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Hosianna Mantra

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Florian Fricke pioneered the use of synthesizers in German rock, but by the time of Hosianna Mantra he had abandoned them eventually selling his famous Moog to Klaus Schulze. While In den Gärten Pharaos had blended synths with piano and African and Turkish percussion, Hosianna Mantra focuses on organic instrumentation. Conny Veit contributes electric guitar, but other than that, Fricke pulls the plug and builds the album around violin, tamboura, piano, oboe, cembalo, and Veit's 12-string, often with Korean soprano Djong Yun's haunting voice hovering above the arrangements. As the album's title suggests, Fricke conceived of Hosianna Mantra as a musical reconciliation of East and West, a harmonization of seemingly ...
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All Music Guide
Florian Fricke pioneered the use of synthesizers in German rock, but by the time of Hosianna Mantra he had abandoned them eventually selling his famous Moog to Klaus Schulze. While In den Gärten Pharaos had blended synths with piano and African and Turkish percussion, Hosianna Mantra focuses on organic instrumentation. Conny Veit contributes electric guitar, but other than that, Fricke pulls the plug and builds the album around violin, tamboura, piano, oboe, cembalo, and Veit's 12-string, often with Korean soprano Djong Yun's haunting voice hovering above the arrangements. As the album's title suggests, Fricke conceived of Hosianna Mantra as a musical reconciliation of East and West, a harmonization of seemingly opposed terms, combining two devotional music traditions. That notion of cultural hybridity resonates throughout. On "Kyrie" droning tamboura, simple piano patterns, ethereal, gull-like guitars, and yearning oboe ebb and flow before coalescing in a passage of intensity and release. The epic title track adds another dimension to the fusion, emphasizing a Western rock sound with Veit's spectacular playing to the fore, simultaneously smoldering and liquid, occasionally yielding to Djong Yun's celestial vocals. Above all, Fricke envisioned this as sacred music, intimately linked to religious experience; however, as his musical synthesis of disparate religious traditions indicates, he was seeking to foment a spiritual experience beyond the specificity of any particular faith. Indeed, Fricke called this album a "mass for the heart" and that aspect can be heard most succinctly on the melancholy "Abschied" and the gossamer-fragile "Segnung," which blend an austere hymnal sensibility with a more mystical vibe. Julian Cope has said that Hosianna Mantra
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/1992
  • Label: Celestial Harmonies
  • UPC: 013711300444
  • Catalog Number: 13004

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ah! (4:46)
  2. 2 Kyrie (5:23)
  3. 3 Hosianna-Mantra (10:12)
  4. 4 Abschied (3:14)
  5. 5 Segnung (6:07)
  6. 6 Andacht (0:47)
  7. 7 Nicht Hoch Im Himmel (6:18)
  8. 8 Andacht (0:48)
  9. 9 Maria (Ave Maria) (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Popol Vuh Primary Artist
Klaus Weiss Percussion
Robert Eliscu Oboe
Florian Fricke Percussion, Piano, Cembalo
Fritz Sonnleitner Violin, Guest Appearance
Conny Veit Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Djong Yun Saxophone, Soprano (Vocal)
Klaus Wiese Tamboura
Technical Credits
Popol Vuh Producer, Audio Production
Michael Crétu Author
Florian Fricke Composer
Gerard Augustin Liner Notes
Sandra Hiltmann Booklet Design
Michael Fuchs Gamböck Liner Notes
Gero Herrde Booklet Concept
Martin Buber Text
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