Release Date: 10/01/21
An Andreas Vollenweider Album with a diverse range of styles that includes many instruments and sound effects
Book of Rosesis yet another brilliant Vollenweider album, yet it's notably different from the rest of his works to date. There is a wide range of styles and a tremendous range of different instruments and sound effects used here. In addition to his electroacoustic harp, you hear orchestral music, vocals, hammer dulcimer, bassoon, flutes, harmonica, horns/brass instruments, piano, electric and acoustic guitars, accordion, bass, and many different types of percussion, e.g. hand clapping, chalk/crayon scratching, and various kinds of drums. In addition you hear many sound effects: pages turning in a book, footsteps, clocks ticking, dogs barking, birds chirping, bow and arrow, and many other special effects.
Even though this album is perhaps more ''chopped up'' into different songs (and four separate ''chapters'' like in the book) it flows together nicely as do the rest of his albums and the songs are great to listen to. There is a diverse range of styles. Bottom line: It may be different and more diverse from many of his previous albums, with many different instruments and sound effects in addition to his harp, but ''Book of Roses'' is another must-have Vollenweider album. .
Andreas Vollenweider about ''Book Of Roses'': .
''My affinity for mystical themes has always been a source of inspiration for my musical work. On ''Book of Roses'' I tried to connect the earthy elements of ethnic music with the sonic depth of the symphonic sound body. The song ''Passage to Promise'' is based on a very special blend of energies. Shortly before the end of the horrible regime of apartheid, the South-African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo visited me in Switzerland and we spent a wonderful time in the studio. Our jam sessions led to this song, which carries the spirit of a positive departure for South Africa. Joseph Shabalala sings of the power of forgiveness, of promises and responsibility.''
|Genre: Contemporary Instrumental|
|Run Time: 47:59 mins|
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