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  • Summary: The recording of the music Murcof composed for the French festival, Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes features 17th century instruments.
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  1. Serious deep headphone (or loud stereo) listening, this is certainly no toss-off.
  2. Within the extravagant walls of Versailles, this cosmic, spacious work must have been transfixing. Coming through a humble set of headphones, it’s still pretty enchanting.
  3. We've all heard soundscapes before, certainly, but rarely has there been anyone that fuses two genres so perfectly that they compliment each other to such a degree.
  4. Lesser artists might fall prey to pastiche, something Murcof artfully avoids. Instead he pulls off a remarkable feat--he makes the forgotten sound formidable, and the contemporaneous sound credible.
  5. I am left with the impression that Corona's vision far exceeded his brief, producing a collection of serious abstract mood pieces that conjure up dark visions of Paris. Whether this is a release long-standing Murcof fans will cherish and return to however, is rather another question.
  6. Listeners familiar with Corona’s micro techno spiced with orchestral flourishes will be surprised by the extreme emptiness and traditional arrangements found here, but, even if only as a curio, it’s an interesting flipside to Corona’s minimal productions.
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