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4.0 out of 5 stars Great crossover but not going to do a Jan Garbarek
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...
Published on 23 Jun. 2013 by Ade Annabel

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3.0 out of 5 stars A rich and sometimes indigestible stew of New Age sounds
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A rich and sometimes indigestible stew of New Age sounds, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great crossover but not going to do a Jan Garbarek, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally engrossing music, 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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