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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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" ...
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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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: 1/10/2006
  • Label: Kin Kou
  • UPC: 795041755926
  • Catalog Number: 17559

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chapter One: La Strega (1:03)
  2. 2 Chapter One: The Grand Ball of the Duljas (1:45)
  3. 3 Chapter One: Morning at Boma Park (3:17)
  4. 4 Chapter One: The Five Curtains (1:48)
  5. 5 Chapter One: Book of Roses (3:26)
  6. 6 Chapter One: In Doga Gamee (4:41)
  7. 7 Chapter One: Passage to Promise (2:29)
  8. 8 Chapter Two: In the Woods of Kroandal (3:13)
  9. 9 Chapter Two: Jugglers in Obsidian (3:29)
  10. 10 Chapter Three: Chanson de l'Heure Bleue (1:35)
  11. 11 Chapter Three: Czippa and the Ursanian Girl (3:11)
  12. 12 Chapter Three: The Birds of Tilmun (2:09)
  13. 13 Chapter Three: Hirzel (5:21)
  14. 14 Chapter Four: Jours d'Amour (3:58)
  15. 15 Chapter Four: Manto's Arrow and the Sphinx (2:35)
  16. 16 Chapter Four: Letters to a Young Rose (5:21)
  17. 17 Overtuerli (3:08)
  18. 18 Book of Roses (3:05)
  19. 19 Hey You! Yes You... (5:44)
  20. 20 Book of Roses: A Visit at the Studio/About Storytelling with Music [
  21. 21 Book of Roses Promotional Video
  22. 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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