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Posted October 1, 2010
A nice 2-disc collection of intriguing, life-affirming instrumentals that are alternately upbeat and soothing. Many are in major keys, and those that are minor are wistful and restful rather than dark. There are no super-imposed nature sounds here, as the title first led me to believe, but the titles of the selections reflect the composers’ focus on the natural environment. Especially winning are the selections by hammered dulcimer player Paul Reisler and his jazzy folk group Trapezoid (“Big Salmon”), shakuhachi player Kazu Matsui (“Sign of the Snow Crane”), composer Michael Whalen (“Through the Parched Lands: Desert Flower”), pianist Kostia (“Snowy River”), guitarist William Ellwood (“Touchstone”), neo-Persian cross-over ensemble Axiom of Choice (“A Walk by the Lake”), flutist Richard Warner (“Mountains in the Mist”), harp-guitarist John Doan (“Winter’s Eve), and oboist Nancy Rumbel (“Delicate Balance”). All in all, a good value, good introductions to the work of over 20 artists, and a pleasant, transporting mix!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.