The Brave

Classical Spirit

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The producer of this unique and haunting ode to "the way our treasured classical composers would make music today" is named the Brave, a moniker that perfectly suited his previously best known works, Sacred Spirit and the Grammy-nominated Sacred Spirit II. This time, the focus turns from Native Americans to pieces by Beethoven (a rhythmic electronica seduction with underlying organ harmonies on "Sonata No. 14"), Samuel Barber (the ominous hypnosis of "Adagio"), and Bach's "Organ Concerto" (given a compelling ambient new age twist). With songs like "Divine Works" and "O' Ecclesia," the Brave also shines a light on the works of the famous nun Hildegard Von Bingen. The blend of ancient vocal patterns and trippy electronica effects captures the overall vibe he's after on this unusual disc, which turns anachronistic elements into something that falls between quirky and charming.

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