Deep Peace

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All Music Guide - Carol Wright
Composer/bassoonist Bill Douglas has always had an affinity for the romance of Celtic music. On Deep Peace, Douglas has set to music poems by William Butler Yates, William Blake, Robert Burns, and Alfred Graves. Wonder of wonder, Douglas uses a real chorus -- the Ars Nova Singers -- and perfectly smooth they sing, like angels, silk, or fine scotch. The arrangements are delicately supportive; a soft piano joins near the end of the a cappella "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" while "Piping Down the Valleys Wild" is set on its happy course by woodwinds and piano. Gradually, the oboe and piano take a more active role and are joined by strings. What brings Douglas' music above ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Carol Wright
Composer/bassoonist Bill Douglas has always had an affinity for the romance of Celtic music. On Deep Peace, Douglas has set to music poems by William Butler Yates, William Blake, Robert Burns, and Alfred Graves. Wonder of wonder, Douglas uses a real chorus -- the Ars Nova Singers -- and perfectly smooth they sing, like angels, silk, or fine scotch. The arrangements are delicately supportive; a soft piano joins near the end of the a cappella "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" while "Piping Down the Valleys Wild" is set on its happy course by woodwinds and piano. Gradually, the oboe and piano take a more active role and are joined by strings. What brings Douglas' music above everyday church fare is his strong connection to the Celtic and the bittersweet nobility -- playful, yet sad -- of the oboe, bassoon, and clarinet. Instrumental interludes, such as "The Wandering Moon," freshen the ear to enjoy the chorus even more. Special acknowledgment must be given to the piano, a noble Bosendorfer Imperial Concert Grand, which is showcased on "The Secret Forest." This luxurious and unhurried album will take one's head and heart to heaven.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/1996
  • Label: Hearts Of Space
  • UPC: 025041107020
  • Catalog Number: 11070
  • Sales rank: 43,319

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Deep Peace - Ars Nova (4:48)
  2. 2 Flow Gently, Sweet Afton - Ars Nova (4:23)
  3. 3 Piping Down the Valleys Wild - Ars Nova (3:47)
  4. 4 The Wandering Moon - Ars Nova (3:40)
  5. 5 O Earth, O Earth, Return - Ars Nova (4:18)
  6. 6 The Secret Forest - Ars Nova (4:25)
  7. 7 The Hills of Glencar - Ars Nova (3:56)
  8. 8 Red Rose, Sad Rose - Ars Nova (4:50)
  9. 9 Return to Inishmore - Ars Nova (3:22)
  10. 10 Voices of Children - Ars Nova (3:50)
  11. 11 Evening Star - Ars Nova (3:56)
  12. 12 Irish Lullaby - Ars Nova (4:35)
  13. 13 Deep Peace (Reprise) - Ars Nova (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Douglas Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Bassoon
Anne Stackpole-Cuellar Flute
Brett Wallace Cello
Peter Cooper Oboe
Stephanie Arado Violin
Bill Jackson Clarinet
Ars Nova Vocals, Track Performer
Thomas Morgan Conductor
Technical Credits
Bill Douglas Arranger, Producer
Stephen Hill Mastering, Art Direction
Bob Olhsson Mastering
Jeff Shuey Producer
Ars Nova Contributor
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