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Pieces in a Modern Style
1. Adagio For Strings-Samuel Barber
2. In a Landscape-John Cage
3. Ogive Number 1-Erik Satie
4. Cavalleria Rusticana-Pietro Mascagni
5. Pavane pour une Infante Defunte-Maurice Ravel
6. L'Inverno-Antonio Vivaldi
7. Triple Concerto-Ludwig Van Beethoven
8. Xerxes-George Frideric Handel
9. Piece in the Old Style 1-Henryk Gorecki
10. Piece in the Old Style 3-Henryk Gorecki
11. Opus 132-Ludwig Van Beethoven
12. William Orbit-Barber's Adagio For Strings Ferry Remix
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3984289572
This is an Enhanced audio CD, which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files. Also includes bonus disc featuring two remixes of Samuel Barber's "Adagio For Strings."
Personnel: William Orbit, Damian LeGassick (keyboards, programming); Sean Spuehler (programming).
Recorded at Guerilla Studios, London, England and Guerilla Beach, Los Angeles, California.
PIECES IN A MODERN STYLE was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
Though producer/writer/arranger William Orbit had already amassed an impressive body of work under a litany of monikers, PIECES IN A MODERN STYLE was the first album to be released under his full name. Though Orbit is known as a trendsetter and pioneer of the ambient-house genre, he decided to go a different route for this solo debut, an album of classical songs, all of which are given an ambient lilt. The 11 classic compositions include works by Handel ("Xerxes"), Vivaldi ("L'Inverno"), and Beethoven ("Opus 132"). What drew Orbit to these pieces was the timeless strength of their melodies, a fact that helps make PIECES IN A MODERN STYLE such a seamless--and exciting--meeting of the old and the new.
Rolling Stone (3/16/00, p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...sweet and becalming....The pieces drift by, cloudlike, accented by wind chimes, the rush of helicopter blades and other effects....little curios for anyone who's interested in the process of reinvention - or in just chilling out."
Q (2/00, p.89) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...11 disparate...classical pieces from Beethoven to Henryk Gorecki done in vaguely ambient style....as with all the best indulgences, there's an all-pervading sense of joy and freedom..."
Alternative Press (4/00, p.93) - 4 out of 5 - "...[His] ambient-electronic interpretations of immortal composers...reveal his true roots....His sensitive renditions...are both understated and instructive..."
Magnet (4-5/00, p.86) - "...a new-age take on European art music....The album's best piece is Orbit's interpretation of Beethoven's 'Triple Concerto'. [It] is blended with electric guitar, shimmering bells, funky beats and other sounds to create a rich, atmospheric collage..."
Muzik (2/00, p.70) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...modernist lullabies for club babies....quite lovely, often mournful, generally unpretentious sweep of music you've never heard before properly..."
CMJ (2/14/00, p.20) - "...paralleling the spacious, sprawling aaspects of classical music with the same characteristics of modern-day electronic/ambient music, Orbit makes a connection that is sublime and powerful..."
Vibe (3/00, p.206) - "...a hypnotic suite of dreamlike mood pieces that....simply drift along with Orbit's mesmerizing flow....spinning variations on [classical composer's] themes..."
Mojo (Publisher) (3/00, p.106) - "...well-chosen classical pieces....His pieces are mostly drawn from moderns such as Cage, Gorecki, Barber, Satie and Ravel, and work best when mined for their luxuriant melancholy..."
NME (Magazine) (1/15/00, p.27) - 6 out of 10 - "...Orbit's ambitious ambientisation programme works well when it gives this music a sense of space and cinematic visions in your head....[he's] made a richly ambient, evocative record from apparently staid and stale old material..."
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