Passage 138 B.C. - A.D. 1611

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All Music Guide - Kurt Keefner
Many people do not realize that the major and minor keys are but vestiges of a system of eight modes devised by the ancient Greeks. The composition of music in the West was dominated by this system for 1100 years, from circa 400 C.E. to 1500 C.E., although it originated earlier and lasted longer in some places. On this disc, Empire Brass Quintet explores modal music wiht the aid of two vocalists, a guitarist, a bassist, a synthesizer player and a percussionist. Since there is a deep connection between brass instruments and fanfares and another connection between fanfares and the Middle Ages think jousting, the album's concept, eclectic as it is, actually works. Although ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Kurt Keefner
Many people do not realize that the major and minor keys are but vestiges of a system of eight modes devised by the ancient Greeks. The composition of music in the West was dominated by this system for 1100 years, from circa 400 C.E. to 1500 C.E., although it originated earlier and lasted longer in some places. On this disc, Empire Brass Quintet explores modal music wiht the aid of two vocalists, a guitarist, a bassist, a synthesizer player and a percussionist. Since there is a deep connection between brass instruments and fanfares and another connection between fanfares and the Middle Ages think jousting, the album's concept, eclectic as it is, actually works. Although Gregorian chant and Hildegard von Bingen put in an appearance, this is not the stereotypical collection of soothing yet depressing chants. This music is played faster than that and carries a high drama, as on "De Profundis From the Depths," which features a martial percussion track and equally high-colored brass. You'd think with the synthesizer and the bass and the soft-focus recording that we were in danger of new age blandness here, but things never come to that. This piece could almost be an anthem at the Olympics. Some of the tracks are a bit overly diffuse and mild, but still interesting if you love ancient music. Even if it's not completely successful, experiments like this one should be encouraged.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/1994
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408035524
  • Catalog Number: 80355
  • Sales rank: 105,214

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Empire Brass Primary Artist, Ensemble
David Goldblatt Synthesizer
Douglas Lunn Bass Guitar
Kurt Wortman Percussion
Laurie Monahan Vocals, Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Eric Ruske French Horn
Rolf Smedvig Trumpet
Douglas Wright Trombone, Tenor (Vocal)
Kenneth Amis Tuba
Michael Collver Vocals, Counter Tenor (Vocal)
Luiz Garcia Horn
Luiz Garcia French Horn
Pete Maunu Guitar
Ken Amis Tuba
Technical Credits
Carlo Gesualdo Composer
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Composer
Mark Isham Arranger, Composer
Francesco Landini Composer
Michael Bishop Engineer
Peter Maxwell Davies Arranger
Elaine Martone Producer
Robert Woods Executive Producer
Kurt Wortman Arranger, Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo Artwork
Susan Cybulski Cover Design
Eric Ruske Arranger
Rolf Smedvig Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Anonymous Composer Composer
Stephan Krause Engineer
Gregorian Chant Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A truly inspiring piece of music

    Every track on this brings its own emotion to the surface. Tracks 2, 5 and 6 are musts! Truly amazing music! Perfect for meditation or the Great Work.

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