Star Clusters, Nebulae & Places in Devon/The Song of the White Horse [Classicprint]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
The Song of the White Horse is the original 1983 pressing of the album subsequently reissued (by Voiceprint and Classicprint) as Star Clusters, Nebulae & Places in Devon/The Song of the White Horse. Originally issued on Mike Oldfield's short-lived eponymous label, it is comprised of just two pieces of music -- both of which can now be referred to as the title track. Originally composed in 1971 and performed by Bedford and former Soft Machine keyboardist Mike Ratledge, "Star Clusters, Nebulae & Places in Devon" was titled for Bedford's discovery that the stars that are visible today are only now shedding the light that was originally emitted during the Bronze Age; ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (1) from $154.04   
  • New (1) from $154.04   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$154.04
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(254)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
AUDIO CD New 604388451227 NEW/SEALED & in Excellent Condition-BUY NOW and REMEMBER WHEN ***

Ships from: Geneva, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
The Song of the White Horse is the original 1983 pressing of the album subsequently reissued (by Voiceprint and Classicprint) as Star Clusters, Nebulae & Places in Devon/The Song of the White Horse. Originally issued on Mike Oldfield's short-lived eponymous label, it is comprised of just two pieces of music -- both of which can now be referred to as the title track. Originally composed in 1971 and performed by Bedford and former Soft Machine keyboardist Mike Ratledge, "Star Clusters, Nebulae & Places in Devon" was titled for Bedford's discovery that the stars that are visible today are only now shedding the light that was originally emitted during the Bronze Age; it is, accordingly, a lengthy piece that seems fully aware of the mysteries inherent in such vast distance. The piece itself is often bizarre -- one passage, toward the end, seems to transform the singers into a flock of chattering penguins; elsewhere, the two choirs' librettos all but battle one another, the first set of voices reciting local Devonshire place names, while the second sings out the names of the stars. Equally disconcerting is the abrupt halt to which the performance comes, a shade under 25 minutes in. "Song of the White Horse," too, is concerned with ancient mysteries -- in this instance, the giant horse carved into the chalk hills above Uffington in southern England. Originally composed for the BBC television program Omnibus in 1977, its five sections follow a journey along the lines of hilltops known as the Ridgeway; one section is named for Wayland's Smithy and another for the Blowing Stone, an ancient rock that Bedford himself "plays" during this portion of the piece. Instrumental for much of its duration, "The Song of the White Horse" finally lives up to the first half of its title during the fourth movement, when a choir enters the proceedings. Led by singer Diane Coulson and built around a lengthy G.K. Chesterton poem, the choir's arrival is initially intrusive but one rapidly warms to its presence, and the piece builds to a simply gorgeous climax, the Coulson showpiece "Postlude."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • Label: Classicprint Uk
  • UPC: 604388451227
  • Catalog Number: 11

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Star Clusters, Nebulae & Places in Devon, for brass & chorus - London Philharmonic Orchestra (25:03)
  2. 2 The Song of the White Horse, for chorus & orchestra - Choir of Queen's College, Oxford (23:46)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Bedford Primary Artist, Keyboards
John Alldis Conductor
Diane Coulson Soloist
London Philharmonic Orchestra Track Performer
Mike Ratledge Keyboards
Steuart Bedford Conductor
The Nash Ensemble Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Choir of Queen's College, Oxford Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Mike Oldfield Producer, Engineer
David Bedford Composer
Rob Healing Executive Producer
Frank Owen Engineer
G.K. Chesterton Poetry, Text
Barry Atkinson Artwork
Frank Owens Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously