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Eternity's Sunrise

Eternity's Sunrise

by Bill Douglas
     
 
The world's complex musical fusions and cross-pollinations don't seem to have reached the shores of composer Bill Douglas. This compilation (drawn from his seven albums for Hearts of Space) touches ground anchored by Celtic sensibilities and the sturdy English choral tradition. Douglas plays piano, synthesizers, and bassoon; the

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The world's complex musical fusions and cross-pollinations don't seem to have reached the shores of composer Bill Douglas. This compilation (drawn from his seven albums for Hearts of Space) touches ground anchored by Celtic sensibilities and the sturdy English choral tradition. Douglas plays piano, synthesizers, and bassoon; the instrumental tracks seem to take flight from the four-square melodies of the choral sections, sung by the Ars Nova Singers "Farther Than the Stars" is a delightful weave of clarinet (played by Bil Jackson), glowing clarion melodies, and crystalline chimes. Douglas plays a fanciful piano on "Return to Inishmore," while Peter Cooper takes the proudly marching melody on oboe. When the choir returns for "I Shall Not Live in Vain" (with lyrics by both Emily Dickinson and William Blake), you'd think the angels have come to give their blessing. Douglas wrote a few tracks -- "Earth Prayer" and the instrumental "Elegy," which features a passionate performance by cellist David Lockington -- in memory of his father, and indeed, the whole album has the sacred purity of an English stone church. This music seems to flare from the heart and rise to the heavens, unencumbered by saccharine sweetness. Simply lovely.

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All Music Guide - Campbell
Eternity's Sunrise is a good place to start if you're unfamiliar with the soothing and spiritual nature of composer/multi-instrumentalist Bill Douglas. Encompassing his several releases on the Hearts of Space label, Douglas' compositions prominently feature his bassoon and piano playing often backed by the Ars Nova Singers, with lyrical content borrowed from the poetry of Shakespeare, Tennyson, Yeats, Traherne, and Shelly.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2000
Label:
Hearts Of Space
UPC:
0025041140126
catalogNumber:
11401
Rank:
143185

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