Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Czech Anonymous, Guillaume Dufay, Pierre de la Rue|
Genres: Jazz, Classical
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: GARBAREK/HILLIARD ENSEMBLE Title: OFFICIUM Street Release Date: 11/16/1999
No Description Available
No Track Information Available
Media Type: CD
Artist: GARBAREK/HILLIARD ENSEMBLE
Street Release Date: 11/16/1999
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BEAUTIFUL, REVERENT AND CELEBRATORY
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(5 out of 5 stars)
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There is no name for this music -- another fact pointed out by Potter in his notes -- and that's something that frees it from preconceptions and expectations. I strongly recommend to the potential listener to enter into this experience with as open a mind as possible -- there's a world of beauty, reverence and emotion waiting on this disc. It would be a shame to allow what might seem an odd combination of musicians and styles to colour its absorption.
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