Turning

Turning

by Suzanne Ciani
     
 
The only vocal on Suzanne Ciani's TURNING is the title track, but the album is all about relationships and the idea of turning back to love. The ethereal beauty of the waltz melody should be enough to bring back the wayward, lying, blue-eyed prince that Chyi-Yu sings to with such radiant yearning. (Ciani notes that the lyrics are not<

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The only vocal on Suzanne Ciani's TURNING is the title track, but the album is all about relationships and the idea of turning back to love. The ethereal beauty of the waltz melody should be enough to bring back the wayward, lying, blue-eyed prince that Chyi-Yu sings to with such radiant yearning. (Ciani notes that the lyrics are not based on her relationship, but I'll leave it up to the composer and Dr. Laura to discuss why such a gorgeous tune and glorious voice should be spent on such a louse! Ciani later reprises "Turning" as an instrumental.) Featured on the album is Ciani's group the Wave, a veritable "Who's Who" of primo guest artists: jazz oboeist Paul McCandless, violinist Steve Kindler, guitarist Teja Bell, bass player Michael Manring, flautist Matt Eackle, and cellist Joseph Herbert. Synthesizers are used sparingly -- the effects on "Bird and Fish" are especially charming -- and the sense of intimacy is very apparent. The flute and oboe weave together like river rapids or swooping birds, while Manring's bass seems to hold down the Earth. Ciani's piano solos are often rhapsodic, like in "The Enchantress." On "La Mer" (The Sea), her impressionistic arpeggios sparkle and glisten amid the wavelike swells of the bass and foamy crash of cymbals. You won't mind listening to TURNING over and over again; even if you have it playing in the background, many tasty passages will entice your attention and send you into a reverie.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Brenholts
Suzanne Ciani is one of the classiest new age performers of this -- or any other -- era. Turning is her 11th album and her first to include vocals. The title track has romantic lyrics written by Ciani and performed by Chyi Yu. It is the opening track and it is a grabber. That is a good start and Ciani builds on it strongly. Her classical training and her spiritual sensitivity ooze from every chord and every note on this CD. The gentle melodies are elegant and regal, the atmospheres are soft and warm, and the soundscape is lazy and seductive. And the nicest feature of this CD is Ciani herself. Her smiling countenance on the front of the disc is the first clue. In the liner notes she gives up the mystery: "I make these records firstly for myself...(and) to communicate with whomever will listen...(Turning) was a joy for me to make...for me and for you." Any work created with that 12-step philosophy is a guaranteed winner. This is an essential new age classic. It will appeal to fans of Lisa Lynne, Nancy Rumbel, Constance Demby, and Dean Evenson.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/1999
Label:
Seventh Wave
UPC:
0799547700626
catalogNumber:
7006
Rank:
144847

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