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Album Review

Composer Tim Janis plays piano and synthesizers on this moving musical impression of Acadia National Park. Like the best symphonic movie scores, the music allows the wilderness area and its Native American and Celtic heritage to spring vividly from the speakers. "Eagle Lake" is a majestic piece that soars on the winds. "Mount Desert Island" also seems airborne, soaring over crashing waves. Janis' delicate piano flutters like a gentle breeze on "First Light," capturing both the stillness and the awakening of life with the sunrise. "Wind Song," with its touching oboe and violin solos (played by Margaret Herlehy and Viktoria Kehler, respectively) will remind you of the themes from James Horner's score for the film Cocoon. The lovely theme is continued in other pieces, as well. This is Janis' first album on his own label, with a very polished, moving, and balanced performance. If this music had been written for a movie, it would be a top seller. It's lush yet intimate, soaring yet still — all in all, incredibly heartwarming. Augmenting Janis' synths and nature sounds are live instruments: violin and fiddle, cello, oboe, flute, acoustic guitar, percussion, and fretless bass.

Customer Reviews


I love this cd! I could go to sleep to it!

Unbelievably fantastic....

I first heard the Tim Janis Ensemble about 10 years ago in college while I was shopping at the Holyoke Mall (Holyoke, MA). I had been to Maine and Acadia NP several times and when I heard this it immediately sent me back there. If ever there was music that captured a place so well, this is it! This album in particular should be the official anthem of Acadia! Even though I was trying to conserve my money (typical poor college kid!) I made an exception and bought this (and etian) immediately and have subsequently gotten every member of my family hooked on Tim Janis music. This music is relaxing, calming and was even great music to study to in college! I recommend it highly!!


More new age noise.


Genre: New Age

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Tim Janis, who has conducted the Czech National Symphony, the Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in addition to writing his own music, studied piano and received a degree in composition from the University of New Hampshire in 1991. He has cited composers John Williams, John Barry, and Hans Zimmer as major influences, but has experimented with several forms of the art, writing musicals (produced at UNH), synthesized pop songs with vocals, scores for small independent films,...
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Along the Shore of Acadia, Tim Janis
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: New Age, Music
  • Released: 1996

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