The Mirror Pool

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Lisa Gerrard was so indelibly and obviously a part of what made Dead Can Dance what it is that it's little wonder that The Mirror Pool feels essentially like a continuation of that band's haunting, vast atmospheres. Without Brendan Perry's deep, rolling voice as a contrast, Gerrard's sky-sweeping abilities transform the entire recording into a truly mystical experience. The use of Australia's Victorian Philharmonic Orchestra on many tracks continues the tradition of strong arrangements in Gerrard's work, thanks to the abilities of John Bonnar, who conducts as well as performs at other points. Future collaborator Pieter Bourke contributes everything from vocals to tabla and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Lisa Gerrard was so indelibly and obviously a part of what made Dead Can Dance what it is that it's little wonder that The Mirror Pool feels essentially like a continuation of that band's haunting, vast atmospheres. Without Brendan Perry's deep, rolling voice as a contrast, Gerrard's sky-sweeping abilities transform the entire recording into a truly mystical experience. The use of Australia's Victorian Philharmonic Orchestra on many tracks continues the tradition of strong arrangements in Gerrard's work, thanks to the abilities of John Bonnar, who conducts as well as performs at other points. Future collaborator Pieter Bourke contributes everything from vocals to tabla and claps, while other guests add similar touches. Gerrard handles everything else, as always demonstrating her excellent abilities on the yang t'chin, while when it comes to singing she again is practically peerless, her multi-octave range demonstrating both power and astonishing control. If there is a slight criticism of The Mirror Pool, it's that as a collection it's almost too overwhelming -- the contrast between more direct and loftier performances on Dead Can Dance releases add immeasurably to their impact. It's hard to argue with the end results, though -- Gerrard's singing is just so rich and dramatic that even the smallest complaint seems puny. Her overdubbed choir effects are particularly striking, especially when she's exploring different styles within the same song. Several cuts make their studio debut after having been part of the Dead Can Dance live repertoire, as partially captured on Toward the Within; two standouts in particular are "Sanvean" and "Persian Love Song." Others, such as "Ahjon" and the immediately following "Glorafin" seem to derive from Gerrard's Dead Can Dance piece "Bird." There's even an attractive adaptation of Handel's composition "Largo," which suits the mood perfectly, and on which Gerrard's vocals are absolutely perfect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: 4ad Records Uk
  • UPC: 652637500929
  • Catalog Number: 5009

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Violina: The Last Embrace (5:43)
  2. 2 La Bas: Song of the Drowned (7:41)
  3. 3 Persian Love Song: The Silver Gun (2:33)
  4. 4 Sanvean: I Am Your Shadow (3:48)
  5. 5 The Rite (3:22)
  6. 6 Ajhon (3:09)
  7. 7 Glorafin (4:50)
  8. 8 Majhnavea's Music Box (1:34)
  9. 9 Largo (2:52)
  10. 10 Werd (1:39)
  11. 11 Laurelei (5:58)
  12. 12 Celon (6:06)
  13. 13 Venteles (2:37)
  14. 14 Swans (5:47)
  15. 15 Nilleshna (6:29)
  16. 16 Gloradin (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lisa Gerrard Primary Artist
John Bonnar Conductor, Keyboards, Vocals
Pieter Bourke Bass, Drums, Tabla, Vocals, Darabeka, Hand Clapping
Dimitry Kyryakou Bouzouki, Vocals
Jacek Tuschewski Vocals
Victorian Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Glorafin Pieter Drums, Tabla, Vocals
Technical Credits
Lisa Gerrard Arranger, Producer, Engineer
John Bonnar Arranger
Dimitry Kyryakou Arranger
Jacek Tuschewski Engineer, Cover Art, Cover Image
Robin Gray Engineer
Garry Havrillay Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heavenly

    If you go to heaven they're playing this and the angels are back to square 1 for rehearsing. Play on safe and bring your own cd's and you can turn hell into heaven.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AN ORCHESTRATED MASTERPIECE

    Lisa Gerrard, one half of the former band Dead Can Dance and now a famous film composer undoubtedly possesses one of the most glorious voices on the planet. THE MIRROR POOL was her first solo work and with it she continued to use her own personal language to weave wondrous musical tapestries of dark and light. This forms nothing short of a masterpiece. In addition to the Victorian Philharmonic Orchestra Lisa uses an eclectic assortment of instruments from various regions of the globe. It is difficult to file her music into a certain genre although 'World' would be the appropriate choice I believe. Many of her countless musical influences come from a Greek-Turkish community in Melbourne, Australia where Lisa spent much of her childhood. These global influences give her music its wonderfully chameleonic quality. As I stated earlier Lisa is now a famous Golden Globe nominated film composer, in addition to recording an equally stunning collaborative recording with Pieter Bourke called ''Duality'' she has scored the wonderful film ''The Insider'' with Pieter Bourke also. Just recently she completed scoring with Hans Zimmer for the great film ''Gladiator''. Lisa departed the groundbreaking band Dead Can Dance a few years ago. At first news of this I guess I was sad, I must say now I am ecstatic, she has moved on to such greater things and she is now getting the fame she has deserved for quite some time.

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