Mandolin

Bel Canto – Shimmering, Warm & Bright (1992)

Musically this album is solidly placed in the world of electronica. Analogue instruments can be heard throughout the album, but the most important and defining sounds in the soundscape here are electronic. Mellow, dreamy, melancholy and slightly sad sounding is as good a description as any of this album in general. As for the individual songs here, all of them are good. There are differences in rhythms, tempo and style en masse here, but all of the songs are mesmerizing and captivating.… Read more

Maire Brennan – Two Horizons

The album marks a change of direction in production, arrangement and style for Brennan in terms of her solo career, featuring no other vocalists but herself. The album features Irish fiddle player Máire Breatnach among others. The album also features much of Brennan’s current live band.… Read more

Thomas Barquee – Missa (2002)

Awesome album. Its powerful energy is due to the fact that each track unites two religious musical cultures – Western and Eastern, in particular the hymns of the Catholic church (16-17 cc) and the famous mantras of India and Tibet.… Read more

Tarika – Son Egal (Music of Madagascar)

This album is not just field recordings, or abstract arrangements of pro-Western composers on abundant ethnic material – this is the very life of Madagascar. And it’s not for nothing that the authors of the project have made quite interesting studies of the most problematic periods of the country’s history, connected with the influence of Senegal.… Read more