Orbit - Pieces in a Modern Style
for a New Era
As a piece
of classical music, Barber's "Adagio For Strings"
is about as evocative and emotional as they come, producing
tears from many a listener and used with startling success
in The Elephant Man.
So it's not really a surprise that the latest guru of the
music world, William Orbit, chose to highlight it as the flagship
of his new project, Pieces In A Modern Style.
shooting to fame after producing Madonna's Ray
Of Light album and making the ageing mother famous
again, has also worked successfully with Prince, Blur and
Mel C. But his work as a producer and re-mixer has given way
for a little self-indulgence in the shape of an entire album
where he tries to drag classical pieces into the 21st Century
and make them trendy again.
of the 11-track Pieces In A Modern Style is, in fact,
Adagio For Strings, largely because it isn't really in a modern
style and is so true to the original that you wonder whether
it was all worth the effort. But later adaptations, of works
by Satie, Vivaldi, Handel and Ravel, are more imaginative,
more electronic and creative, sort of Jean Michel Jarre meets
highlight is John Cage's "In A Landscape," which
seems bland until haunting guitars arrive and make it a masterpiece.
This is no "Hooked On Classics," no fake drum beats
and cruel links to scar Orbit's pride and joy here. This is
a soothing pet project that succeeds entirely in what it set
out to do - creating a CD of peaceful moods that makes composers
contemporary once more.
in a Modern Style
/ Warner Bros.
out of 5.0