Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews
LUDOVICO EINAUDI: In a Time Lapse [TrackList follows] – Einaudi, keyboards & electronics/Daniel Hope, violin/string ensemble/others – Ponderosamusic&art DEUTER: East of the Full Moon [TrackList follows] – composed, played and produced by Deuter – Newearthrecords.com
Published on March 29, 2013
LUDOVICO EINAUDI: In a Time Lapse [TrackList follows] – Einaudi, keyboards & electronics/Daniel Hope, violin/string ensemble/others – Ponderosamusic&art 105 ****:
DEUTER: East of the Full Moon [TrackList follows] – composed, played and produced by Deuter – Newearthrecords.com NE 2515 [Distr. by Allegro] ****:
Einaudi in Italy and Deuter in New Mexico are two of the finest creators in the New Age field and their music provides great pleasure whether used as background or listening closely—unlike many New Age recordings. Einaudi started his career as a classical composer but soon began to incorporate other genres in his works. He has collaborated in the areas of theater, video and dance. He did the scores for Intouchables and the TV series of Doctor Zhivago, much other TV and commercials work, and several albums for piano and various ensembles, of which this is the latest. Many of his albums have been best sellers. And he looks like Cary Grant.
Many of the tracks on this CD have his keyboards supported by string sections. It is difficult to describe his music except to say that although it is very tonal and accessible it doesn’t “talk down” to the listener, but has considerable depth. The variety of different ensembles and the subtle use of electronics on some of the tracks adds to their interest.
TrackList: Corale, Time Lapse, Life, Walk, Discovery at Night, Run, Brothers, Orbits, Two Trees, Newton’s Cradle, Waterways, Experience, Underwood, Burning.
German musician C.G. Deuter has been creating healing music albums for decades now. He is currently based in Santa Fe and uses an array of acoustic, electric and electronic instruments, often adding symphonic textures to the sound to add interest. On this album he has a guest tabla player and a kinara player, as well as mixing in bird sounds he recorded in Switzerland. His music usually has a more pleasant acoustic sound, stressing simplicity, with less reverberation and effects than some New Age recordings. A most elegant creator of warmly ambient soundscapes.
TrackList: Demmerschein, East of the Full Moon, Vibrant Dusk, Moon-Silvered Clouds, Marfa Lights I, Black Valvet Flirt, Earth Shadow, Marla Lights 2, Dawn Shimmer.