Gunnar Madsen | Spinning World

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Spinning World

by Gunnar Madsen

Featured throughout the 2nd season of "Sex and the City." "Magnificent. This harkens back to a time when music was uplifting and spiritual. Piano, woodwinds and strings intertwine to create a rare album of beauty." LMNOP
Genre: Classical: New Age
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1. Anna
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2. Wedding Waltz
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3. Far and Away
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4. Five Lakes
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5. The Old Vienna
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6. Hans is Happy
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7. Eye of the Camel
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8. Model A Waltz
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9. Sentimental Rag
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10. Greater Than the Earth
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11. Iota
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12. Tipsy Arabella
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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'Upon hearing this CD for the first time my 6-year old said "Wow, how does someone learn to make music this pretty! " I have followed Gunnar Madsen since his days with The Bobs, but I was not really sure if I would enjoy an album filled with nothing but waltzes. After my first listen I was hooked! This is really amazing.' Marc Z., Los Angeles

Featured throughout the 2nd season of HBO's "Sex and the City" and on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", Spinning World is melody upon counter-melody in played by a lush chamber ensemble. It's like Cirque du Soleil circa 1911. It's like Nino Rota in a romantic Fellini mood. Waltzes in surprisingly different styles and moods. Hauntingly beautiful.

Gunnar Madsen is an award-winning composer and singer. As the founder and creator of the nu-wave a capella super group The Bobs, Madsen fractured and re-constructed the rules for acapella music. His solo efforts have yielded three critically acclaimed albums in three genres in three years.

As a composer and songwriter/librettest, Madsen has received commissions from Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Theater Center, the Minnesota Opera, Oberlin Dance Collective, ISO Dance Theater, National Public Radio and many others. He has written music for the feature films "Breaking the Rules " and "A Special Providence." He is a featured performer on the soundtrack of "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," in the National Geographic Special "Asteroids:Deadly Impact," and is featured as the emotionally charged voice of Sammy Davis, Jr. in the Emmy-award winning HBO film "The Rat Pack." Madsen's work is also on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution (video clips from the mind-bending collaboration between The Bobs and Iso). Madsen is the recipient of numerous music and theater awards, including a Grammy nomination (vocal arranging), Izzy nomination (outstanding achievement in Sound/Score), Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award (best original score) and the ASCAP special award for 7 consecutive years.


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Serena Beeks

Gunnar Madsen is a genius.
Musical genius Gunnar Madsen triumphs again with a supremely beautiful collection of hummable, danceable waltzes.

Sara Tucker

Calming and original and fun
I just bought 3 more to give to my friends who need some beautiful music that is inspiring and relaxing. I love this CD!

Linda Myers

Beautiful to listen to!
This CD was a pleasant surprise. I never knew there were so many variations on a waltz. Each song is a new take on this old musical form. It's wonderful to listen to!

Sara Jones


I was completely blown away! This is something my mother and I both agree upon - she said this its what I call mellow music - very beautiful and romantic - GREAT JOB!

Paula Engle

Bought it for "Anna", keeping it for everything else!
This is an AMAZING CD! I bought it for the song Anna which is featured on a Sex and The City episode. When I listened to the rest of the CD, I couldn't believe what I heard. It's wonderful, soothing and hypnotizing! Everyone in my office LOVES it and let me play it loud so that everyone can hear. Where has Gunnar Madsen been all this time? Have I been under a rock all my life? Thanks again! It's a fantastic CD!!

Miss Angela

Heartwrenchingly beautiful music-takes me to another world.
This would be the second time I purchased this CD, with many years passing in between. Strong urges for this auditory nector soon became overwhelming, and I knew the time had come to own it once more. It was all the sweeter, like a love lost and then found again-the familiarity enveloping me as a cashmere shawl,scented with dreams that had lingered on. I become one of the ghosts waltzing the grand ballroom on the Haunted House ride at Disneyland. I am a lone gypsy woman dancing with dirty bare feet around a fire, my caravan having left before me.
A truly wondrous and inspired work, the possibilities abound as to where any track will take you, if you but allow them to.

Iris Gordon

Magical music for our very special event!!
We just had a very traditional sweet 15 (Quinceanera) for our daughter. We used Anna for the Waltz. It was the perfect fairy tale music that we were looking for. I even heard some of the teenage boys commenting about how much they loved the music. I now listen to the entire cd while at work over and over again. My favorites are Anna and Far and Away.

Jennifer S.

inspiring, gorgeous melodies all on one disk
I was another who first heard of Gunnar Madsen because of his gorgeous song "Anna", featured in a Sex & the City episode, but after listening constantly to all the tracks from this disk on Gunnar's website, I knew I needed to have this CD in my collection every day. It is gorgeous and inspiring, and I truly have not heard a disk this wonderful in a long long time.

Paul Kienitz

an amazingly gorgeous collection
This is, to put it simply, one of the most beautiful records I have ever listened to. Genuine beauty is a pretty rare quality in modern music, and this has it by the barrel. It is also complex and original enough to be highly engrossing, though "old fashioned" in tone. The different waltzes are so evocative and so varied that you could practically score a whole film with them.

This album stands outside of almost every recognized category of style or taste... and rather than making it an obscure niche work, instead this makes it universal. Just about anyone will find something to like about it.

Lim Jingshun

Fantastic...!
Every track on this album is spectacular. Its one of those rare CDs that you just can't get sick of, even after weeks of listening.
Got to know about Gunnar Madsen from watching Sex And The City. Simply beautiful.
However, i'd like to point out that the CD i have has a couple of problems when i play it on my player and even the CDROM i'm using - on track 01 (Anna), on locations 0:44, 1:04 and especially 2:13 there's an audible squeak. Particularly on 2:13, it was quite a loud blip. I checked out with Gunnar Madsen himself, he already knows about this glitch but not everyone has been getting that problem. I even ripped that track using Exact Audio Copy, problem persisted.

But heck, its a beautiful album, i recommend it to everyone (except disco addicts... heh)! Just... Simply... Fantastic.
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