I introduced Sergey Kuryokhin three months ago, posting his soundtrack for that wonderful movie titled "Gospodin Oformitel". Now it's time to post something more.
"Sparrow Oratorium" is considered by many his strongest effort as a melodic composer.
It is a disregarded avant-prog gem, and its stylistical variety is impressive. Kuryokhin shows once more his mastery as a keyboard player and sound crafter, with some magnificent ambient backgrounds and dynamic minimal patterns, while all around sounds explodes as fireworks: angelic vocals (mostly provided by Marina Kapuro), subtlety dissonant guitars, saxophone fanfares, ostinato strings, and electronic rhythms made by some powerful synthesizer sequences. The sweet, catchy tunes are placed somewhere between dream-pop and Eastern European folk music.
This is such a beautiful album, you can compare it to Philip Glass, Jan Garbarek, or even Loreena McKennitt, but you'll always be distant from its real, unique sound.
P.S. Forget the first track, "Winter", which is a simply a re-titled version of his old classic "Donna Anna", recorded in 1988. The real album starts with the second piece, "Spring".
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