Deuter is one of the most long-standing, prolific and popular artists in the new age music scene. His newest recording is called Illumination of the Heart and it is full of more beautiful, gentle music that should have wide appeal within this genre.
Although originally from Germany and now living in the United States, many of his recent albums have had English tune titles. But this album has many titles in German, French and other languages. Regardless, the music is universal and features a mix of Anglican instruments (cello, piano, guitar) mixed with other instruments from around the world (flutes, and what sounds like either a Chinese guzheng, a Japanese koto or a sarangi from India). He also sings on one piece.
The album starts with “Matamua” which has a light percussion rhythmic base (like maybe drums from India) and a pretty flute melody over the top. The next tune, “Moon and Earth,” is completely different — fairly ambient, no rhythm or percussion, and the sounds coming as up-and-down waves, probably all synth. “Tonglen” has synth mixed with the sounds of violin, flute and harp. This gives you an idea of the breadth and scope of this project.
If you are a fan of creative new age music, or a specific fan of Deuter’s, you will not be disappointed with this recording.