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An American Composer in Concert
Tim Janis
An American Composer in Concert
Genres: Special Interest, New Age, Pop
 
Composer Tim Janis has long straddled the line between contemporary instrumental and classical music. With An American Composer in Concert, he further blurs that line. The first nine tracks of this disc were recorded by th...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Tim Janis
Title: An American Composer in Concert
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 4
Label: Tim Janis Ensemble
Release Date: 10/23/2001
Genres: Special Interest, New Age, Pop
Styles: Meditation, Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 664277110420, 066427711042

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Composer Tim Janis has long straddled the line between contemporary instrumental and classical music. With An American Composer in Concert, he further blurs that line. The first nine tracks of this disc were recorded by the Tim Janis Ensemble in the composer's studio. They're short, majestic, and relaxing instrumentals named after nature themes ("Cape Elizabeth," "The Fallen Leaves of Autumn," "Pacific Wind"). Things pick up slightly during the 10 live tracks that make up the second half of this disc. Recorded at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center with the American Symphony Orchestra, these tracks feature luxuriant strings, the occasional pennywhistle solo, and one vocal track (a take on "Amazing Grace" with sweeping orchestrations). As with most Janis efforts, there's nothing groundbreaking here, just soothing music and pleasant melodies. --Jason Verlinde

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Splendid Live Performance from Modern Composer Tim Janis
S. Cairns | Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, United Kingdom | 04/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Tim Janis's latest CD is split into two sections; the first 9 tracks feature new works, and the latter 10 tracks are taken from his live performance at the Lincoln Centre (USA) earlier in 2001.The new tracks are a little repetitive in sound, but there is some quality music within them. Where the CD really takes off, however, is in the live section, which features renditions of his favourite pieces ably supported by the American Symphony Orchestra. Stand-out tracks include "Twin Lights", "Water's Edge" and my favourite of all, "Amazing Grace", featuring the powerful voice of Gwendolyn Leathers supported by some fabulous orchestration."White Mountain" deserves a mention of its own for its sheer excellence and beauty. Stunning penny-whistle playing!These live tracks are taken from Janis's previous releases, including the excellent "Water's Edge" and the now unavailable "Flowers in October".At over 70 minutes in length, you get a lot of music for your money.If you enjoy melodic, soothing instrumental music played by a symphony orchestra, this CD may well be the one for you.Highly recommended."
An outstanding CD that leaves you wanting more
GaryB | Middletown, MD USA | 03/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

""An American Composer in Concert" is another outstanding CD from Tim Janis. The lush mixture of ensemble and orchestral songs truly transport you to a better place emotionally and mentally. Tim Janis composes the music I've been waiting my whole life to hear, though I didn't know it until I heard it. I'm much more at peace with nature and myself after listening to his music. On this CD, "Blue Hill Bay" is probably my favorite of all Tim Janis' songs, but all the songs on this CD (with the possible exception of a vocal rendition of "Amazing Grace" that doesn't seem to belong) are great. If you haven't heard Tim Janis' music, you owe it to yourself to get this one and listen to it. Since I've found his music grows on people, I guarantee if you listen to your CD 5 times, you'll be hooked like I am and explore his other CD's as well. Enjoy!!"