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Cosmopoly [Bonus Disc]

Andreas Vollenweider 4/7/2010
Andreas Vollenweider's Cosmopoly finds the Swiss harpist collaborating with artists like Carlos Nunez, Abdul Ibrahim, and Ray Anderson, and exploring the music of Africa, Brazil, China, Ireland, and the U.S. Fittingly, Vollenweider's palette of instruments on this album includes the ocarina, gu cheng, baby koto, 12-string guitar, Bavarian folk harp, Celtic harp, and Chinese harp, along with his usual custom-made rhythm harp. "Morning Poem," Vollenweider's Celtic-inspired duet with Nunez, is all the more moving for its restraint, and the unusual fusion of Bobby McFerrin's vocals with Chinese harp on "Elle Chelle" is another highlight. Ibrahim and Vollenweider create a smoky Armenian atmosphere on their doudouk/harp duet "Hush, My Heart, Be Still," and "Peachtree Valley" evokes a lush Chinese landscape, though the overly glossy production is somewhat distracting. Carly Simon's recitation of part of Finnegan's Wake on "Your Silver Key" is also slightly jarring, and some of the album's jazzier tracks seem out of place, but for the most part, Cosmopoly offers an intriguing fusion of traditional, indigenous styles, and new musical ideas. [This version of the album contains an additional CD of bonus material.] ~ Heather Phares
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  1. # Song Length
  2. 1 Morning Poem PT1M13S
  3. 2 Stella PT5M19S
  4. 3 Elle Chelle PT3M13S
  5. 4 Vals Del Sur PT3M33S
  6. 5 Hush, My Heart, Be Still... PT5M43S
  7. 6 Petit Smile PT1M54S
  8. 7 Under One Moon PT4M56S
  9. 8 Ancient Pulse PT4M
  10. 9 Peachtree Valley PT3M36S
  11. 10 Bright Moon, Still Shining... PT1M7S
  12. 11 At the Forest Fountain PT6M8S
  13. 12 Your Silver Key PT1M55S
  14. 13 Long Road To You PT2M41S
  15. 14 Capriccio PT2M
  16. 15 Will-O'-the-Wisp (Ignus Fatuus) PT3M57S
  17. 16 Cor Do Amor PT2M36S
  18. 17 The Fishbirdtree - Little Snap PT3M46S
  19. 1 Li'l Limba PT3M54S
  20. 2 Mountain Song by Djivan Gasparyan PT3M50S
  21. 3 Secret Garden PT3M52S
  22. 4 Hey You! Yes, You... [Special Edit] PT3M14S

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