joke) but invariably when people are
passing thru my apt, house, car, office and hear something from dd, they WANT
it- thats everyone from rockers to classicists.
be sure to check out the magnificent 'epigraphs'(ECM) with pianist ketil bjornstad.
Strat Man | Shelton CT | 03/16/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I suppose it depends what you're looking for.
The "inspiration" in these compositions seems to be a mantra-like repetitiveness, with very slow drawn-out development, and serendipitous improvisations coming and going.
So if you're looking for a trance-inducing envelope of sound, with a little tinkering here and there (with nothing too challenging), then this is a nice CD.
If you're looking for engaging cello, go Yo-Yo, Rostapovich, Cassales, just to name a few. If you're looking for excellence in composition or improvisation, go just about anywhere else.