Cosmopoly

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A cosmopolitan person is a citizen of the world, and harpist Andreas Vollenweider certainly is that. In his long, rich musical career, Vollenweider has immersed himself in music from around the globe. On COSMOPOLY, he skims off the cream, with the help of some distinguished musical friends. A stellar lineup of vocalists includes the playfully acrobatic Bobby McFerrin, the hushed Brazilian romance of Milton Nascimento, the heartbreaking soulfulness of Dijvan Gasparyan who also plays the Armenian duduk, and the bittersweet overdubs of Carly Simon on "Your Silver Key." Carlos Núñez's low whistle adds soulful warmth to "Morning Poem." There's a jazzy feel to many of the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
A cosmopolitan person is a citizen of the world, and harpist Andreas Vollenweider certainly is that. In his long, rich musical career, Vollenweider has immersed himself in music from around the globe. On COSMOPOLY, he skims off the cream, with the help of some distinguished musical friends. A stellar lineup of vocalists includes the playfully acrobatic Bobby McFerrin, the hushed Brazilian romance of Milton Nascimento, the heartbreaking soulfulness of Dijvan Gasparyan who also plays the Armenian duduk, and the bittersweet overdubs of Carly Simon on "Your Silver Key." Carlos Núñez's low whistle adds soulful warmth to "Morning Poem." There's a jazzy feel to many of the pieces. Check out the extraordinary dialogue between harp and piano played by Abdullah Ibrahim on "Ancient Pulse," the hip bass and drum groove courtesy of Walter Keiser on "Stella," and the moody yet cool trombone improvisations a gift of trombonist Ray Anderson on "Wil-o'-the Wisp." A few tracks feature Vollenweider's evocative compositions for Chinese instruments, while "Petit Smile" keys in on the saucy nature of the Basque accordion, played here by Kepa Junkera. The Solas String Quartet is featured on two tracks, the romantically intriguing "Vas del Sur" and "Long Road to You." Vollenweider is a gracious host throughout the album. This bon vivant of the harp can get a syncopated swing going, even in a dirge "Hush, My Heart, Be Still", and instills a warm glow to everything he plays.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Andreas Vollenweider's Cosmopoly finds the Swiss harpist collaborating with artists like Carlos Nunez, Abdulla Ibrahim, and Ray Anderson, and exploring the music of Africa, Brazil, China, Ireland, and the U.S. Fittingly, Vollenweider's palette of instruments on this album includes the ocarina, gu cheng, baby koto, 12-string guitar, Bavarian folk harp, Celtic harp, and Chinese harp, along with his usual custom-made rhythm harp. "Morning Poem," Vollenweider's Celtic-inspired duet with Nunez, is all the more moving for its restraint, and the unusual fusion of Bobby McFerrin's vocals with Chinese harp on "Elle Chelle" is another highlight. Ibrahim and Vollenweider create a smoky Armenian atmosphere on their doudouk/harp duet "Hush, My Heart, Be Still," and "Peachtree Valley" evokes a lush Chinese landscape, though the overly glossy production is somewhat distracting. Carly Simon's recitation of part of "Finnegan's Wake" on "Your Silver Key" is also slightly jarring, and some of the album's jazzier tracks seem out of place, but for the most part, Cosmopoly offers an intriguing fusion of traditional, indigenous styles and new musical ideas.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998909625
  • Catalog Number: 89096

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andreas Vollenweider Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Fiddle, Flute, Harp, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Koto, Wind Instruments, celtic harp, Duduk, Gu-Zheng, Clay Flute, Double Flute
Max Lasser Slide Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Milton Nascimento Vocals
Carly Simon Vocals
Ray Anderson Trombone
Bobby McFerrin Vocals
Abdullah Ibrahim Piano
Mindy Jostyn Fiddle, Vocals
Walter Keiser Percussion, Drums, Frame Drum
Christoph Stiefel Keyboards
Carlos Núñez Flute, Pipe, Low Whistle
Chunliang Al Huang Vocals, Voices
Kepa Junkera Accordion
Banz Oëster Acoustic Bass
Michel Poffet Acoustic Bass
Pingxing Xu Yang Chin
Antonio Di Francia Cello
Gerardo Morrone Viola
Xiaojing Wang Erhu
Miao Xiaoyun Pipa
Technical Credits
Andreas Vollenweider Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Mastering, Cover Design, Logo Art, Logo
Milton Nascimento Lyricist
James Joyce Quotes Researched & Compiled
Dude Durst Producer, Mastering, Cover Design
Eric Merz Engineer
Ed Tuton Engineer
Peoro Haldemann Engineer
Moritz Wetter Engineer
Helge Van Dyk Engineer, Mastering
Solis String Quartet Contributor
Miao Xiaoyun Contributor
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