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Aviva (Aviva Omnibus)


Symphonic Prog

3.46 | 14 ratings

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4 stars Russian project AVIVA is the creative vehicle for composer and keyboardist Dmitry Lukianenko, and first came to prominence in 2007 with the release of "Rokus Tonalis." Since then a band version of the project named Aviva Omnibus issued "Nutcracker in Fury" in 2008, and then in 2010 the next stand-alone Aviva project appeared in the shape of "Peer Gynt in Favour". As with the other CDs named, this latest venture was handled by the French specialist label Musea Records.

"Peer Gynt in Favour" is a production that appears to be a tribute to the late and great Edvard Grieg first and foremost. Themes and motifs from his Peer Gynt suite are explored in a distinctly electronic setting, ranging from tranquil new age to energetic and close to industrial in scope. Cold and synthetic material, but also vital and refreshing as long as you have a soft spot for electronic music made with a clinical contemporary sound. An estimated target crowd for this CD would be those who enjoy Vangelis just as much as Nine Inch Nails, and I'd guess that those with a soft spot for artists such as Isao Tomita might find this one enticing too.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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