Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: New Age, Pop
On One World, John Tesh's 15th solo recording and his third video-related project in a five-year span, the pianist-composer presents us with not just a concept album, but a Big Concept album. Weaving a variety of world-mus... more »
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On One World, John Tesh's 15th solo recording and his third video-related project in a five-year span, the pianist-composer presents us with not just a concept album, but a Big Concept album. Weaving a variety of world-music accents (Celtic, Native American, flamenco, classical arias) into his unfailingly upbeat pop-instrumental milieu, Tesh offers a 55-minute ode to a pair of well-traveled themes: embracing cultural diversity and envisioning global harmony. Serious world music it's not, but the pop-rooted, fan-satisfying textures inherent in Tesh's compositions--appealing melodies, romantic reflections, triumphant resolutions--are in place on most pieces here, most attractively on the album's first four tracks. The opening, orchestra-backed "Sonata di Doma," which was performed in front of the Coliseum in Rome for a PBS television special, builds beautifully to a chest-swelling crescendo; the worshipful "Canta Domine" is underpinned by an interesting, near-techno groove; and the spirited rock 'n' reel of "Emerald Bay" is a Celtic charmer. The mysterious synth- and string-driven propulsion of "Valley of Dreams" is a worthwhile change of pace for Tesh. James Ingram seems especially urgent and soulful on the obligatory smooth-jazz ballad ("Forever More"), and Tesh includes his most overtly Christian tune to date, the overly sentimental "Who Am I?" with gospel act Point of Grace providing the vocals. All 13 tracks are studio recordings of the music shown on the special. --Terry Wood
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Aaron Blight | 12/13/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Journey: around the world. The Music:absolutely beautiful. The tour guide:John Tesh and his grand piano. This is a CD that takes you different places and moves you along on a gentle rolling wave of discovery. A brilliant example of his versatility. It is John at his best. I listen to this CD over and over. My favorite track is # 2. Cante Domine! The louder the better. It is music that soothes me and I enjoy the listening experience. We saw the music from One World performed in Interlochen Mi. It was an evening to remember. Outdoors, beautiful sunset and John playing the music from this CD. Very very nice!"
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's like the old saying; if you can't say anything good don't say anything at all. It seems there are several reviews from people who know absolutely nothing about music. I know from experience that no one can play piano like John Tesh in one year of piano lessons. He is extremely talented and has a wonderful blend of harmony with the orchestra. As for Point of Grace they are a shining example of what we should all be listening to. They all have marvelous voices. The video is also fantastic. If a person does not enjoy this type of music, then they should not listen to it."
Aaron Blight | Westminster, Maryland United States | 05/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was first exposed to the music on this disc while on an airplane flight a couple of years ago - on the plane they showed the video of "Canta Domine," and I admit I was mesmerized. There was John Tesh, playing his piano amid a wide range of disparate musicians in an almost anthemic musical production. I was so impressed by this singular glimpse of this album that I wrote down the name of the song and held onto it until I was finally able to find and buy this disc. I was not disappointed in my purchase. This disc is a wonderful eclectic musical adventure, complete with instrumentation and musical roots from all over the world, undergirded with good new age music sensibility. This is the kind of disc you listen to over and over again to absorb all of the different aspects of the music. "Canta Domine" continues to be one of my favorite pieces on this disc, but I find "Valley of Dreams" equally enthralling. Tesh delivers frequent change-ups throughout the collection, with a variety of musical influences and flavors. "Who Am I?" is, for instance, a charming Christian song about God's love, sung by a woman with a supernal, angelic voice - this song is a real gem and will be appreciated by Christians everywhere. The disc includes Celtic, flamenco, Native American, and classical influences. On the final title track, Tesh brings it all together in an integrated piece conjoining all of these musical influences from all over the world. Having heard the CD, and having seen "Canta Domine" on video, I really want to buy the video - I am sure it will be just as engrossing."