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by Jeff Johnson

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Byzantium 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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These compositions are based on Stephen R. Lawhead¿s novel ¿Byzantium¿, which concerns a group of Celtic monks traveling to far Byzantium, bearing the Book of Kells. Hopeful, expectant ¿wandering music¿ is tinged with mystery and mixed with eastern motifs. This release maintains Johnson and Dunning¿s gentle touch, but has a more exotic, driving and deeper tone than their earlier CD, ¿Music of Celtic Legends: The Bard and the Warrior¿, also inspired by the work of Lawhead. The evolution is compelling though, and eminently suitable to the story. These compositions contain more vocals and acoustic instrumentation too, including John Fitzpatrick on violin, the chanting of Janet Chvatal, and Omar Faruk Tekbilek on percussion and vocals. Particularly intriguing is the innovative and rousing ¿Sea Wolves¿, a dissonant duet between violin and flute reminiscent of modern chamber music, set above a rousing, steady drum rhythm. And Dunning does some really nice, varying work on his flutes on this CD, from biting and breathy ¿Jethro Tull¿ style techniques to the deep, haunting effects of what sound like alto and bass flutes. If you like storytelling music, check out also the compelling ¿Avalon: A Celtic Legend¿ and ¿Music Inspired by Middle Earth¿ by Diane and David Arkenstone, and the passionate ¿A Celtic Tale: The Legend of Deirdre¿ and ¿A Celtic Romance: The Legend of Liadain and Curithir¿ by the Danna brothers.