Hennie Bekker

Breaking through the Mist

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This is the second release in The Solitudes label's Exploring Nature with Music series, and the follow-up to the highly successful Harmony. Like its predecessor, Breaking Through the Mist wonderfully mixes nature sounds, recorded by Dan Gibson, with the sensitive synclavier music of Hennie Bekker. Where Harmony roamed accross the United States sampling different natural settings, this album captures the many moods in a 24-hour cycle beside a pristine wilderness lake. Running water, wind, frogs, cicadas, and a myriad of birds, including loons, woodpeckers, thrushes, and owls lend their voices to Bekker's skillful synthesized orchestrations. At times impressionistic, at times strongly melodic, the varied tones of guitar, harpsichord, pan flute, oboe and piano blend delicately with the natural sounds. The howling wolves that worked their eerie magic so effectively on Harmony make a welcome re-appearance on one track, as day slips into night and the insect chorus comes alive. Breaking Through the Mist is a wonderful album, by turns majestic and serene, powerfully conveying the glory of the natural world.