Shapes CD (2004)
Chamber Symphony SHAPES is a collection of classical compositions by Bach, Satie, and Schubert, among others, that have been retooled for the Latin-influenced acoustic guitar of Dominic Miller. A seasoned session player, Miller has performed with a diverse roster of artists, most notably Sting, with whom he has recorded eleven albums including the critically acclaimed THE SOUL CAGES. In the liner notes, Miller credits Sting's gift of a book of Bach partitas and sonatas as the catalyst for this ambitious project. "Mass in B Minor (Qui Tollis)," a Bach choral work, is one of the album's unexpected gems. Miller reverses the Mass's melodic structure and replaces the vocal lines with a lush string arrangement, while he explores the counter-melody on guitar. This novel approach is what makes SHAPES such a pleasure. Miller's ability to profoundly reinvent these beloved compositions and yet deliver them with all their original passion and reverence is remarkable. "Ave Maria" ...