Lisa Gerrard / Klaus Schulze

Dziekuje Bardzo [DVD]

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When Klaus Schulze first performed in Poland in 1983, the country was still under communism. But when the German keyboardist/synthesizer wizard performed in Warsaw 25 years later in 2008, things had changed considerably. Communism was long gone from Poland and other Eastern European countries, and there was a lot more musical freedom to be found in Warsaw than there had been in the early '80s. Schulze's 2008 appearance in Warsaw is documented on Dziekuje Bardzo, a live DVD that was filmed at Warsaw's Bazylika Ojców Salezjanów on November 13 of that year ("dziekuje bardzo" means "much thanks" in Polish). Three extended pieces are performed on this DVD, two of which feature Australian singer Lisa Gerrard (known for her years with Dead Can Dance). Gerrard joins Schulze on "Godspell" and "Bazylika NSJ," while the instrumental "Shoreless Two" finds him playing the Mini-Moog unaccompanied. The expressive Gerrard's presence is a major plus, but with or without her, Schulze maintains a haunting, meditative atmosphere throughout this Warsaw concert. Schulze is clearly going for musical hypnosis, and he achieves it on "Shoreless Two," as well as on the two selections that feature Gerrard. Dziekuje Bardzo, it should be noted, is not Schulze's first musical encounter with Gerrard; the two of them joined forces on 2008's Farscape (a studio recording) and on Rheingold: Live at the Loreley (a two-DVD/two CD-set documenting a concert in St. Goarshausen, Germany on July 18, 2008 -- only four months before Dziekuje Bardzo was filmed). It isn't hard to understand why Schulze enjoys working with Gerrard; her vocals (which have been influenced by European classical music as well as by European folk) are perfect for this type of ambient electronica. Dziekuje Bardzo has its excesses -- the pieces last longer than they need to -- but all things considered, this is a highly rewarding document of Schulze's return to Warsaw.