- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 13.97 x 12.55 x 1.14 cm; 98.37 g
- メーカー : Seventh Wave
- EAN : 0799547700626, 0079954770062
- 商品モデル番号 : ciani5
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 1999
- レーベル : Seventh Wave
- ASIN : B00001QGKV
- ディスク枚数 : 1
Turning is Grammy-nominated and Indie-nominated for Best New Age Album.
Turning features Ciani's original melodies wrapped in the instrumentation of The Wave ensemble. Notable guests Paul McCandless of Oregon (oboe, horn), Teja Bell (guitar), Michael Manring (bass), Steve Kindler (violin), and Matt Eackle (flute) share the spotlight on this gathering of a dozen sparkling compositions.
Vocalist Chyu-Yu leads off with the sole vocal piece, an Enyaesque plea for a lover to return, reprised instrumentally later in the set. Flute and horn duets serenade listeners sweetly through "Ocean Avenue," while "I Believe in Love" and "Soaring" are rhapsodized by flutes and oboes. "Midnight Rendezvous" bends the genres between New Age-classical and smooth jazz when Ciani's piano and synths meld with cello and sensual sax.
Inspired by her travels to Asia, Suzanne Ciani returns with her 11th release and a collection of lilting, sentimental originals. The title track, "Turning," is a catchy, ethereal piece somewhere between a Madonna ballad and an Enya song as sung by Chyi-Yu. The rest of the album uses mostly acoustic tools to create a fine fabric of lyrical music that's akin to Secret Garden and Jim Brickman. At times Ciani recalls the soul of the Paul Winter Consort with oboe, flute, and fretless bass daintily jamming in swirling trade winds of improvisation. Another enchantingly tender offering from this New Age master. --Karen Karleski
Evidently, by her late 30s she had an epiphany of sorts, as she released The Seven Waves, a New Age album in 1982 - this was indeed music and reflected brilliant composition and her own use of a variety of keyboards. She followed this with The Velocity of Love and several piano pieces for the Private Music label, which established her musical base. Several other works followed, some live, and as life takes it's own turns, I lost track of her career. I discovered Turning only recently, although it was released in 1999.
The title track, as other reviewers have noted, is reminiscent of Enya-like vocals and is a beautiful tune in the style of which Ciani is famous. Indeed, the cover and other art shows her in quite attractive form as well at age 53 in 1999. Sadly however, musically the remainder of the album is disappointing, considering the bar she set for herself with her earlier releases. Many of the tracks seemed to be lost in space, unable to find their way, meandering aimlessly without a clear agenda, or even attempting some semblance of cohesion. Others are re-phrasings of her prior music (listen to The Enchantress for some familiar riffs). Some of the songs show great opening promise - Ocean Avenue and If I Could are examples - yet the melodies are allowed to languish and drift while the listener eagerly awaits a more satisfying avenue or conclusion. Midnight Rendezvous successfully inspires a mood in the listener, but fittingly it is a melancholy one.
As a typical New Age album, Turning is a solid and satisfying example of the genre. But as a Suzanne Ciani album, it does not quite reach the expectations of her considerable past prior achievements. Her style of composition has always been nothing if not passionate, and perhaps this album reflected an ambiguous and possibly less upbeat time in her life. And in that, it has value for her fans. For the rest, buy the download single title track and enjoy.