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|Federico Mompou, Ottmar Liebert, Heitor Villa-Lobos|
Ottmar Liebert: Leaning Into The Night
Genres: World Music, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Classical
Synonymous with the New Age-approved "nouveau flamenco" genre he spawned, Liebert takes an ambitious turn on Leaning, performing a set of works by Satie, Villa-Lobos, Ravel, and Puccini with a full orchestra under the dire... more »
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Synonymous with the New Age-approved "nouveau flamenco" genre he spawned, Liebert takes an ambitious turn on Leaning, performing a set of works by Satie, Villa-Lobos, Ravel, and Puccini with a full orchestra under the direction of Brazilian guitar maestro Oscar Castro-Neves. Liebert's no classical ace--as he'll gladly admit--but the same well-meaning audacity that turned his watered-down flamenco technique into music of nevertheless universal appeal serves him well here. Though he lacks the technical command of a Christopher Parkening, his round tones and sure delivery work well against Castro-Neves's epic arrangements, resulting in exactly the kind of trancelike romanticism Liebert has established as his trademark. --James Rotondi
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Joseph M. from SANTA BARBARA, CA
Reviewed on 10/3/2014...
Pleasant. A bit too studio manicured and 'atmospheric' for my liking. I'm one for naked acoustics. I think the most artistic moment is Oscar Castro-Neves's orchestration of the well-known Villa-Lobos' "Prelude No.3". I don't know if I necessarily like it, or buy it. But there is something wonderful about hearing so familiar a tune set in a totally different way. His setting navigates some adventurous geography of harmony. In the end, for me however, Prelude No.3 will always be an unaccompanied sweetly sad lament.
Ottmar's finest work
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first found Ottmar when his Nouveau Flamingo CD was playing in a gift shop on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, NC in 1993. Since then, I have found his music to be some of the best of New Age Jazz. But this album. WOW! No matter what style of music one prefers, this is simply one of the most beautiful albums I have ever heard. Incredibly powerful! Thank you, Ottmar!"
Dan Engelberg | Montreal, Quebec Canada | 09/05/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ottmar Liebert is surprisingly graceful, restrained and subtle on this sincere and authentic ode to classical Spanish guitar. Liebert succeeds in exploring the subtly colored emotions of classical Spanish guitar music. There is a light flavouring of New Age in this CD, but in the very positive sense of authentically vulnerable tenderness rather than sappy sentimentality. It is clear that Liebert is treading new ground for himself here, and he does so with a refreshing and charming openness. A very pleasant CD that grows on you, and that can be played either in the foreground or the background."