The Forest

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1988, David Byrne collaborated with Robert Wilson on a "theatre piece" called The Forest that premiered in Berlin. Byrne previously had worked with Wilson on The CIVIL warS, resulting in his album Music for The Knee Plays. Byrne's orchestral score served as the basis for this more extended version, released three years later on his Luaka Bop label. The music is stately, near-classical, and like none of his other recordings except his Academy Award-winning music for The Last Emperor. Byrne always was an eclectic, and in a purely musical environment there are a few stray lyrics, but nothing to speak of, he is free to move from the European classical tradition to those...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
In 1988, David Byrne collaborated with Robert Wilson on a "theatre piece" called The Forest that premiered in Berlin. Byrne previously had worked with Wilson on The CIVIL warS, resulting in his album Music for The Knee Plays. Byrne's orchestral score served as the basis for this more extended version, released three years later on his Luaka Bop label. The music is stately, near-classical, and like none of his other recordings except his Academy Award-winning music for The Last Emperor. Byrne always was an eclectic, and in a purely musical environment there are a few stray lyrics, but nothing to speak of, he is free to move from the European classical tradition to those of Japan and the Middle East, among other places. Depending upon your point of view, the result is either a pleasant travelogue or a mess. Or maybe both.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/1991
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992658423
  • Catalog Number: 26584

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ur (13:08)
  2. 2 Kish (5:47)
  3. 3 Dura Europus (3:27)
  4. 4 Samara (5:40)
  5. 5 Nineveh (3:34)
  6. 6 Ava (12:14)
  7. 7 Machu Picchu (3:14)
  8. 8 Tula (4:20)
  9. 9 Teotihuacan (2:37)
  10. 10 Asuka (7:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Byrne Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Alan Broadbent Piano
Sid Page Violin
Robert Becker Viola
Stewart Blumberg Trumpet
Samuel Boghossian Violin
Ernie Carlson Trombone
Jon Clarke Oboe
Larry Corbett Cello
Randy Crenshaw Vocals
Corin Curschellas Vocals
Bernie Dresel Percussion
Steve Durnin French Horn
Jesse Ehrlich Cello
Alan Estes Percussion
Paul Fenton Viola
James Getzoff Violin
Linda Harmon Vocals
Jimmie Haskell Accordion
Scottie Haskell Vocals
Alan Kaplan Trombone
Jim Lacefield Bass
Joy Lyle Violin
Don Markese Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Malcolm McNabb Trumpet
Dan Neufeld Violin
Bobbi Page Vocals
Michael Riessler Clarinet, Saxophone
Jim Self Tuba
David Shamban Cello
Sid Sharp Violin, Concert Master
Sarah Orme Weisz Flute
Patricia S. Kindel Bassoon
Sidney Sharp Violin
Thomas Baumgartel Horn, French Horn
Jeffry Bossin Carillon
Klaus Burger Tuba
Uwe Fussel Bass Trombone
Marcus Honegger Violin
Marcus Hufschmidt Flute
Hitoshi Ishikaba Violin, Concert Master
Geno Lechner Vocals
Helmut Menzler Cello
Ulrich Pfrötsch Trombone
Chrisitian Pitius Organ, Piano, Celeste
Robyn Schulkowsky Percussion
Miriam Sosewitz Flute
Joachim Steever Double Bass
Frieder Steinle Trumpet
Mechiel Vandenbrink Oboe, Cor anglais
Robert Zollitsch Zither
Samuel Thiel Horn, French Horn
John A. Reynolds French Horn
Teodoro Anzellotti Accordion
Susann Widmer Violin
Lorin Levee Clarinet
Camilla Hoitenga Flute
Johannes Beer Drums
Technical Credits
David Byrne Liner Notes, Art Direction
Steve Hall Mastering
Brian Mendelsohn Digital Editing
Andy Waterman Engineer
Mark Wolfson Engineer
Robin Lynch Art Direction
John Taylor Dismukes Artwork
Brenda Dunlap Audio Production
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