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Recorded live at Bergen’s Natjazz Festival in May 2009, Crime Scene is a powerful and exciting addition to Terje Rypdal’s ECM discography. Although the Norwegian guitarist/composer has written often for orchestras or chamber ensembles – see, for instance, his Undisonus, Q.E.D., Double Concerto and Lux Aeterna recordings – collaborations with jazz big band have less ... Read more in Amazon's Terje Rypdal Store

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  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B00CE27GEU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Melodic Warrior, Op. 79: AwakeningTerje Rypdal, The Hilliard Ensemble, Bruckner Orchester Linz & Dennis Russell Davies 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Melodic Warrior, Op. 79: Easy NowTerje Rypdal, The Hilliard Ensemble, Bruckner Orchester Linz & Dennis Russell Davies 4:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Melodic Warrior, Op. 79: Song of ThundersTerje Rypdal, The Hilliard Ensemble, Bruckner Orchester Linz & Dennis Russell Davies 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Melodic Warrior, Op. 79: The Secret FileTerje Rypdal, The Hilliard Ensemble, Bruckner Orchester Linz & Dennis Russell Davies 5:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Melodic Warrior, Op. 79: My Music Reaches to the SkyTerje Rypdal, The Hilliard Ensemble, Bruckner Orchester Linz & Dennis Russell Davies 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Melodic Warrior, Op. 79: But Then AgainTerje Rypdal, The Hilliard Ensemble, Bruckner Orchester Linz & Dennis Russell Davies 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Melodic Warrior, Op. 79: A PrayerTerje Rypdal, The Hilliard Ensemble, Bruckner Orchester Linz & Dennis Russell Davies 6:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Melodic Warrior, Op. 79: Magician SongTerje Rypdal, The Hilliard Ensemble, Bruckner Orchester Linz & Dennis Russell Davies 9:16Album Only
Listen  9. Melodic Warrior, Op. 79: The Morning StarTerje Rypdal, The Hilliard Ensemble, Bruckner Orchester Linz & Dennis Russell Davies 4:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. And the Sky Was Coloured With Waterfalls and Angels, Op. 97: Waterfalls 1Terje Rypdal, Wroc?aw Philharmonic Orchestra & Sebastian Per?owski 6:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. And the Sky Was Coloured With Waterfalls and Angels, Op. 97: Waterfalls 2Terje Rypdal, Wroc?aw Philharmonic Orchestra & Sebastian Per?owski 7:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. And the Sky Was Coloured With Waterfalls and Angels, Op. 97: Waterfalls 3Terje Rypdal, Wroc?aw Philharmonic Orchestra & Sebastian Per?owski 7:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. And the Sky Was Coloured With Waterfalls and Angels, Op. 97: Waterfalls 4Terje Rypdal, Wroc?aw Philharmonic Orchestra & Sebastian Per?owski 5:30£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Two large compositions, 'Melodic Warrior' and 'And The Sky Was Coloured With Waterfalls And Angels' constitute one of Terje Rypdal's most adventurous albums. The title piece, a 45 minute epic, was commissioned by The Hilliard Ensemble and recorded in 2003 with the British vocal group and the Bruckner Orchester Linz under Dennis Russell Davies. The Hilliards sing texts drawn from Native American poetry powerfully echoing the natural world, from Chippewa, Navajo, Pima, and Papago sources, and Rypdal's sustained electric guitar lines soar melodically and dramatically above the strings' broad planes of sound.

'And The Sky Was Coloured With Waterfalls And Angels' meanwhile, documents the premiere of Terje's op. 97. Composed in 2009, inspired by Cannes' International Fireworks Festival and recorded with the Wroclaw Philharmonic, it is a darkly-expressive piece of concentrated, explosive power. Both pieces could only have been written by Terje Rypdal, a musician who has spent much of his creative life in the spaces between the genres.

Rypdal's journey as a composer of works for ensembles and orchestras began in the late 1960s. Already established in Norway as a rock and pop guitarist, he was beginning to explore jazz improvisation in the company of George Russell and Jan Garbarek, when exposure to the music of Ligeti and Penderecki opened up new and compelling sound-worlds. From 1969 he studied composition under Finn Mortensen and in 1971 premiered his first big piece, Eternal Circulation, with the Oslo Philharmonic and the Jan Garbarek Group. 1973's Whenever I Seem To Be Far Away was an early recorded instance of Terje's combining of improvised and notated elements in a strikingly original - and influential - chamber music outside the genres.

Since then other Rypdal ECM recordings with large instrumental forces include the award-winning "Undisonus" with Terje Tønnesen and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, "Q.E.D." (recorded 1991), "Double Concerto/5th Symphony" (1998), "Lux Aeterna" (2000), and "Crime Scene" (2009), the latter with the Bergen Big Band.

Personnel: Terje Rypdal (guitar), The Hilliard Ensemble, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Dennis Russell Davies (conductor), Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Sebastian Perloswski (conductor)

Review

'The two superb orchestral pieces here suggest that Rypdal really needs to be seen as a composer...Melodic Warrior sets native American poetry to startlingly shamanic soundscapes.' -- The Independent On Sunday, (Phil Johnson), June 30, 2013 * * * * *


'Melodic Warrior is breathtaking...it's a devil's stew of Rypdal's love of Legeti, Hank Marvin and the cinematic. It shouldn't work. But gloriously it does.' -- Jazzwise, (Andy Robson), August 2013 * * * *


'Rypdal's unmistakeable guitar features heavily in both works...during Waterfalls he unleashes some incendiary star-spangled mayhem a la Hendrix...another intriguing chapter in Rypdal's bold and groundbreaking career.' -- Jazz Journal, (Fred Grand), September 2013


'Sometimes lovely, sometimes bonkers, you will hear nothing else like Melodic Warrior this year.' -- The Times, (John Bungey), July 6, 2013


'The Times, (John Bungey), July 6, 2013' -- Marlbank, (Stephen Graham), June 29, 2013


'Rydpal's disparate elements are marshalled with such flair and glee that the finished product is hard to resist...Performances and recording are excellent.'

--The Arts Desk, (Graham Rickson), August 23, 2013

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marius Gabriel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 April 2014
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Terje Rypdal is a guitarist who has been through many phases, from grungy blues-rock to something much more progressive, over a long career which started in the 1980s.

On this album, made in conjunction with the Hilliard Ensemble and the Wroclaw Symphony Orchestra, he is in territory first explored by Jan Garbarek a decade ago, weaving moaning, whale-like sounds over a pseudo-classical backdrop. Heavenly Renaissance voices fade in and out and syrupy strings do a bit of Dvorak- and Shostakovitch-inspired noodling from time to time. Terje butts in with contributions which don't always make much musical sense.

In parts, this is simply too ambitious a mix, and sounds like the soundtrack to a bad sci-fi movie, or (more prosaically) a cow lowing down a tunnel. Like the titles of the tracks (and indeed of the album) long passages can be pretentious and dreary. Where it does work is on the lighter and more spontaneous passages, which emulate what Jan Garbarek did, keeping the sound ethereal and clear -- or where Terje returns to his rocking roots.

Not sure whether I recommend this album or not... or which listeners might enjoy it. I would suggest listening to some of the sample tracks before parting with your hard-earned!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ade Annabel on 23 Jun. 2013
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If you like Mike Oldfield's extended orchestral compositions this is the real stuff. A combination of David Bedford, Gegorian Chant and Benjamin Britten with a jazz twist.

For those familiar with ECM records let me say straightaway I love Terje Rypdal's ethereal guitar sound and hate Jan Garbarek's squeaky sax. Why mention Jan as he's not even on the record? His style of blending jazz with the choral medieval singing of the Hilliard Ensemble is all over this record and his collaborations remain amongst the label's biggest sellers. A great idea done in short pop like tracks and I respect it. What you get here is much grander, much more ambitious and much more satisfying because of the orchestral dimension and greater role of composition over improvisation. So not an immediate crowd pleaser but a rich tapestry of sound and mood that will satisfy the serious music lover who is happy to travel across genres in search of new landscapes and horizons. If it had even more of Terje's Hendrix or Fripp-style rock interventions I would have given it a 5.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miros S. on 18 Aug. 2013
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This cd did meet my expectations because im a fan of Terje Rypdale. I expected some 'spiritual journey' to far away places in mind mind - and voila, here it is. Well ... what else to add? If you know this guy - you won't be dissapointed, if not - no review in the world will be able to convince you. Just listen to samples of this album and you will get the idea of his music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Music with mostly delicate dramatics 29 Aug. 2013
By TraneSpirit332 - Published on Amazon.com
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I had high expectations for this disc, however, they did not completely fulfill. The music is well-written, atmospheric and - mostly - well played, but with the exception of two pieces from each work, without great drama of musical high energy.

The Hilliard Ensemble is the top of this record. They sing as well as ever, with slight wavering only on the most difficult, effect-like passages. You could say that the vocal quartet parts save the first work, 'Melodic Warrior', op. 79, altogether.

The orchestra in the first piece is not as good as in the next and last one, but, also the works in question are rather different, the former resting more on the vocal performances and the latter being - in addition to being fully instrumental - more "modern".

Rypdal's guitar performance isn't quite as much "playing" as it is an _effect_, consisting of slow and almost sleepy volume-swells on an impeccably clear and smooth, skillfully delayed electric guitar lead sound. Rypdal's sound is, in other words, beautiful, but doesn't compensate the over-simplicity. Even shades of Gary Moore [in one piece] don't save the effort; if Allan Holdsworth had a change to play solos in this kind of context, it would be a world-wide sensation!

Summary: 5 stars to Rypdal's guitar sound, 4 stars to The Hilliard Ensemble and the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra w/ Sebastian Perlowski, 3 stars to the Bruckner Orchester Linz and Dennis Russel Davies, 2 stars to the one who couldn't keep the coughing people off the record and 1 star to the coughers themselves.

P.S. The ambient human noises are very audible throughout this recording - if that kind of thing clearly annoys you, don't buy this record.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Could do better.... 23 Aug. 2013
By Billygoatgruff - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been following Terje since Whenever I Seem to be Far Away in 1974....and as a collective of recordings his output has been consistently excellent (aside from the appalling,truly awful Crime Stories and the muddled, cliched and utterly laborious Vossabrygg).His obvious love for the classical compositional approach into which his soaring yet mournful guitar dips in and out has produce several albums,this being the latest.It's good,a tad pompous and trying too hard to be "serious" at times...BUT its from live recordings dating 2003 and 2009 and despite the classical /experimental approach it merely reinforces what I've been thinking for a while.That being, Terje appears to be drifting and unsure as to what he should be recording.I tend to feel he should get back in the ECM studio and record a few albums with the small group format which proved so successful in the 70's,80's and early 90's...great compositions and outstanding playing within the whole group.

Over to you Manfred.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyment grows with repeated listenings. Overall a great success 4 May 2014
By D. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a bit put off at first, but this music reveals its charms over time. The quality of performance from the Hilliard Ensemble gives this melodic , haunting work some real gravitas. I especially enjoyed some of the lovely, delicate singing from the vocal soloists . Lyrical and romantic in nature. Perhaps a bit of a musical hodge podge at times , but treasurable for the uncynical and open minded.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A serious sonic exploration with Terje Rypdal 8 Aug. 2013
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I loved the depth and emotion of this album. Terje Rypdal is a sonic master that happens to bring his voice to music with his guitar. There are a lot of layers on this album, a lot of colors, a lot of emotion. For me, it was like looking at a beautiful work in an art museum; a work that entices you to spend some time looking at it and enjoying how it resonates with you and draws you in.

I suppose the high level description of this work would be Orchestral Terje Rypdal with the vocal expertise of the Hilliard Ensemble. You'll get a flavor of this album with the samples, although it's a very cohesive work that ultimately the samples only hint at. I mention this since there are a variety of Terje Rypdal works and styles; if you enjoy his music, you'll know this already. If you're new to Terje, I'd recommend the samples to get a sense of what this album represents.

As usual, ECM produces an incredibly well recorded album that captures much of the nuance of orchestra, voice, and guitar.

Highly recommended!
Very good and very bad - Rypdal's not atypical odd mix. I really like the majority of it so I'm largely happy. 16 April 2015
By Jim Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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The part of the album entitled Melodic Warrior gets a good 4 stars from me for Rypdal's terrific Stratocaster along with a vocal group, the Hilliard Ensemble, and orchestra. Leave it to Rypdal to combine such an unusual collection of artists. There a few moments of the nine songs in Melodic Warrior when the vocals don't quite click with me but I like this part of the album. That's the good news. The bad news, which I frequently expect from our intrepid guitarist, is the dreadful part called And the Sky was Coloured With Waterfalls and Angels. It's a four-part orchestral piece that gets a 1 star in my book. I've resigned myself to expecting most of his albums as being a weird mix of music I adore and music I can't stand. I recommend this album only to folks who are willing to hit the skip button whenever they feel it's necessary.
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