Book of Roses [Enhanced]

Book of Roses [Enhanced]

by Andreas Vollenweider
     
 

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Andreas Vollenweider's Book of Roses marries concept to contemporary instrumentalism, and blends the music of numerous cultures into the composer's already worldly sound. Separated into four chapters (where each song is an "episode"), the album chronicles the journey of a young girl from dances in grand ballrooms, through mysterious woods full of magical jugglers, to… See more details below

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Andreas Vollenweider's Book of Roses marries concept to contemporary instrumentalism, and blends the music of numerous cultures into the composer's already worldly sound. Separated into four chapters (where each song is an "episode"), the album chronicles the journey of a young girl from dances in grand ballrooms, through mysterious woods full of magical jugglers, to an eventual meeting with the Sphinx. In between there are numerous other adventures, each punctuated by some of the most ambitious music of Vollenweider's career. His trademark electric harp is still here, and the flair for sweeping arrangement is intact. But the straightforward pop-jazz of "In Doga Gamee" (complete with lyrics) suggests Soul Cages-era Sting, while "In the Woods of Kroandal" marries a romantic classical swell to flamenco guitar and nature sounds. Vocals return for "Hirzel," which flirts with pop even more blatantly, breaking into a reverb-drenched electric guitar lead midway through. But Vollenweider then really gets experimental with "Manto's Arrow and the Sphinx" -- with its relatively conventional harp dominated by the whooping and sequenced screeching of a female vocalist, the song is completely unclassifiable. While "Sphinx" is ultimately too outrageous to be functional, it proves that Vollenweider -- by now an established heavyweight in the new age arena -- is not afraid to try out new ideas. Fans of the composer's early, more ethereal work might be a little put off by Book of Roses' worldbeat flair and pop leanings. But they will no doubt enjoy the album's more thematic elements, which cleverly tie its various sections and sounds together with the turning pages of a book. Likewise, the finale, "Letters to a Young Rose," is classic Vollenweider, matching his modified harp to a shuffling accordion as it moves through various moods and tempos. Book of Roses isn't recommended for the casual Vollenweider fan, but it's a must-read for the faithful. [This enhanced edition features three bonus tracks, plus extensive behind-the-scenes footage and live performances.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2006
Label:
Kin Kou
UPC:
0795041755926
catalogNumber:
17559

Tracks

  1. Chapter One: La Strega
  2. Chapter One: The Grand Ball of the Duljas
  3. Chapter One: Morning at Boma Park
  4. Chapter One: The Five Curtains
  5. Chapter One: Book of Roses
  6. Chapter One: In Doga Gamee
  7. Chapter One: Passage to Promise
  8. Chapter Two: In the Woods of Kroandal
  9. Chapter Two: Jugglers in Obsidian
  10. Chapter Three: Chanson de l'Heure Bleue
  11. Chapter Three: Czippa and the Ursanian Girl
  12. Chapter Three: The Birds of Tilmun
  13. Chapter Three: Hirzel
  14. Chapter Four: Jours d'Amour
  15. Chapter Four: Manto's Arrow and the Sphinx
  16. Chapter Four: Letters to a Young Rose
  17. Overtuerli
  18. Book of Roses
  19. Hey You! Yes You...
  20. Book of Roses: A Visit at the Studio/About Storytelling with Music [
  21. Book of Roses Promotional Video
  22. Introducing Vox (Interviews, Studio Work, Live, Background Information)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andreas Vollenweider   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Flute,Percussion,Piano,Bassoon,Alto Flute,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Cheng,Classical Guitar,Hammered Dulcimer,Crumhorn,Erhu,hooter,Bamboo Flute,Electracoustic Pedal Harp,Orchestral Percussion
Max Lasser   Slide Guitar
Gerardo Nuñez   spanish guitar
Carmen Cortes   Palmas
Corin Curschellas   Vocals
Thomas Fessler   Percussion,Electric Guitar,Sitar,Pipa,Charango
Sandro Friedrich   Overtone Flute
Heiri Känzig   Acoustic Bass
Peter Keiser   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Walter Keiser   Percussion,Drums,Tom-Tom
Marilyn Mazur   Percussion
Roman Schmid   English Horn
Christoph Stiefel   Keyboards
Matthias Ziegler   Flute,Bass Flute
Hanspeter Haas   Bass Trombone
Peoro Haldemann   Percussion,Vocals,Frame Drum
Dodo Hug   Voices
Daniel Pezzotti   Cello
Gerassim Gerassimov   Track Performer
Hugo Helfenstein   Trombone
Sacho Jelev   Track Performer
Jvaylo Jvanov   Track Performer
Sue Mathys   Voices
Vali Mayer   Acoustic Bass
Angel Petkov   Track Performer
Tadeusz Tomaszczuk   Track Performer
Assen Toschef   Track Performer
Beata Vollenweider   Voices,Pedal Bass
Santino Famulari   Piano,Accordion
Andres Joho   Conductor
Sainkho Namtchylak   Vocals,Footsteps

Technical Credits

Andreas Vollenweider   Arranger,Composer,Special Effects,Producer,Choreographer,Audio Production
Eric Merz   Engineer
Peoro Haldemann   Sound Effects,Drawing
Carol Chen   Art Direction
David Alan Kogut   Art Direction
Jurg Jecklin   Engineer
Nick Koudis   Set Construction
Jurg Peterhans   Engineer
Tutu Smirnovitch   Contributor
Andres Joho   Orchestration

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