Just what is a Faun, you ask? That would be the flute-playing mythical creature who is half goat and half human. That is fantasy, the reality is Faun are a German neo prog band born in 1992 comprising of Christoph Roth (vocals, key board and percussion), Steffen Schuerkens (drums, vocals and guitar) and Helmut Weinlaender (bass and guitars) in Wuerzburg. In 1993 they added Marko Brenziger (guitars and keyboards) and Evelyn Ott (flute and keyboards) to round out the band…
This one is for sure Germany's finest folk and medieval band! It's always a pleasure and a big party with them: a statement that’s been confirmed one more time!…
Of all the great ballerinas, Tanaquil Le Clercq may have been the most transcendent. With a body unlike any before hers, she mesmerized viewers and choreographers alike - her elongated, race-horse physique became the new prototype for the great George Balanchine. Her unique style, humor and authenticity redefined ballet for all dancers who followed. Amazingly, she was the muse to not one great artist but two; both George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins loved her as a dancer and a woman. Balanchine married her and Robbins created his famous version of Afternoon of a Faun for Tanny. Tanaquil Le Clercq was the foremost dancer of her day until it suddenly all stopped. On a tour of Europe, she was struck down by polio and paralyzed. She never danced again.
Faun is a German medieval folk group from Munich which combines the use of ancient instruments with a more contemporary twist in creating an enchanting and powerful atmosphere.The band’s performances utilise chanted vocals and often employ the use of a variety of different instruments including the Celtic harp, nyckelharpa, lyres, bagpipes, Japanese taiko, cister, Pagan zither, flutes and Arabic instruments such as the dombra, rebab, riq, oud, darabukka and bendir.Faun’s roots in medieval music, combined with their influences drawn from celtic folk, contemporary rock and Arabic rhythmic tones and fused with driving beats has gained the band a quickly-growing crowd of followers.Faun was founded in early 2002 in Munich, Germany, and has since performed at more than four-thousand shows in a variety of locales, including festivals, medieval markets, concert halls and churches throughout Europe.
Collection includes: Early Song (1999); Mother Twilight (2001); Family Album (2004); The Transit Rider (2006) and Light of a Vaster Dark (2010).
The Afternoon of a Faun showcases the superbly "French" sonority of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, but it's a pity that Munch only recorded the first two of Debussy's three Nocturnes. Fêtes, in particular, boasts exceptional subtlety of color and rhythm at a surprisingly (for this conductor) measured tempo.
Printemps is simply spectacular: no other performance matches this one's Dionysian abandon and sense of ecstasy. It's too bad that RCA didn't include Munch's Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, which would have just fit with a little reshuffling of the other contents and made for a unique pair of Debussy discs.(David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday)