Thomas Bergersen | Illusions

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Illusions

by Thomas Bergersen

After 3 years of blood, sweat and tears, it's finally done. Thomas Bergersen has created a fusion of ethnic world/folk music and orchestral grandeur that is unlike any music you've ever heard.
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1. Aura
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2. Starvation
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3. Dreammaker
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4:18 album only
4. Hurt
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1:43 album only
5. Ocean Princess
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2:53 album only
6. Gift of Life
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3:22 album only
7. Rada
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4:23 album only
8. A Place in Heaven
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4:16 album only
9. Merchant Prince
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2:26 album only
10. Promise
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4:59 album only
11. Femme Fatale
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4:12 album only
12. Homecoming
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2:57 album only
13. Immortal
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4:08 album only
14. Remember Me
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4:30 album only
15. Sonera
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5:37 album only
16. Reborn
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17. Age of Gods
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18. Illusions
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19. Soulseeker
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Illusions" blends traditional western orchestra and choir with ethnic flavors from around the world, including Bulgarian folk choir, Armenian Duduk, Japanese Shakuhachi, Ney flutes, Irish whistles performed by world re-knowned wind player Chris Bleth, and world class vocal talent from all the corners of the world. Written, arranged and orchestrated by Thomas Bergersen, the man behind the incredibly successful motion picture advertisement music company "Two Steps From Hell" and best-selling classical album "Invincible" has spent the last 3 years writing 19 lyrical pieces for orchestra, vocals and choir. "Illusions" is the hallmark of Thomas Bergersen's musical output and his proudest productions to date.

Vocal performances by Merethe Soltvedt, Elitsa Todorova, Kate St. Pierre, Jenifer Thigpen, Colin O'Malley, Vladislava Todorova and more.
"Illusions" also features the magnificient cello work of superstar cellist Tina Guo.


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Serpentu

Aural Brilliance
Thank you Thomas for letting us buy it!

Arumon

Goosebumps!!
Out of the two new disks that became available of this composer, this is the one I prefer the most.
This CD seems to be richer in ethnic moods than the previous releases and it sounds absolutely amazing.
The vocals are sublime. If you want to be moved by music, this CD should really be checked out!
I have many favourite tracks but one that stood out is n° 11, oddly named "Femme Fatale" (as it's based on a poem). Don't let the lowbitrate on this website fool you, it grows into one of the most impressive and haunting tracks of this CD.
"Immortal" track 14, sounds equally impressive., simply stunning...
Thank you for your music Thomas, your music is a true inspiration to many people worldwide!

Arumon

Goosebumps!!
Out of the two new disks that became available of this composer, this is the one I prefer the most.
This CD seems to be richer in ethnic moods than the previous releases and it sounds absolutely amazing.
The vocals are sublime. If you want to be moved by music, this CD should really be checked out!
I have many favourite tracks but one that stood out is n° 11, oddly named "Femme Fatale" (as it's based on a poem). Don't let the lowbitrate on this website fool you, it grows into one of the most impressive and haunting tracks of this CD.
"Immortal" track 14, sounds equally impressive., simply stunning...
Thank you for your music Thomas, your music is a true inspiration to many people worldwide!

Jazzy

Passionate
While I found this collection of passionate, intense and emotionally provoking tracks most enjoyable, the sound quality was a bit hollow. There are some tracks that sound full in body, while many others felt like they were missing something... All in all an excellent album.

jenny

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Eliott

Great music, lousy recording
Every track on this album is superb, and it's long too, a full 75 minutes of beautiful, epic music. But... and this is a huge "but"... EVERY TRACK IS VARIABLE BITRATE. This results in fuzzy, overdriven sound in some of the more intense walls of sound that Bergersen creates, and believe me in this album there are plenty.

This is why I prefer hardcopy CDs; I feel cheated paying for an album that is not the best quality it could be, not by the composer but by the distributor. This is my first purchase from CDBaby, and will definitely be my last.

yanick

*******
Rating: 7 stars of 5

REVIEWS NEW AGE

De compra obligada sea cual sea su gusto musical!
De entre los muchos álbumes que recibimos, sólo unos pocos, muy pocos consiguen hincarnos de rodillas a la par de hacernos parpadear de incredulidad por todo lo que acontece ante nuestros oídos, por el grito de genialidad y calidad que brota de cada golpe de acorde, de cada nota escrita en la partitura, de cada emoción descrita en su melodía, Illusions, el primer álbum en solitario del componente de “Two Steps From Hell” Thomas Bergersen, merece todo un raudal de asombrosos calificativos. Illusions se compone de diecinueve tracks de música épica y dinámica, compuesta para ser banda sonora de grandes producciones o series televisivas de éxito. Bergersen reúne para este primer trabajo a grandes instrumentistas y vocalistas que lo acompañan en su fascinante viaje musical, artistas de la talla de la chelista Tina Guo y las increíbles voces de Merethe Soltvedt, Francesca Genco, Colin O’Malley, Jennifer Thigpen, Elitsa Todorova, Vladislava Vasileva o Kate St. Pierre. Illusions ha sido un proyecto que desde su inicio, hace ya más de tres años, sólo perseguía un fin, el éxito y con mayúsculas. Desde su lanzamiento, el álbum no ha bajado de los primeros puestos en las stores de todo el mundo y algunos de sus tracks han sido utilizados en producciones televisivas de todo el mundo.

En Illusions es prácticamente imposible poder destacar alguna o algunas piezas, de hecho, me aventuro a decir que no hay ninguna obra de este CD que pueda elegir como favorita, todas, desde la más apasionante y poderosa, pasando por la más delicada (son pocas) contienen un encanto sobrehumano. Durante esos tres años, Bergersen ha jugado con las melodías hasta encontrar la música perfecta en las diecinueve piezas que lo forman. Una maravilla.

Desde “Aura”, la primera obra que ya presenta la intensidad y el nervio del álbum, y haciendo un alto por “Starvation”, “Dreammaker”, “Rada” “Age Of Gods” “Illusions” o la pieza que cierra el álbum, “Soulseeker”, todas crean un contexto de fuerza y poder increíbles. “Hurt” es una maravilla, donde un triste canto mantiene la tensión en todo momento, dejando al oyente un fuerte sentimiento de pérdida, Kate St. Pierre realiza un trabajo fascinante!.

“Ocean Princess” es una de las obras esperanzadoras y llenas de luz en el álbum, una verdadera delicia escucharla, al igual que “Gift Of Life” o “Homecoming”, que bien podrían rubricar un final, tras las vivencias de unas increíbles aventuras. Tras escuchar y escuchar, es natural que se haya utilizado algunos de estos trackscpara grandes producciones televisivas.

Cabe destacar la voz de Jennifer Thigpen en “A Place In Heaven”. La música es vibrante, pero la voz de Thigpen es la culpable de la fuerza de la pieza. Hay voces que marcan la diferencia en algunas obras en Illusions, así como Merethe Soltvedt y Kate St. Pierre en “Merchant Prince” o Colin O’Malley en “Sonera”, la única voz masculina en solitario en el CD.

Tina Guo también tiene un papel protagonista en el álbum, aunque interviene en algunos tracks en Illusions, es en “Promise” donde deja patente su calidad como chelista; y al igual que Guo, el propio Bergersen realiza un estupendo solo de piano en “Femme Fatale” junto a la voz de Vladislava Vasileva entre una orquestación brutal.

No todo el álbum es intensidad y pasión, la apacible y romántica. “Remember Me” es la sencillez que engrandece la belleza en Illusions entre los numerosos tracks heroicos que lo forman. Es una verdadera belleza.


De compra obligada sea cual sea su gusto musical, Illusions es lo mejor de lo mejor. La calidad y la fuerza que se presentan en este trabajo quedan patente desde los primeros segundos de escucha hasta el toque de la última nota. No es de extrañar el éxito cosechado por este compositor noruego, Thomas Bergersen ha dado vida a un álbum extraordinario, un primer trabajo que seguirá ofreciendo alegrías a su creador y que por el momento, ya está nominado a “Best Album of the Year 2012” por Reviews New Age. Illusions merece la más altísima recomendación!. Cómpralo ya!!.

reviewsnewage.com
14/09/12

kevin

I have to say...
One of the most creative, beautiful, and technically brilliant albums I have ever heard. Want to upgrade my audio system just to "hear" it like it was meant to be heard.

Tiso

Not buying this album is not an option
Best album of the decade. The century. The millennium. Ever.
Extra-corporeal experiences while listening guaranteed.
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