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Cosmopoly [Bonus Disc]

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Review

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. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Morning Poem Andreas Vollenweider 1:13
  3. 2 Stella Andreas Vollenweider 5:19
  4. 3 Elle Chelle Andreas Vollenweider 3:13
  5. 4 Vals Del Sur Andreas Vollenweider 3:33
  6. 5 Hush, My Heart, Be Still... Andreas Vollenweider 5:43
  7. 6 Petit Smile Andreas Vollenweider 1:54
  8. 7 Under One Moon Andreas Vollenweider 4:56
  9. 8 Ancient Pulse Andreas Vollenweider 4:0
  10. 9 Peachtree Valley Andreas Vollenweider 3:36
  11. 10 Bright Moon, Still Shining... Andreas Vollenweider 1:7
  12. 11 At the Forest Fountain Andreas Vollenweider 6:8
  13. 12 Your Silver Key Andreas Vollenweider 1:55
  14. 13 Long Road To You Andreas Vollenweider 2:41
  15. 14 Capriccio Andreas Vollenweider 2:0
  16. 15 Will-O'-the-Wisp (Ignus Fatuus) Andreas Vollenweider 3:57
  17. 16 Cor Do Amor Andreas Vollenweider 2:36
  18. 17 The Fishbirdtree - Little Snap Andreas Vollenweider 3:46
  19. 1 Li'l Limba Andreas Vollenweider 3:54
  20. 2 Mountain Song Andreas Vollenweider 3:50
  21. 3 Secret Garden Andreas Vollenweider 3:52
  22. 4 Hey You! Yes, You... [Special Edit] Andreas Vollenweider 3:14

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