MIKE OLDFIELD
Music Of The Spheres
(Decca)

 

Inspired by an ancient philosophical / mathematical concept, possibly originated by Pythagorus, that music is related to the sun, moon and planets, Music Of The Spheres has the musical stamp of Mike Oldfield written all over it. Laying down his electric guitars, Oldfield tastefully places his nylon acoustic in and around the orchestra on his 2008 14 track, 45 minute, two part orchestral / symphonic suite. Recorded at the famed Abbey Road studios in London, Music Of The Spheres also features guest spots by Chinese piano classicist Lang Lang with quintessential Oldfield inspired vocals from Hayley Westerna. Interestingly, Oldfield originally recorded Music Of The Spheres using orchestral samples, which he then handed over to Britain’s most popular living classical composer Karl Jenkins, who re-recorded Oldfield’s music with a full orchestra of classical musicians. Oldfield, who during the recording claimed that ‘At times I was almost moved to tears by the beauty of the music,’ mixed the album with his classic sound in mind and the results are among the most striking, classically inspired music he has ever made. www.mikeoldfield.com

 

 
   
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