Ballett 2

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All Music Guide - François Couture
Like the other three Ballett albums, Ballett 2 was first released in 2000 as part of the ten-CD box set Contemporary Works 1 and later reissued as a single CD in Revisited's career-encompassing reissue program (number 87 in that series). Klaus Schulze composed the Ballett cycle for his mother, who used to be a ballet dancer. Ballett 2 is a continuous, 74-minute piece in four segueing movements. "Atmosphère Concrète" starts off in a disquieting and rather abstract mood. Schulze has never been known for doing musique concrète -- his first solo LP, Irrlicht, was definitely abstract, and he often pushed his music into experimental territories, but he never openly delved ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
Like the other three Ballett albums, Ballett 2 was first released in 2000 as part of the ten-CD box set Contemporary Works 1 and later reissued as a single CD in Revisited's career-encompassing reissue program (number 87 in that series). Klaus Schulze composed the Ballett cycle for his mother, who used to be a ballet dancer. Ballett 2 is a continuous, 74-minute piece in four segueing movements. "Atmosphère Concrète" starts off in a disquieting and rather abstract mood. Schulze has never been known for doing musique concrète -- his first solo LP, Irrlicht, was definitely abstract, and he often pushed his music into experimental territories, but he never openly delved into Pierre Schaeffer's heritage and lineage. However, "Atmosphère Concrète" (at eight minutes) does, indeed, evoke a concrète atmosphere, with lots of textural sounds, found sounds, and the voice and flute of Thomas Kagermann. The piece eventually resolves on the theme of "Kagi's Lament," a slow-paced, introspective dirge. The arpeggiated keyboard arrangements give the piece a certain Jean Michel Jarre feel. The "lament" mood is marvelously pinned down and there is no denying the piece's sorrowful beauty, but it runs out of ideas long before it reaches its 30-minute mark. The same is also true of "Wolf's Ponticelli" (24 minutes). Here, though, the electronics are classic Schulze. Wolfgang Tiepold's cello interventions, along with the scope, breadth and development of the piece, all point to the mastermind's main '70s opuses. This piece also picks up the pace, leading to the final part, "The Smile of Shadows," where the pulse turns into a trance beat, bringing us back into the late '90s, with Kagermann's bamboo flute adding a worldbeat element. This last section was mixed by Tom Dams and it bears his mark. The Revisited reissue adds a short bonus track, "Trance 4 Motion," first released on Essential Extracts, a little-known CD produced to promote the Contemporary Works 1 box set. It provides a nice postlude to "The Smile of Shadows," matching its beat and "chill room" feel.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • Label: Revisited Records
  • UPC: 693723055121
  • Catalog Number: 230551
  • Sales rank: 77,261

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Klaus Schulze Primary Artist
Thomas Kagermann Flute, Violin, Vocals
Wolfgang Tiepold Cello
Technical Credits
Klaus Schulze Composer, Audio Production
Klaus D. Mueller Producer
Tom Dams Master Transfers
Matt Goodluck translation
Markus Schurr translation
Stefan Rose Cover Design
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