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'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)
'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