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Personal Information:. Studied classical music at Lyzeum No. Producer, composer, and arranger. Michael Cretu, the man who is Enigma, declared his creative philosophy in a Virgin Records press release: " Old rules and habits have to be rejected and dismissed so that something new can be created.
There is a sense of mystery in the music that I wanted to leave untouched by the perceptions and Bye Bye Fräulein - Various - Super-Disco ideas that come with the past history of a producer or a songwriter.
This is music that is different from any other available at the moment. I think people have responded to that. Born on May 18,in Bucharest, Romania, Cretu pursued an early goal of becoming a concert pianist by studying classical music. In he attended Lyzeum No. From to he attended the Academy of Music in Frankfurt, Germany, where he earned a degree in music.
Deserting his goal of classical music, he claimed, "I started writing hits the day I sold my piano. In Cretu won his first gold record for his production work. Cretu has also won gold record awards for producing albums by his wife, Euro-dance chanteuse Sandra, and multi-instrumentalist-composer Michael Oldfield.
Since Cretu has produced seven albums for Sandra, including her first international hit single, " Maria Magdalena," which went to Number One in more than 30 countries. Cretu released his first solo album on Virgin, Legionare which means legionnairesinbut his solo efforts before taking the name Enigma failed to earn U. MCMXC a. Cretu told Alan di Perna of Keyboard, Expressions (Two Step Dub Mix) - DJ Dee Kline & Baffled - Expressions conceived of the whole album as a single song.
The words and sounds are like flashlight beams. They don't show you everything. I.
Angeli Di Pietra Mistica - Rhapsody - Power Of The Dragonflame have to look at what's between the lines. A mixture of sixth-century Gregorian chants, bewitching French whispers--provided by Cretu's wife, Sandra --and hypnotic, ethereal music set to intoxicating dance rhythms, MCMXC a. Even so, "Sadeness Part I," a song marked by its inclusion of Gregorian chant, was destined to become the album's runaway single.
This is a complete piece of work with many different Fading Shades - Rose Keller Project - The Divine Marquis and sounds. The French lyrics in "Sadeness Part I" are actually a dark homage to the Marquis de Sade, an eighteenth-century erotic novel writer from France from whose name Shades Of Grey (Live) - Various - Hard Rock N° 41 word sadism comes.
In analyzing this element of the debut Enigma album, Vince Aletti of the Village Voice stated, "Cretu isn't celebrating the notorious Marquis Sade reserved his fiercest contempt and some of his most exquisite literary tortures for the pious and the prim, so even if he remains offstage here, the writer is a devilishly successful device.
Cretu uses him to introduce questions of virtue and vice, faith and sacrilege, love and lust. You don't have to go too far to read all kinds of accusations about the Catholic Church--scandals, inquisitions, and wars--and you wonder how you can reconcile this with the idea that the Church is supposed to stand for universal love.
But at the same time, I've been told that the Marquis de Sade was a very religious man, that he wrote what he wrote as a revenge against certain pious people who were hypocrites. So again, there are questions, mysteries. The Marquis was apparently not the only one out for revenge. I didn't want to write songs, I wanted to write moods. It's not a sexual music that I did. It's a sensual music. And there's a big difference. Some radio stations in Europe with a large Catholic Doll Hospital - John Hiatt - All Of A Sudden could not see that difference.
They banned "Sadeness Part I," considering it "pure blasphemy. I believe in destiny, which is a much more powerful belief. In terms of record sales, Cretu's beliefs were apparently embraced by many listeners. The record would ultimately attain the Number One position in 15 countries.
Peaking at Number Two on the U. Although Enigma was perhaps singularly responsible for boosting interest in Gregorian chant music worldwide, there was a price to pay--literally. In August of Munich-based choir Kapelle Antiqua demanded a written apology in addition to financial compensation when the choir, according to Ellie Weinert in Billboard, "recognized its recordings of Gregorian choral works on Enigma tracks.
The group sued for damages, claiming Cretu had infringed upon its 'right of personality' by distorting the records sampled on the 'Sadeness Part I' and 'Mea Culpa' album tracks and singles. In film producer Robert Evans asked Cretu to write the title song for the motion picture Sliver. In May of Cretu told Larry Flick of Billboard, "It is my plan for Enigma to be an outlet for music that boldly strays away from the norm of pop music.
I have several ideas for the next album that I think are fascinating. Part of the fun of projects such as these is watching how all of the various elements come together in the studio.
Cretu's belief that "music is part of my soul--and this ultimately decides everything" perhaps best explains the three years it took him to produce his second album. In Keyboard Fading Shades - Rose Keller Project - The Divine Marquis summed up perhaps a major reason for Enigma's Five G - Bill Bruford - Master Strokes 1978-1985 "Enigma is a vehicle for doing things outside the rules that you normally have to follow when you make a dance record.
Then I'll move on to something else. Selected Discography:Also contributed songs to soundtrack Sliver, Virgin,and others. Entertainment Weekly, October 14, Melody Maker, January 12, Rolling Stone, May 2, ; May 16, Village Voice, April 16, Additional Sources: Additional information for this profile was obtained from Virgin Records America publicity materials,and Nizzari Artist Management, Finally the waiting is over!
About 10 years ago Ruth had a No. Tracklisting of the ''What About Us? Posted by Chatty at PM 3 comments: Links to this post. Because I know a lot of fans out there are looking for such albums. Maybe, you will be kind enough to present a few albums you've come across as well. You may have heard about them, but I doubt anyone has given you enough description about their connections with the Enigmatic genre. First, let me introduce a few less known ones.
There are a couple of good tracks on the first album. It fits pretty well in the Enigmatic genre. The melodies Fading Shades - Rose Keller Project - The Divine Marquis quite sad and Enigmatic here. So take this album seriously. His first album "Conjure One" is an absolute masterpiece. It takes the ideas from Delerium project and mixes them with Mid-Eastern elements and fantastic orchestral Violins at some points.
If you liked Delerium's Karma and Poem, you are sure to love this one. But his album "The Songs of Distant Earth" is fantastic. He obviously tried to make an Enigmatic album. The album is an ambient mix of electric guitars and tribal and in one song Gregorian choirs. The album has some Vangelis flavor mixed with Enigma. It includes 17 magnificent tracks so that I can't skip any of them. In "Hibernaculum" a choir melody is used that seems like something Vangelis would come up with.
Anyways, this album is greatly recommended for Enigma fans. But with no sample chants. He has Fading Shades - Rose Keller Project - The Divine Marquis own chanting crew. Many of the songs he produces for Gregorian albums are covers. There are some classics in the album. Only one album was released under this project title. The songs here are a combination of medieval chants, bagpipes and beats. I used to hate the album in the beginning, but it quickly grew on me.
Matter of fact, I would buy the album just because of that one single song. There are 2 really good orchestral songs in the album. I recommend this album to Enigma fans with a wider Fading Shades - Rose Keller Project - The Divine Marquis of music. Sacred Spirit: Another project from the producer of B-Tribe.
This time, he puts the guitars away and mixes electronic rhythms with North American tribal chants and violins. There is basically no genre to put this group in. It comes close to Enigma in mysticism and cultural mix but differs in terms of production and vocals. Both of the creators have vocals on the albums. The English lyrics are poetic, There is some choral chanting in some songs. Vangelis: The father of Newage music.
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