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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" ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/1992
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644860122
  • Catalog Number: 48601

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andreas Vollenweider Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Percussion, Piano, Bassoon, Alto Flute, Electric Guitar, Harp, Keyboards, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Kora, Classical Guitar, Hammered Dulcimer, Primary Artist, Crumhorn, Erhu, hooter, Bamboo Flute
Max Lasser Slide Guitar
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Vocals
Gerardo Nuñez Guitar
Carmen Cortes Hand Clapping
Corin Curschellas Vocals
Thomas Fessler Percussion, Electric Guitar, Sitar, Pipa, Charango
Guadiana Hand Clapping
Heiri Känzig 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, Drums, Vocals
Dodo Hug Vocals
Daniel Pezzotti Cello
Gerassim Gerassimov Choir, Chorus
Sacho Jelev Choir, Chorus
Jvaylo Jvanov Choir, Chorus
Sue Mathys Vocals
Vali Mayer Bass
Angel Petkov Choir, Chorus
Andzej Porasxka Choir, Chorus
Tadeusz Tomaszczuk Choir, Chorus
Assen Toschef Choir, Chorus
Santino Famulari Piano, Accordion
Andres Joho Conductor, fender rhodes
Sainkho Namtchylak Vocals
Hans Hassler Accordion
Basel Sinfonietta Group
Technical Credits
Andreas Vollenweider Arranger, Composer, Special Effects, Producer, Choreographer, Contributor
Peter Keiser Contributor
Eric Merz Engineer
Peoro Haldemann Producer, Contributor, Drawing
Carol Chen Art Direction
Jurg Jecklin Engineer
Tutu Smirnovitch Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT music!

    I really loved this c-d. The best song on it, in my opinion, would be Chapter one:The Grand Ball of Duljas. This is definetly worth buying.

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