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(31 January 2004)
Ariaphonics is part of the classical
crossover genre and soaring, beautiful vocals
abound throughout this album. Interspersed with
an inspiring electronic sound, the exquisite
melodies by Dmitri Silnitsky and fantastic vocals
by the engaging soprano, Gloria D'Amos, make this
album a stand-out.
"Divine Light" and "Summer Moon" combine
distinctive orchestral and electronic sounds
to create a uniqueness of sound. Operatic
renditions by Gloria rival those of Emma
Shaplin, Sarah Brightman, and Italian contemporary
crossover artist, Filippa Giordano. But, it is the
overall sound that make Ariaphonics magnetic and
enthralling. Composer Dmitri Slinitsky said
"Crossover performers sound more or less the
same. Easy pop rhythms, some strings and a
couple of well-known arias. An awful lot of
people like crossover, but the format has become
boring. So I wanted to experiment and try to get
a completely different sound. At the same time,
I wanted to present totally new material, rather
than falling back on the old standards, and take
advantage of the resurgent popularity of
music from the 1970s."
"Sposa son disprezzata" has almost a jazzy
beat due to the incredible musical artistry
of the instrumentalists. Outstanding credits
go to Dmitri Silnitsky on synthesizers
and vocoder; Sash Protchenko on drums, bass
and slide guitar, and midi programming;
Slav Protchenko on keyboards, violin, piano,
rhodes, hammond, clavinet, and mellotron;
and Pavel Pavlov on guitar. Narrations by
Natasha Shanetskaya also contribute to the
overall sensation in this album.
"Intermezzo" arrives with almost an eerieness
in some of the musical riffs, and the
exquisite piano solos and background of blowing
winds create a unique sound. Music
for this track was by Dmitri Silnitsky, Slav
Protchenko and Sash Protchenko. The
listener is engaged in Gloria"s striking sopranic
solos throughout and each track
seems to capture your attention without letting go.
"Lullaby 2030" has a funky sound of its own,
bringing back memories of the '70's while
"A Dulcet Spell" and "Nausica" seem to fuse
different sounds, narration and genres. The
composer also said, "First of all, we’ve used
only electronic instruments rather than
a full-blown orchestra with string and wind
sections. We’ve got melletron sounds instead
of strings, for instance. Secondly, we make
sure slow arias are interspersed with intermezzo,
instrumental compositions where we up the tempo."
The album consists of two CDs, the main one
with nine complete tracks, and the second, an EP
with four tracks that are remixes of "Dulcet Spell,"
"The Knight Erreants Song," "Summer Moon"
and "Sposa son disprezzata."
There is no doubt that the composer achieved
his highest expectations with this superior album.
Once you start to listen, you can't stop. The
album remains engaging throughout and
the stunning vocals and captivating music unifies
the richness of Ariaphonics.--Audrey Elliot in New York