Ancient & Modern
Angel (7243 5 56868 2 4)
Year Released: 1995 / 1999
Conducted by Anne Dudley
Review: Ancient And Modern
4 / 5 Stars
This is one of the most relaxing pieces of music Ive heard in years, as mentioned earlier, a slight departure from most of Dudleys recent work. Reaching back in time, albeit not as far back, for inspiration for an album is not uncommon for Ms. Dudley, as heard on the reunion album for the Art Of Noises The Seduction Of Claude Debussy. Dudley doesnt modernize for Ancient and Modern as much as she did for The Seduction Of Claude Debussy, and keeps more to the spirit of the original sources. Tackling the music, Ms. Dudley employs an 18 voice strong choir and a 50 piece period orchestra, filling out the music but not overpowering it. I really have to say that the CD is great, albeit makes me feel like Im in church, but the soothing qualities that are inherent in the melodies are usually missing from most modern music for various reasons. Most music sources categorize this work as "classical crossover" but I dont see it in the same category as other crossovers such as Claude Bolling and Phillip Glass because of Dudleys closer tie the traditional arrangements and orchestrations.
I can see that doing a project like this good practice for composers, allowing them to really learn the music and get "in the heads" of the masters such as Bach. Many film composers such as John Williams, Elliot Goldenthal, and Jerry Goldsmith have had some success with doing pieces out of their usual realm of straight film scoring, and I believe it helps keep them fresh. I highly recommend the album for the content and music but also because its a break in style from most of Anne Dudleys film and pop work and its plain listenability.
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