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Release Date: 03/02/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 475479  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachTomaso AlbinoniStingFranz Schubert,   ... 
Performer:  Dominic MillerStingPlacido DomingoAlejandro Lerner,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recorded in 2003. Includes liner notes by Dominic Miller.

Personnel: Alejandro Lerner, Plácido Domingo (vocals); Rufus Miller (guitar); James Banbury (cello, keyboards, programming); Chris Botti (trumpet); Jason Rebello (piano); Richard Cottle (keyboards, programming); Miles Bould, Nick Patrick (percussion).

Audio Mixers: Nick Patrick; Andy Green.

Recording information: Angel Studios, Islington, London, England (03/2003); Budapest Radio Studios (03/2003); Forum Music Village, Rome, Italy (03/2003); Shire Studios, Wiltshire, England (03/2003); Studio Mega, Paris, France (03/2003).

Arrangers: Dominic Miller; Nick Patrick; Nick Ingman.

SHAPES is a collection of
Read more classical compositions by Bach, Satie, and Schubert, among others, that have been retooled for the Latin-influenced acoustic guitar of Dominic Miller. A seasoned session player, Miller has performed with a diverse roster of artists, most notably Sting, with whom he has recorded eleven albums including the critically acclaimed THE SOUL CAGES. In the liner notes, Miller credits Sting's gift of a book of Bach partitas and sonatas as the catalyst for this ambitious project. "Mass in B Minor (Qui Tollis)," a Bach choral work, is one of the album's unexpected gems. Miller reverses the Mass's melodic structure and replaces the vocal lines with a lush string arrangement, while he explores the counter-melody on guitar. This novel approach is what makes SHAPES such a pleasure. Miller's ability to profoundly reinvent these beloved compositions and yet deliver them with all their original passion and reverence is remarkable. "Ave Maria" is the one song Miller decides not to touch. He performs it exactly as written, but invites his friends Placido Domingo and Sting to perform it as a duet. The result is a classic performance that only adds depth to SHAPES' high luster.
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Works on This Recording

Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Qui tollis peccata mundi by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dominic Miller (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Dominic Miller (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dominic Miller (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: 4th movement, Double "Presto" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dominic Miller (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Sting (Voice), Dominic Miller (Guitar), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 "Enigma": Variation 9, Nimrod by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Dominic Miller (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898-1899; England 
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Performer:  Dominic Miller (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; France 
Misa Criolla: Kyrie by Ariel Ramirez
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Dominic Miller (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; Argentina 
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dominic Miller (Guitar), Alejandro Lerner ()
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dominic Miller (Guitar), Chris Botti (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dominic Miller (Guitar)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 

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