The Angels of Venice

The Angels of Venice: Music for Harps, Flute and Cello

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Tender, voiceless, and predominately organic neo-classical and romantic compositions make up the Angels of Venice's debut album. Headed by Texas harpist Carol Tatum, the group interprets familiar pieces such as Pachelbel's Canon and "Greensleeves" with an emphasis on fluid orchestration and a weaving of various melodic themes that occasionally, but not too obviously, interlock with a fragile, confident line of attack. There's a general feeling of gentility throughout, and flutist Suzanne Teng and cellist Sarah O'Brien follow the occasionally medieval and Middle Eastern cues with well-restrained skill. The album has a weight often missing from the crystal-gazing stereotypes of the new age community; its dulcet tones should work reasonably well for those willing to listen.

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