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Music To Disappear In II

Raphael – Music To Disappear In II

Volume 2 of a new age classic: Raphael’s popular fusion of classical romantic piano, strings, and chorus with Gypsy, Middle Eastern, and Indian trance dances. This haunting, exotic music moves through your body and soul, now delicately, now powerfully, playing on various moods and themes and creates a musical environment that invites the listener to “disappear.” With guest soloists: Stephen Coughlin (flute, bansuri). Terri Sternberg (violin), Sophia (vocals).

“Mesmerizing tribal dream dances combined with grandiose passages of ethereal strings and grand piano. Richly textured and unashamedly romantic.” – Ambience
“This exotic music moves through your body and soul.” – Heartsong Review
“A musical journey of sensual, languid delight.” – New Dimensions
“Meditative and hypnotic.” – Bodhi Tree

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Tracklist:
1. River Seeks The Deep 8:59

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2. Surrender 9:03

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3. Healing Dance 9:17

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4. Laxshmi 10:06

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5. Tantra 12:38

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6. Heaven 7:16

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“Just as passionate as its predecessor, Music to Disappear in II expands Raphael’s vision with increased musical refinement and production skills. Gypsy violin, subtle but compelling percussion, atmospheric synths and female vocals surround Raphael’s sweeping grand piano with deep emotion. ‘River Seeks the Deep’, ‘Surrender’ and ‘Healing Dance’ meld the gentle, passionate and exotic into a sensuous blend, while the last three tracks — ‘Laxshimi’, ‘Tantra’ and ‘Heaven’ use congas, bells, violin solos and vocals by guest artist Sophia to reach an ecstatic climax. The transcultural trance-dances of Music to Disappear in II exemplify Raphael’s creative spirit.” – Heather Phares

Music To Disappear In II, released in 1991, is just shy of an hour long and is a logical extension of pianist-composer Raphael’s Music To Disappear In. Once again utilizing the piano and keyboards as a central voice on these songs, with the addition of real rather than synthesized violin and harp, as well as a light hand with production, makes for a warmer and more enjoyable recording than its predecessor. Flutes, tabla, drums, and tinkling percussion add texture, harmony, and at times, twin melodies. A greater variance of composition and arrangement is evidenced by songs such as the sensual ‘Healing Dance’, which opens with the strains of gypsy violin and grows to include a snake-hipped percussive rhythm, and by the hauntingly primordial vocals of “Laxshmi.” “Tantra” is underscored by didjeridoo, and ‘Surrender’ (a clear foundation for what is to come with his subsequent recording Angels of the Deep) is an angelic aria featuring harp and flute alongside Raphael’s deftly fingered midsong piano solo.” – Paige La Grone (Amazon.com)

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