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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
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.
Works on This Recording
Misa Criolla: Kyrie by Ariel Ramirez
Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Dominic Miller (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1964; Argentina
Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Dominic Miller (Guitar),
Chris Botti (Trumpet)
Written: 18th Century; Germany
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