ARTIST:

ROBERT REED

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

CURSUS : A SYMPHONIC POEM

(2020)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Acoustic, Celtic, Instrumental, Symphonic
"After the electronic version published as "Cursus 123 430", Rob Reed's concept can also be enjoyed in a symphonic version."
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In conjunction with the release of "Cursus 123 430", an album of electronic music strongly inspired by the masters that are Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis and other Tangerine Dreams, Rob Reed adds a fellow traveller in the form of a 40-minute EP proposing a totally different approach to his concept.

Subtitled symphonic poem, this instrumental version of "Cursus" compiles different themes from the album, gathered in a suite of about twenty minutes and declined in a symphonic form. The spirit of Mike Oldfield and his album "Music of the Spheres" is very present, as is the work of Claudio Momberg and his series of albums published under the name of Taurus (decidedly). 

A true project in its own right, this rereading of the subject can be listened to in one go, and the finesse of the arrangements and the multiple layers of sound that are superimposed make this work completely original. Likewise, one cannot but admire the magnificent work done on the sonorities of the instruments, which are all truer than life, as much on the strings as on the brass instruments, while for the tubular bells, the problem has already been solved long ago!

To complete this parallel project, Rob Reed also offers us an original remix of two pieces from the album, as well as two titles in a piano solo version (the latter two are also on the DVD of the special edition of "Cursus 123 430").

As for the remixes, the listener finds himself in front of two tracks that could almost be considered as unreleased as the change is so radical. 'Stoneglow Warnings' is remixed in the style of "Sanctuary" (i.e. in the spirit of Mike Oldfield), and this Celtic version is simply magnificent. As for 'Man of Sight and Feathers', which is then found in a stripped down piano version, this is a shortened version of the original track, a kind of radio-edit that never goes around in circles.

Far from being a single EP to boost the promotion of an album, "Cursus, A Symphonic Poem" is a full-fledged work, an ideal complement to the album of the same name, demonstrating, if there was still a need for it, all the eclecticism Rob Reed knows how to show.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Cursus - A Symphonic Poem - 18:44
02. Stone Glow Warning - Sanctuary Remix - 4:49
03. Man Of Sight & Feathers - Single Remix - 5:37
04. Stalemate - Single Remix - 3:18
05. Witness - Piano Demo - 3:05
06. Man Of Sight & Feathers - Piano Demo - 4:02

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