Jim Oliver, Emmy Award-winning performer, and Jorge Alfano, world music multi-instrumentalist, envelop you in a sensual and warm musical ambiance. The Musical Massage Series features instrumental works that immerse the listener in an ambiance of relaxation, deep healing, and rejuvenation. This is music that was created to be heard, felt, and absorbed. A sonic massage for the mind, body, and soul…
In a previous issue of Fanfare, I wrote an article about Franco Alfano suggesting that his music was unfairly neglected. It was the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Cyrano de Bergerac with Placido Domingo that ignited my curiosity and sparked a thorough exploration of Alfano’s music. The more I heard of it, the more highly I regarded it. Alfano is most well known, unfortunately, for his completion of Puccini’s Turandot, a thankless task if ever there was one.
Henry Fogel, FANFARE
"Musical Massage: Inside" is a set of deep relaxation and meditation performances by Silvia Nakkach. She arranged acoustic instruments, chants, and some electronics with overtone vocals and singing bowls to create atmospheres that embrace the soul and heal the heart. There are dozens - perhaps hundreds - of discs of this ilk. Each one has its own sonic integrity and its own niche in the world of healing music. This disc hits on several levels but it seems to be aimed - quite literally - at listeners' hearts. Deep listeners will feel the overtones surrounding their hearts and promoting stress relief.
Synergy features inspiring melodies and calming grooves that soothe the soul and nurture the senses. The Atlantic Arts Ensemble uses keyboards, violin, guitars, flutes, and saxophone to provide a serene and relaxing journey to the most peaceful places. The Atlantic Arts Ensemble is a group of musicians, music therapists, researchers, teachers, and sound healers. They are led by Dr. Joseph Nagler, a musician and music therapist who has been featured on many national and international recordings for television and radio. The Musical Massage Series features instrumental works that immerse the listener in an ambiance of relaxation, deep healing, and rejuvenation. This is music that was created to be heard, felt, and absorbed. A sonic massage for the mind, body, and soul.
"This Grammy winner, one of the most successful versions of Puccini's final opera, offers Nilsson's first recording of the title character, and Bjoerling's last operatic portrayal on disc, including a heroic, for-the-ages "Nessun dorma". The extraordinary orchestration, befitting a story set in ancient China, benefits from the new DSD remastering."