Richard Shulman,
Camelot Reawakened: A Vision Fulfilled
(RichHeart, 2002)

This is a fantastic album. It is one to listen to without interruptions or distractions. Put it on the deck, close the curtains, switch off the lights and drift off to the mists of time.

Here is lush orchestration, lovely voices and a dream awaiting you. A technical review is quite difficult on a CD like this, but as a listener I give it a high recommendation. I buy an album for how it sounds, and this wins on all counts. From track 1, "The Dream," it allows you to float on through "A Royal Procession" to a "Celebration."

I truly enjoyed drifting with the music but being a verbal person, I was delighted to find some vocals. In movement 5, "Remember the Love That We Are," there is a beautiful song that is exquisitely performed. "In the midst of the fear, in the midst of the pain, I will hold fast, love will remain" is part of an epic story but works as a love song, too. The blend of choir and soloists works so very well. It can almost be visualized as a stage or film performance.

"Prayer" features violas and builds with piano to a very visual experience. Somehow this CD manages to bring a vision from Shulman into the listener's head.

For the quiet moments, for the times when you need to be uplifted and even for spiritual refreshment this CD is one well worth seeking out.

- Rambles
written by Nicky Rossiter
published 30 November 2002

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