P2 50571 The Celestine Prophecy: A Musical Voyage
Produced by Edgar Rothermich
Released on June 25, 1996
US NEW AGE CHART POSITION #5
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K ronomyth 8.0: A PROPHETABLE VENTURE. Iíve havenít grown so soft around the middle that I donít find the whole spiritual journey in South America theme just an itsy bitsy celestiney weenie-ish, but it wouldnít be the first time that a second-rate libretto inspired a first-rate score. If youíve read my other Christopher Franke reviews (and who hasnít?), youíll know that I donít give him a free pass for past services rendered in the great dream. And, as a discographer, I canít help but note that the manís recorded oeuvre is littered with dubious entries, including no less than a dozen soundtracks to a series whose sole purpose seemed to be to make Deep Space Nine look like less of a complete crapfest, Babylon 5. (I still think both series should have ended after the first season with their ships colliding into each other.) Steeled for sixty minutes of new age navelgazing, I was surprised to find that Franke had instead written a surprisingly melodic, evocative score that held its own with the natural and exotic works of Kitaro, Vangelis and Jon Anderson. Although the story is set in Peru, Franke has some united notions about what the music should sound like; there are peruvian flutes, chinese flutes, australian flutes, american indian flutes, japanese flutes, african voices, gregorian chant and irish harp all intertwined. Itís an unusual approach to program music, this multicultural mixing, but Franke apparently felt the need to peruís other vistas in his search for the right musical settings. To his credit, the songs match the program nearly perfectly, whether itís the energy-filled gardens of ďVicienteĒ or the right choices revealed in ďScene at the Crossroads.Ē Honestly, I had given up finding anything of merit in Frankeís solo catalog, and I obviously gave up too soon. The Celestine Prophecy is meritorious music that reveals a melodic side to Frankeís muse and deserves the accolade as one of the yearís best new age albums.

P2 50571 back cover
P2 50571 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. THE CELESTINE THEME
  2. GUIDED DREAM TO THE MANUSCRIPT
  3. VICIENTE
  4. A RADIANT BAND OF LIGHT
  5. JENSEN - THE ENERGY THIEF
  6. MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE ON THE MOUNTAIN
  7. THE MISSION OF FATHER SANCHEZ
  8. ILLUMINATION
  9. SCENE AT THE CROSSROADS
  10. THE QUEST FOR UNITY
  11. CONFRONTATION
  12. THE MYSTERY OF THE RUINS - WIL'S TRANSFIGURATION

    Music composed by Christopher Franke

CREDITS

CHRISTOPHER FRANKE --
BERLIN SYMPHONIC FILM ORCHESTRA -- orchestra
ALAN WAGNER -- conductor
Andy Abad -- acoustic guitars, ukelele, charango
Alex Acuna -- ethno-musicologist
Li Chun Chang -- Taiwanese Aboriginal Nay Tribe-chanting throat voices
Jie Chen -- Tibetan voices
Er-Hu -- Chinese violin
Paul Frederick -- metaphone, santur
Jim Gilstrap -- African voices
Karen Han -- Chinese violin
Deborah Holland -- Celtic voices, vocals
Paul Horn -- American Indian flute, Chinese flute
Rick Jude -- vocals
Katie Kirkpatrick -- Celtic & Irish harp
Doerte Lau -- glas harmonium
Brice Martin -- didgeridoo, Australian flute
Kazu Matsui -- shakuhachi, Japanese flute
Arturo Garcia Orozco -- sanbona, Peruvian flute
Dennis Parnell -- choir director
Sirah Vettese -- vocals
Jim Walker -- pan flute, bamboo flute
Ray Yslas -- Peruvian & African percussion
Edgar Rothermich -- engineer
Jay Blakesberg -- photo

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US June 25, 1996 Priority Records CD P2 50571  

 

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