The Illusionary Movements of Geraldine and Nazu [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

The Illusionary Movements of Geraldine and Nazu [Barnes & Noble Exclusive]

by J. Ralph

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J. Ralph may not be a household name, but chances are his music enters your home every day, in the form of evocative soundscapes from countless TV ad campaigns. A self-taught composer who found early success in the heady realm of electronica, where he was known as Spy, J. Ralph's compositions are no mere jingles, but rather lush orchestral backdrops drawing on classical and cinematic prototypes, sometimes showing traces of his electronica expertise as well: the wistfully romantic music on the stereo in your Volkswagen (or Honda, or Volvo) as you cruise into the sunset. Behind its cryptic title, The Illusionary Movements of Geraldine and Nazu allows this versatile composer some space to breathe beyond the 30-second mark, as one expansive track after another etches itself into your memory. Half of the tunes are strictly instrumental, ranging from the lyrical solo violin and surging symphonic climaxes of "Untitled 17" to the Celtic tinge of "Where the Day Takes You" and the dramatic fanfares of "Paradise del'Anima Persa." The vocal tracks add a layer of dramatic mystery: "M" develops like an operatic scene, with a mezzo-soprano and a (Bocelli-esque) baritone in ardent dialogue and duet, pausing to dance a tarantella in the middle. The guitar and Middle Eastern strings on "One Million Miles Away" and the distant accordion on "Mi Ricordo" are among the many eclectic and ear-grabbing sonic touches, but there's also an emotional core in each song that goes deep beneath the appealing surface. J. Ralph's advertising clients should beware: After listening to this music on its own, you won't so much remember the products it was used to promote as simply admire the composer's distinctive talents and imagination.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/03/2005
Label: Alliance Entertainment Corp.
UPC: 0603777800424
catalogNumber: 80042

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J. Ralph   Primary Artist

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The Illusionary Movements of Geraldine and Nazu [Barnes & Noble Exclusive] 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I know that the idea of a nice relaxing flight sounds like a reach at best, but I have to thank United Airlines for featuring and introducing me to J.Ralph's album on one of my recent flights. I was hooked from his first song to last. Bought the album immediately once I found it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely going in my "if I was ever stranded on a desert island collection."
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is that this is the kind of album that you want to tell everyone about, and at the same time you want to keep it all to yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every song is mad relaxing and really good. its good stuff that you can just listen to in the backround and it calms you down. quite enjoyable overall to listen to..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the opportunity to listen to some songs during my flight from Brasil to Detroit on May 01, and I realized that just on that week the CD would be released by B&N ! Lucky me ! Just bought it on Tuesday and brought home. Beautiful, although J. Ralph will certainly improve its style in the near future. Good pick ! Renato Maschetto de Sa
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was in B&N and they were playing it over the loudspeaker. Fantastic. I asked what it was and bought two copies, one for me and a friend. Am buying another copy now for my son in Seattle. Overall, one of the finest CD's I have ever heard. Listen once and your'e hooked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For all you orchestral fans, this CD is for you. However, the best song is a vocal track, the bonus track, "When She Dances."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently purchased this album after hearing of J. Ralph through a friend, unfortunately it didn't have the bonus track, 'when she dances'. but regardless of this all the music featured was outstanding in setup, execution, and quality. It's wonderful to just listen to. It's an album that won't get stale with time always great. This album is one at the top. J. Ralph, keep it coming!
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK, many listeners of this CD out there may not know that this is actually J. Ralph's second CD. He originally released "Music to Mauzner By" under the moniker "SPY" back in 1999. Two of the songs on this CD were featured on that album: "One Million Miles" (the song featured in the Volkswagen wedding commercial) and "Untitled 17". Now that I've got that out of the way, let me praise this album: What talent Mr. Ralph has with writing, arranging and producing orchestrations! Wow... this album takes you to very vivid and imaginative places with its richness in sound and imagery. Each track can stand alone in its uniqueness and quality, no doubt. Compiled together, you have a fantastic listening experience that could, quite possibly, be a soundtrack to a movie. I would love to hear these works performed live by an orchestra and vocalists. J. Raplh, when do you plan on touring?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the sounds I've heard, his moved me in a way I've not felt in a very long time. While the twilight of my life has finally settled home - when I listen to J Ralphs melodies...I feel young again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I 1st heard "One Million Miles" on 'Music To Mauzner By', I was captivated by the mixture of electronica and classical melodies. While I love the operatic tones, I am so excited to hear the new orchestral version. Give the album a shot, I think we'll all be blown away.
Sassyhatian More than 1 year ago
I love this cd and every song in it. It song has emotion and feeling that moves with the beats.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Illusionary Movements of Geraldine and Nazu... transports you to another world. It is the calm in the storm... and "When She Dances" is simply beautiful. Mr. J. Ralph does not disappoint.