Pioneering Japanese synth-pop group second only to Kraftwerk in influence. Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) is a Japanese electronic music band consisting of principal members Haruomi Hosono (bass and keyboards and vocals), Yukihiro Takahashi (drums and lead vocals) and Ryuichi Sakamoto (keyboards and vocals). The band's former "fourth member" was music programmer Hideki Matsutake. Collection includes all studio albums, three live albums and three compilations.
One of the truly great Mystic Moods titles, originally released in the 1970's this is the romantic relaxing music you've been missing, now in surround sound you'll enjoy a completly different listening experience all your own. As your transformed from your everday world to a place of relaxation and happy past memories you won't be able to stop smiling… Cosmic force is the same great experience you'd expect with any Mystic Moods title. It's a little jazzier and in surround, but make no mistake, it's the feel good music that relaxes you & takes you outside your everyday life.
Quadrivium was composed in 1969 and marks the beginning of Maderna’s final creative period, during which he wrote impressive and headstrong works for large symphonic forces. Aura was commissioned for the 80th anniversary of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was premiered in 1972. Amanda was written in 1966 and is uninhibited, cheerful and lyrical.
Schubert's 'Wanderer Fantasy' and Schumann's 'Fantasie' are two highly remarkable works: while musically embodying the romantic spirit of the age in their unconventional structures and lyrically imaginative styles, they also act as self-portraits to their creators through the evocation of their creative process. In these new orchestrations by Joseph James, the familiar beauty of the works is rekindled in exciting and fresh interpretations performed by the illustrious English Chamber Orchestra alongside concertante solos from members of the Schubert Ensemble.
Kathleen Battle ended her operatic career on a sour note when she was fired from the MET, and this album somehow reflects that–it lacks her usual vivacity and joy. This is the only recital I've heard form her that's routine, and things aren't helped by the fact that her voice, a light colorature, isn't substantial enough for many of these arias, which are for a lyric soprano.By Santa Fe Listener
Cosmic Inc. (Cosmic Baby, aka Harald Blüchel) is responsible for the omnious instrumental music, which goes through a rainbow of colours, from pessimistic shades in the overture to optimistic in the end. Kraftwerk monotony and Ennio Morricone suspense go hand in hand. He creates an interesting symbiosis of classical music and techno… His soundtrack definitely sets new standarts.