On July 25th. 1998 25.000 people flooded into London's Hide Park to watch the spectacular open air dance extravaganza, "Feet of Flames". With his feet moving too fast to catch fire, Michael Flatley and his too strong cast took dance into hitherto undreamt of dimensions. Feet of Flames was a one-off special, the culmination of everything Michael Flatley has learnt in a remarkable career. He created Lord of the Dance, phenomenon of the decade, which has captivated audiences all around the world and has spawned video and CD sales in their millions. There are now three Lord of the Dance troupes, each 40 strong, performing around the world. One is touring Europe, one is touring across America and the third is third is permanenly resident in Las Vegas. A fourth troupe will shorly by launched in Disney land Florida. On Feet of Flames, Michael shows he is not just the master of the stage but the fastest dancer in the world capable of 35 separate taps in a second. He is also a visionary choreographer and an accomplished musician. On this album, which captures the unique atmosphere of the performance in Hyde Park, Michael demonstrates his command of the flute on three new songs, the band number "Celic Fire", and haunting solos on "Whispering Wind" and "Dance Of Love". Michael Flatley has proved dance can flourish as a multi media spectacle. Feet of Flames will stand as a permanent legasy of his vision as he preperes to develop new challeges, which will continue to astound and delight his millions of fans.
A guitar-driven Krautrock record from the Mani Neumeier-led Guru Guru; which is notable because Neumeier was one of the better drummers in the Kosmiche scene so for him to sort of step back and allow his supporting cast to shine here makes this record altogether more special. This was the only record guitarist Houschäng Nejadapour recorded with the band, and his contributions are pretty spectacular- his playing borders on spine-tingling fusion jazz a la John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra before giving way to straight up Krauty motorik and world music excursions.
This disc is another installment in the Naxos Barber series, conducted by Marin Alsop. It has some interesting, little-heard music: Die Natalie, variations on Christmas carols, and the Commando March. Both show Barber's versatility and Die Natalie contains some deft counterpoint as Barber creates some remarkable music on those themes. The Piano concerto is well played by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the soloist, Stephan Prutsman.