Book of Roses

Book of Roses

by Andreas Vollenweider


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Book of Roses

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/11/1992
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644860122
catalogNumber: 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,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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