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Damayanti

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In a love story as old as time, Princess Damayanti and Prince Nala must challenge the gods themselves to keep their love alive. This is quintessential 2002 ~ piano, harp, guitar, orchestra and flutes come together to carry you away on a magic carpet ride.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Forever My Love
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2. Flight of the Swan
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3. Beauty and Grace
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4. Challenge From Heaven
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5. A Choice From the Heart
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6. Cycle of Time
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7. A Divine Encounter
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8. Destinies
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9. Enduring Love
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10. Time Stands Still
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Reviews:
"If there was ever a soundtrack in search of a film this is it... I love the evocative visual quality of this music and hope that some visionary producer is enchanted enough by the magic in this soundtrack and the timeless tale it tells, to want to make it into a movie." ~ Michael Diamond

“…another shining example of the band’s mastery of weaving mood, atmosphere and instrumentation to create music that is timeless and special.” ~ Music Design

“The New CD is 2 cups of River of Stars, a tablespoon of Across an Ocean of Dreams, and just a pinch of This Moment Now to make a real Nice 2002 Desert.” ~ Todd Mundy

“Epic and Serene…
I have been a 2002 follower from the beginning. This is their greatest work to date, as it captures a grand multitude of styles and emotions. The feeling one gets after listening to their music is easily that of uplifted and positive! I am always amazed by their new releases and am definitely looking forward to the next… Thanks, 2002, for all of the outstanding music over the years!” by DarkBlueGlow via iTunes

“…2002 are a musical force that cannot be written off. With a winning streak that began with 1997’s Chrysalis, the Copus’ have managed to record and create triumph after triumph. Damayanti keeps this productive streak well intact, conveying a very underlying production element of A Word In The Wind but melodically and musically keeping more in line with the 2002 flagship sound.” ~ Michael Debbage, Mainly Piano.com

“You will find Damayanti reveals a wonderful change in tonal atmosphere which does make it stand out from earlier predecessors, plus I imagine it will be another radio favorite on the airwaves.” ~John P Olsen, New Age Music World

“Damayanti is really a love story expressed in music. This album has a majestic beginning. You could imagine this music being played as the universe was created. Stunning vocals immediately entice you as they create a choir effect not unlike you would imagine in heaven. This is followed by “Flight of the Swan” which is intoxicating and filled with vibrancy. It is relaxing yet exciting and filled with wistful dreams. I listen to this album anytime I want to feel absolutely happy and in love. This music has the power to shift your mood and refresh your spirit.” ~ Rebecca Johnson, The Rebecca Review
“Keyboards, harps, synthesizers, elegant orchestrations and celestial voices grace the music which overall is soothing to the spirit as the story unfolds.” ~ RJ Lannan


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REVIEWS NEW AGE

Escuche y disfrute, es impresionante!.
Desde su descubrimiento en 1992 con su primer disco "Wings", el dúo formado por Pamela y Randy Copus no ha dejado de cosechar éxito tras éxito. Consolidado como una de las mejores bandas de las llamadas Nuevas Músicas, 2002 no ha publicado ni un sólo álbum que hasta la fecha no haya obtenido el apoyo del público y la crítica; sus melodías y composiciones son mágicas e intensamente bellas, las señas de identidad del grupo. 2002 ha lanzado recientemente su último trabajo titulado Damayanti, un álbum que narra en forma de música los distintos acontecimientos que surgen en la leyenda hindú de la Princesa Damayanti y el Príncipe Nala.

Con una entrada heroica "Forever My Love" abre el álbum. Conjuntos de cuerdas y potentes voces crean una música enaltecida. Como extraída de la gran pantalla, "Forever My Love" es sinónimo de poder y emoción, dejando ver esplendor al paso de sus notas. Magnífico comienzo.

En "Flight of the Swan" aparece por primera vez la unión entre sonidos naturales y música. En esta pieza, el ritmo, los instrumentos étnicos y los sintetizadores se coordinan en una melodía bella y entretenida. La guitarra de Randy es penetrante, la voz de esta composición.

De nuevo y al igual que el track que abría el álbum, "Beauty and Grace" es fuerza y belleza. Dulce y soñadora, la flauta de Pamela es la estrella en este tema, siendo el instrumento que crea la melodía principal sobre tiernas y hermosas voces. Algo en particular tiene esta pieza que hace soñar. Una de mis preferidas!.

Interesante y sorprendente es "Challenge From Heaven". Surgiendo ligeramente un piano con tintes clásicos, este hace un dúo perfecto con el instrumento de viento de Pamela. La melodía es de lo más sensible y está llena de sentimiento, pero lo que realmente le ofrece ese toque de emoción a la música son las voces. Sensacional!.

"A Choice From the Heart" es una de esas composiciones que sirven de inspiración. Perfecta para cerrar los ojos y dejar volar la imaginación, "A Choice From the Heart" realiza un hermoso viaje a través de los sentidos, el tiempo se detiene y lo único que importa es disfrutar. Otro de los grandes y emocionantes temas de Damayanti!.

La pista más lineal de toda es "Cycle of Time", una pieza que mantiene una melodía pesada que va alternando entre voces y cuerdas la guitarra y la flauta de Randy y Pamela. Es hermosa, genial como fondo musical de una película.

Reservada y misteriosa es "A Divine Encounter" en su comienzo. La flauta entona notas oscuras entre sombríos sonidos sintetizados. La composición con la entrada más lúgubre del álbum, aunque alcanzado los dos minutos, una viva melodía resurge entre las tenebrosas notas, levantando el ánimo y la esperanza. Magnífico cambio, sorprendente mezcla!. Wow!.

La mejor composición de Damayanti se llama "Destinies". Llena de arrojo, fuerza y luz esta posee una de las melodías más bonitas de todo el CD. Los sintetizadores marcan el tempo de la flauta y de la guitarra del dúo, apareciendo en ocasiones voces que glorifican la música y hacen estremecer al oyente. La mejor de todas sin lugar a dudas. Es fascinante, una pieza que no me canso de escuchar!.

Reaparece el piano de Randy en "Enduring Love". Randy frente al piano es sensacional, compone melodías llenas de pasión que junto a la voz de su hija Sarah Copus crean la formula perfecta para enamorar al oyente. "Enduring Love" es fantástica!.

Para concluir, 2002 vuelve a invitarnos a viajar, pero esta vez en nuestros sueños. En "Time Stands Still" la música es relajante y apasionada al mismo tiempo, pero siempre nacida entre conjunto de cuerdas y sintetizadores. Asombroso final... Cierra los ojos y déjate llevar!.


Damayanti es un álbum que no deja respirar al oyente, su música es esplendorosa, incluso añadiría que en ocasiones, cinematográfica. Melodías que hacen que la leyenda de la Princesa Damayanti cobre vida. 2002 consigue con un trabajo así sorprender y enamorar a sus incontables seguidores y conquistar el corazón de aquellos, que hasta ahora, no sabían de su existencia. Damayanti es un álbum sobresaliente, de los mejores que he escuchado de este prestigioso dúo y de los mejores de este año 2011. Escuche y disfrute, es impresionante!.

reviewsnewage.com
22/09/11

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Husband and wife Randy and Pamela Copus literally make beautiful music together as the Billboard-charting New Age duo 2002, whose latest album is an enchanting masterpiece of musical fantasy and mythology.

Although the music is inspired by and serves as a soundtrack to the Hindu story of the love between Princess Damayanti and King Nala, it stands on its own as a brilliant work unto itself. The sweeping, cinematic themes are worthy of an epic motion picture.

Randy’s guitars, basses, and piano, Pamela’s harp and flutes, and the duo’s keyboards and multilayered, multi-tracked voices come together to create some of the most lyrical music in the New Age genre – or any genre, for that matter.

The sparks really fly on the second track, “Flight of the Swan,” with Randy’s luminous lead guitar and Pamela’s angelic flute weaving a pristine, ethereal melody, resulting in one of the most breathtaking tunes ever recorded. The song is as graceful as the subject of its title, and as cool as an ocean breeze.

Other standout tracks include “Cycle of Time,” with Randy’s liquid guitar and Pamela’s flute again creating sonic magic; “Divine Encounter,” a heavenly ballad with smooth, buttery rhythm guitar and dynamic percussion; and “Time Stands Still,” a soaring, triumphant conclusion that conjures both the solemn and euphoric strains of classic film composers such as John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and James Horner. Movie scores of the last twenty years have been severely lacking in originality and have been neither memorable nor iconic. 2002 could easily fill that void and make movie music vibrant again and restore the cinematic experience to its former glory.

My favorite tracks notwithstanding, the entire album is captivating from start to finish. The particular story that inspired the music is enthralling and brought to life as only Randy and Pamela can bring it, but the music stands apart on its own and has the ability to create unique stories for each listener and serve as the soundtracks to those stories. The song titles are elements of Damayanti and Nala’s story, but they also aptly describe the feel of the songs themselves.

I could go on, but no words are really sufficient or necessary to relay the wondrous essence of this music. It really needs to be heard and treasured. I would be surprised if there were any soul that could not be moved by this album. It truly is one in a million.

Michael Diamond

Review excerpt from Music & Media Focus (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)
Described as: “classically tinged melodies, dreamy flutes, crystalline piano, tender strings, celestial choirs, harp, and acoustic guitar,” this portrayal gives an idea of the elements involved, yet in the listening is revealed a spiritual and sensual sonic alchemy that provides some of the most elegant and evocative music in this genre that I have ever heard. It’s hard not to overuse the word “lush” in describing the acoustic opulence this music is imbued with.

If there was ever a soundtrack in search of a film this is it. Actually, there is a narrative that goes with the music – “a love story as old as time, in which Princess Damayanti and Prince Nala challenge the gods themselves to keep their love alive.” The plot unfolds instrumentally song by song, each accompanied by a paragraph in the CD liner notes that sets the scene. I enjoyed reading along with the music to get the synergy of the sound and story.

One of the most impressive features about the music of 2002 is the skill with which they integrate traditional and electronic instruments. While 2002 does incorporate synthesizers and computers in the recording process both Randy and Pamela are highly accomplished musicians who cover a wide spectrum of traditional instruments, which lends an authenticity to their sound that I greatly respect. I love the evocative visual quality of this music and hope that some visionary producer is enchanted enough by the magic in this soundtrack and the timeless tale it tells, to want to make it into a movie. In the meantime, there is certainly more than enough to stimulate the imagination in the lavish melodies of “Damaynati.”

To read a detailed full-length version of "Damayanti", as well as other reviews, please visit:
www.michaeldiamondmusic.com