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July 1, 2013

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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)

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Press Quotes

(5 stars) 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

(4 stars) 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

There are some thrilling moments...the Hank Marvin-esque bravura Rypdal solo 'My Music Reaches to the Sky' with the coiled power of the orchestra in accompaniment, and the Hilliards as inscrutable as ever here singing Native American texts.

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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Key Value
Catalogue number 3729504
Barcode 0602537295043
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 114g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 143mm x 11mm x 128mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Melodic Warrior op.79: Awakening 03:05
2. Easy Now 04:30
3. Song Of Thunders 02:54
4. The Secret File 05:48
5. My Music Reaches To The Sky 04:25
6. But Then Again 03:39
7. A Prayer 06:13
8. Magician Song 09:16
9. The Morning Star 04:09
10. And The Sky Was Coloured With Waterfalls And Angels op.97: I 06:59
11. II 07:01
12. III 07:50
13. IV 05:30