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Windham Hill Mozart Variations
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Flute Force, John Sanders
Windham Hill Mozart Variations
Genres: Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Classical
 
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Stately and subdued, Mozart Variations joins The Impressionists and Bach Variations as interpretive projects involving Windham Hill artists and a gathering of guest performers. The disc's overall mood is largely reverentia...  more »

      
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All Artists: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Flute Force, John Sanders, Michael Manring
Title: Windham Hill Mozart Variations
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Windham Hill Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2000
Re-Release Date: 4/4/2000
Genres: Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Classical
Styles: Meditation, Opera & Classical Vocal, Chamber Music, Forms & Genres, Concertos, Serenades & Divertimentos, Symphonies, Instruments, Keyboard, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 019341142225, 2605000012541

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Stately and subdued, Mozart Variations joins The Impressionists and Bach Variations as interpretive projects involving Windham Hill artists and a gathering of guest performers. The disc's overall mood is largely reverential, though its periodic departures from tradition are surprisingly successful. Mike Marshall's mandolin-driven "Allegro from the Serenade #13 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusic'" is a dignified charmer, and William Coulter's Celtic embellishments give "Theme from Symphony #40" a lively, unexpected spin. John Lee Sanders engineers perhaps the album's biggest left turn by applying a restrained soprano saxophone to "Et In Carnatus Est (from Mass in C Minor)." Arrangements that most effectively intertwine classical and contemporary influences: a lovely rendering of "Menuett #6" by pianist Liz Story and Paul McCandless's adaptation of "Motet 'Ave Verum Corpus'" for wind instruments and acoustic guitar. --Terry Wood

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Breathtakingly Beautiful, but not for the musical snob...
Richard W. Williams | Glastonbury, Ct. USA | 05/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mark my words. This is one of the most beautiful recordings I have ever heard. This is NOT new age, so don't let the label fool you. These are thoughtful variations of some of the most recognized Mozart pieces performed by some of the best contemporary musicians on earth. Most are virtually unrecognizable except for the famously faithful themes running throughout. Lots of historic Windham Hill stable musicians are represented here, along with some hugely talented "guest" artists. The Turtle Island String Quartet, Liz Story, Mike Marshall, Paul McCandless and Michael Manring bring their usual excitement to everything they play, but my favorite piece has to be "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" by the L.A. Guitar Quartet. If their interpretation of this early Mozart doodle fails to draw an eye mist or a lung gasp, then you must be dead! This is too good to languish at the bottom of the Amazon pit. Buy this and live a little."
Peaceful and calming for parents and children
TR | wi | 03/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"We picked this up after sampling several of the cuts here at Amazon. We were interested in a way to introduce our 1+/- year old to classical music and add to our drive and naptime repertoire. We couldn't be happier with this CD. The variations reflect the enormous talent and creativity of those arranging and performing on the CD and underscore how timeless music can be! If you like Classical, Jazz, NewAge or Eclectic, this will fit well in your collection!"