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|Miriam Stockley||Vocals, Background Vocals|
|Alison Taylor||Violin, Viola|
|Ian Lynn||Arranger, Programming, Executive Producer|
|Doerte Lau||Art Direction|
Posted October 1, 2010
This unlikely combination of pop, new age, pseudo-traditional and orchestral music by British pianist/composer Julia Taylor was created as a companion to the “treasure hunt” book of the same title by Jonathan Gunson and Marten Coombe. The result is a surprisingly rich and enticing “soundtrack”, which draws the listener into a world of mystery and magic. Electronica and a full orchestra are supplemented by Allison Taylor’s string solos, singers Shelagh and Sheryle Gwynfar, and occasional, brief narrations by “Merlin” (Joss Ackland). There are different styles and flavors here, and the occasional lyrics are a little sappy, but primarily this is a true instrumental soundtrack--alternatingly sweeping and pensive, driving and emotive, and at all times transporting. I’m not sure I would listen to this while I was solving a puzzle or searching for hidden treasure, as I would pay more attention to the music than to my task, but it’s great, evocative stuff for conjuring up creative ideas and losing one’s self in. If you like “The Merlin Mystery”, you might enjoy discovering the rich and passionate storytelling music of Mychael and Jeff Danna as well; it is also orchestral and somewhat similar in tone. Try “A Celtic Tale: The Legend of Deirdre”, and “A Celtic Romance: The Legend of Liadain and Curithir”. Darby Devon’s work in Highlands is also quite complimentary. Happy hunting!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.