Various artists - The Throne Of Drones
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David Darling's solo recordings have met with extremely positive press reactions. "David Darling produces a ravishing cello sound," Gramophone enthused, "creating sounds to be lived with rather than merely listened to… The result is haunting and seductive." Down Beat, meanwhile, noted that "Darling's range of stylistic evocations moves from early music to ethereal, swarthy impressionism to folk sonorities… All is dark and wintry but somehow transcendent." Often using tunings associated with the early viols and gambas, Darling's cello creates rich, evocative, melancholy landscapes.
In the past, he has worked with the Paul Winter Consort, whose line-up was also to yield the group Oregon. He made his ECM debut in 1979 on Ralph Towner's Old Friends, New Friends, which was soon followed by the solo Journal October, a recording which was freely improvised and constructed in the studio.