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Karda Estra: Voivode Dracula

As stark and foreboding as a November evening in Transylvania, Richard Wileman's Karda Estra presents Voivode Dracula ; music inspired by the classic Bram Stoker novel : Dracula . This 8th release by Mr Wileman has him playing classical, electric, and bass guitars, keyboards, percussion, bouzouki, rastrophone, and various other colours. Joining him are Ileesha Bailey ( vocals), Helen Dearnley (violin), Carol Hansford ( oboe, cor anglais, and vocals), Sarah Higgins ( cello), Zoe King ( flute, alto saxophone, clarinet, and vocals) and Michelle Williams ( clarinet).

Voivode Dracula is a beautifully orchestrated movement which contrasts very delicate , soft passages ,with grandiose and harsh punctuations. The result is an exquisite musical tapestry. The pacing of the music is deliberately slow, creating an ominous reticence throughout. Lucy- Festina Lente features haunting ,ethereal vocals which create an otherwordly effect which works beautifully.

Not a disc I'd recommend you play at your next Sunday BBQ, Voivode Dracula is best appreciated in dark, introspective moments. Let Karda Estra be your guide into the nether regions of your soul; just make sure you know the way back.

Track Listing

  1. Voivode Dracula ( 9:14 )
  2. Lucy- Festina Lente ( 6:36 )
  3. The Land Beyond The Forest ( 6:07 )
  4. Mina ( 8:12)
  5. Kisses For Us All ( 13:16 )

Added: August 22nd 2004
Reviewer: Yves Dubé
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Karda Estra: Voivode Dracula
Posted by Greg Cummins, SoT Staff Writer on 2004-08-24 06:57:55
My Score:

Dark & foreboding, menacing and threatening, austere and yet uplifting in sections, this was one hellova disc to review as well, seeing a copy was also sent my way for my thoughts. I admit to finding it hard to enjoy initially as it was so damned depressingly drawn out and unflattering to itself but repeated listens helps to allow the themes to unfold with a little more meaning.

It certainly ain't the most suitable rekkid to play at your next barbie, but hey, if your mother-in-law has pissed you off lately and won't leave your party, 5 minutes of this smorgasbord of misery and mayhem played ever so loudly in her direction, will surely have her hunting down the keys to her electric wheelchair in no time at all.

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