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Hosianna Mantra: Remastered [CD]

Popol Vuh Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Spv
  • ASIN: B00042YJJ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ah!
2. Kyrie
3. Hosianna-Mantra
4. Abschied
5. Segnung
6. Andacht
7. Nicht Hoch Im Himmel
8. Andacht
9. Maria (Ave Maria) (Bonus Track)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah! 9 Sep 2010
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This is one of Popol Vuh's most distinct albums, partly because of the relatively unfamiliar line up. The guitarist is Conny Veit, whose neat, sighing notes contrast with the jangly style of Daniel Fichelscher who plays on most of the later 1970s albums. In addition, Robert Eliscu of Between contributes some lovely oboe. 'Hosianna Mantra' is also much lighter and more uplifting than the other early albums, though there is a subtle layer of sadness here and there. Florian Fricke's piano is more prominent than usual and his classical upbringing is more evident as a result. This is certainly not a rock album. His cascading lines on 'Ah!' are a delight, as is the yearning feel of 'Kyrie'. The long title track is, however, the main highlight. The album is divided into two sections, the second suffering slightly by having to follow such a strong opening but is nevertheless excellent. The bonus track, 'Maria (Ave Maria)' is, by the way, nothing like the 'Ave Maria' most of us are familiar with and has rather a lilt to it. Not an instant album, but a beautiful one which repays further listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Krautrock at a new level..... 12 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
The first few times I heard this LP, I was sceptical - my initial thoughts being that it was music by & for hippies,(which in my world was not a recommendation).

I came to Popol Vuh via their contemporaries Can (and the BBC4 Krautrock documentary) and after a few more listens this music finally 'got me'. Now I think it's some of the most beautiful music ever made.

Had I been younger, I might not have appreciated this music (due to it's lack of energy) but Florian Fricke was so far ahead of his time it is unbelievable.

This was the group's 3rd album (from 1972), the first 2 were mostly free-form Moog based drones. This one is very different - pastoral and acoustic - maybe it could be described as psychedelic folk music. The occasional (unintelligible) and celestial female vocals are not lyrics, but part of the ambience created by Florian and the group. I find it strangely calming, even spiritual (which was probably the intention).

I think I would give this album 10 stars if I could - after I heard this, I bought every other Popol Vuh album. Just about everything they did in the 70's and early 80's is worth hearing.

If you are new to the band, don't bother with a compilation album - none of the ones available cover the diversity of their repertoire.

Buy this CD if you want understated, piano driven, beautiful music - you will not regret it in time.

Florian Fricke is truly a neglected legend - he deserved so much more recognition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The tangerine dream of spiritual soundpainting 3 Nov 2005
By Oliver - Published on Amazon.com
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Among the many German musicians who in the 1970s "traveled" (in person or just spiritually) to India and the Far East and absorbed Eastern spirituality in the format of western music, Florian Fricke is likely to be the greatest. His work has been a constant exploration of the same theme: how to express the most personal, profound, austere spirituality by the means of western classical music, western sacred music and profane rock music. It was a marriage of East and West, and a marriage of past and present, made on Earth. In fact, it was made in Germany, and it bears the stigmata of German history. Almost inevitably, Fricke ended up denying the fundamental tenet of German music of his age: electronics. The humble, peaceful tones of acoustic instruments served his purpose better than the majestic complexity of synthesizers and sequencers.

In 1972 Fricke converted to both Christianity and Hinduism, and decided to move even further away from electronic instruments, preferring the most humble acoustic instruments over high-tech devices. A new line-up, centered around the angelic wails of Korean soprano Djong Yun, recorded Hosianna Mantra (Pilz, january 1973) in a Buddhist meditative tone, showing a solemn and elegant way to bridge the Western mass and Eastern meditation. Fricke on keyboards, Amon Duul II's guitarist Conny Veit, Between's Robert Eliscu on oboe, Fritz Sonnleitner on violino, Klaus Wiese on tambouras build up ascetic atmospheres that catapult the listener into Tibetan or Gregorian monasteries. Most of the interplay is between the piano (tenderly caressed by Fricke) and the guitar (whose phrasing simulates the Indian mantras). The other instruments add evocative power to the music, rarely altering the flow, in a manner similar to renaissance music. The key difference between this music and classical or rock music is the repudiation of rhythm: Tangerine Dream was removing rhythm (i.e., Time) from its cosmic soundpainting, and Popol Vuh removed rhythm (i.e., Time) from its spiritual soundpainting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Popol Vuh - 'Hosianna Mantra' (SPV) 15 Jan 2011
By Mike Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1972, this being one of Popol Vuh's earlier efforts. Main reason I decided to check out this experimental / krautrock title was that - recently, I happened to purchase the Kawabata Makoto CD by the same name that was the Acid Mothers Temple's main player's personal tribute to Popol Vuh. Tracks that I got the most out of were "Kyrie", the ten-minute inspiring title cut "Hosianna Mantra", the truly innovative "Segnung" and the spine-tingling "Nicht Hoch Im Himmel" (just beautiful!). Personnel: Florian Fricke - cembalo, piano & percussion, Robert Eliscu (Between) - oboe, Fritz Sonnleitner - violin, Connie Veit (Gila) - guitars, Djong Yun - sax & vocals and Klaus Weiss - percussion & tamboura. Keep in mind that I've never been that huge of a Popol Vuh fan - but this work is truly ahead of it's time in every aspect. I like a lot of the other krautrock bands, both past and current. 'Hosianna Mantra' is a must-have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hosianna Mantra could be the most beautiful album ever 18 Nov 2003
By Jim Keil - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you already know Popol Vuh, but not this album, rest assured that this will be your favorite Popol Vuh album. If you're not familiar with the band (Florian Fricke, really), know that this is the most beautiful album you'll ever own. Simply, Hosianna Mantra is the most beautiful album ever recorded. Guitars, violin, piano, oboe, and Korean singer Djong Yun combine to out-pretty all that came before. But it's not schmaltzy. It's just beautiful. Jazzy just enough not to be annoying, psychadelic just enough not to be exasperating, it's just the sweetest sound you've ever heard. Now, if you're a Popol Vuh fan who never heard this, just know it is better than everything else. It is Popol Vuh at its best. Buy this thing. Nothing is "better".
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