Gandalf is an
Austrian composer of ambient and electronic music. He calls himself a “painter of musical
landscapes” and draws his inspirations from the nature as he has experienced it
in his travels throughout Europe, North and
South America and Asia. Previous to this release, Gandalf has another
CD entitled "Between Earth and Sky" also with the Real Music label.
This CD is
comprised of works on keyboard, electronic and piano, and guitar. This is a mostly soft, pleasant and complex
collection of compositions. You can hear
elements of music he has encountered in his travels influence his
compositions. Some Spanish rifts
dominate the work, nature elements are overlaid, and the CD is punctuated by
excellent guitar work and mellow piano, all combining to present the artists
rendering of “musical landscapes”.
This is ambient
music as it should be, not pressing against our minds, but rather setting a soft
pace and creating an environment for us to relax and enjoy our lives. Gandalf combines many styles of Ambient, from
electronic to Space to New Age in this CD and presents us with his talents and
abilities at their finest.
This CD contains
10 tracks ranging in time from about three minutes to just over seven minutes,
giving about an hours worth of music. Outstanding
tracks on this work include "Rhythm of the
Tides", a Spanish influenced guitar work
that includes soft percussions and lightly dances in the background. This is a marvelous piece of work.
Also included in
outstanding tracks is "In the Presence of
Angels", featuring guitar and piano, with
a “heartbeat” rhythm and electronic fill to give the impression of an
orchestra. There are also the occasional
vocals, provided by Julia Martins, repeating the title of the track, giving an
almost “angelic” feel to the work. This
track is very well done, and is reprised on the CD.
track, "From Distant Shores", combines chanting with the excellent skills
of the artist at the piano. This is an
unusual blend which is well done and interesting. "Hearts in a Celestial Union" is a very spacey guitar and electronic piece
that is as uplifting as it is inspirational.
It’s another excellent blend of elements and shows off the artists’ skill
at composition. In the same vein
is "Brighter than a Star" also giving a very spacey and inspirational
track "Colors of a New Dawn” is a piano
piece with nature overlays, and is a very classic composition, incorporating all
the elements of the true New Age style of music.
Overall, this is
a very good introduction CD to Gandalf and his style of works. A good addition to your collection of Ambient
by Margaret Foster