Cusco - Ancient Journeys: A Vision of the New World

Artist: Cusco
Title Of Album: Ancient Journeys: A Vision of the New World
Year Of Release: February 29, 2000
Label: Higher Octave
Genre, Style: New Age
Quality, Bitrate: MP3, 256 kbit
Total Size: 78.56 Mb, COVERS - 3.06 MB

“Ancient Journeys” (“Путешествия древности”) – это новое путешествие музыкантов по странам и континентам. На этот раз их путь лежит в Средиземноморье и, минуя Византию, на Ближний Восток. Хотя все равно в музыке “Cusco” явственно ощущаются индейские мотивы! Каждая композиция альбома ведет слушателя в свое путешествие, в конкретное место и эпоху. Музыка “Cusco” очень образна. Не случайно Михаэль Хельм так говорит о ней: “Cusco” – это рассказчик, мы только рисуем изображения с помощью звуков и мелодий”. И гитара знаменитого Оттмара Либерта (Ottmar Liebert) ярко расцвечивает композицию “Da Gama”.

From the Cradle of Civilization to the Age of Discovery, the worldbeat ensemble Cusco presents a dramatic, richly textured landscape commemorating ancient journeys that have changed the vision of the world. Soaring flutes, tribal drums, and an array of new and old-world instruments (simply credited as percussion) capture the romance of everything from Spanish galleons on the high seas, caravans to the Orient, and the densely percussive exotic seduction of the bazaar in "Byzantium." While most of the tunes feature a wide range of dramatic shifts-- "Conquistadores" rolls from an orchestral overture to intense percussion and tribal flutes, and "Land of the Midnight Sun" contrasts a high-toned soaring flute with dramatic synth creating low-tone choir effects -- a happy medium is struck on the opening track "Da Gama." That track is a bubbly, loping flamenco-tinged piece driven by the always welcome acoustic guitar lines of guest star Ottmar Liebert. "The Journey of Marco Polo" rolls powerfully along with a stampede of airy flutes, snappy guitars, and ominous synth footprints. The band is also kind enough to reacquaint us with the history of the world, as colorful liner notes explain the possible origins of civilization as well as some of the historic journeys that made history over the past several thousand years. Dramatic and powerful, yet easy to get into. ~ Jonathan Widran, All Music Guide

01. Da Gama  03:33
02. Conquistadores  03:49
03. Land of the Midnight Sun  04:28
04. Tigris & Euphrates  06:44
05. Byzantium  05:34
06. The Journeys of Marco Polo  03:07
07. The Horsemen of Bulgar  05:29
08. Kublai Khan  04:25
09. The Crusades  05:40

Matt Marshall - Executive Producer
Kristian Schultze - Percussion, Arranger, Keyboards
Dan Selene - Executive Producer
Manuel Lopez - Guitar (Acoustic)
David Donnelly - Digital Mixing
Biboul Darouiche - Percussion
Debra Holland - Percussion
Klaus Strazicky - Mixing
Johan Daansen - Guitar
Michael Holm - Percussion, Arranger, Producer, Keyboards
Cusco - Main Performer
Ottmar Liebert - Guitar


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