Aria 3: Metamorphosis


Aria 3: Metamorphosis by Astor Place Recordings, LLC at Your Free Album. MPN: 1720457. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Souping up the classics with whatever contemporary music pulse is current at the moment has a long history. Some artists, like Emerson, Lake and Palmer, aspired to classical grandiosity. Others, like Michael Murphy and his discofied ''A Fifth of Beethoven,'' turn classical melodies into pop hooks. Paul Schwartz falls somewhere in the middle with his Aria project, of which this is the third. Electronica grooves and effects angle their way through songs ''based'' on operatic works by Handel, Verdi


Aria 3: Metamorphosis by Astor Place Recordings, LLC
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Souping up the classics with whatever contemporary music pulse is current at the moment has a long history. Some artists, like Emerson, Lake and Palmer, aspired to classical grandiosity. Others, like Michael Murphy and his discofied "A Fifth of Beethoven," turn classical melodies into pop hooks. Paul Schwartz falls somewhere in the middle with his Aria project, of which this is the third. Electronica grooves and effects angle their way through songs "based" on operatic works by Handel, Verdi, Puccini, and Monteverdi. Schwartz begins with a bar set high by some of these melodies, beautifully sung by soprano Rebecca Luker. Whether singing solo or in multi-tracked choirs, her voice opens heavens' gates, but she has to slog through some pedestrian arrangements to get there. Schwartz understands the difference between an orchestra and a synthesizer and with only a few exceptions--like the cheesy opening to "Ombra Ma Fu"--deploys each in appropriate measures. "Ascension," based on a Monteverdi aria is particularly striking with its underlying electronic ostinatos cycling through the breathtaking refrain. But too often, Schwartz's strings are saccharine and his rhythms clich├ęd in a music that uses high art only to reach for the facile. Like most classical-pop crossovers, time usually renders a verdict of kitsch in the first degree. --John Diliberto

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Manufacturer:
Astor Place Recordings, LLC
Category:
Arias
Model:
2038603
MPN:
1720457
Release Date:
2004-09-21
UPC:
099923576525
Part Number:
1720457
Publisher:
Astor Place Recordings, LLC
Creator:
Array
Publication Date:
2004-09-21
Binding:
Audio CD
Item Weight:
0.22 pounds
Item Size:
0.4 x 5 x 5.6 inches
Package Weight:
0.18 pounds
Package Size:
4.97 x 0.54 x 5.55 inches

 


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