Q - 8/96, pp.121-1223 Stars
- Good - "...mixes acoustic interludes with stadium belters, heavy on synthesizers and guitar. Occasional[ly] features...a more interesting side to Kitaro..."
Personnel: Kitaro (keyboards, taiko drums, guitar, wooden flute, Tibetan long horn, vocals); Angus Clark (guitar); Lorenza Ponce (violin); Nawang Khechog (flute, percussion, vocals, Tibetan long horn, digeridoo); Diana Dentino, Keith Heffner (keyboards); Jeff McElroy (bass); Yoshi Shimada (drums); Derek Zimmerman (percussion).
All songs written by Kitaro.
AN ENCHANTED EVENING was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.
Released in the mid-'90s in conjunction with a video of the same name, AN ENCHANTED EVENING is a live recreation of most of Kitaro's 1994 guitar-heavy album, MANDALA. Sensitive renditions of "Silk Road" (Kitaro's most-record tune) and the sweeping "Heaven and Earth," from the soundtrack of Oliver Stone's film, round out the program.
The live ensemble (including a violinist, bassist, and didgeridoo player, in addition to Kitaro's keys, guitars and flutes) has the dynamic sense of a great jazz band, feeding off each other's inspiration and the excitement of the crowd. As always, the music shifts regularly from quiet, reflective passages to plosive thunder, usually within the same song, reminding us that there's no soft-volume requirement for spiritual music.