This 2013 ECM release brings together the talents of composer and guitarist Terje Rypdal, the Hilliard Ensemble, and the Bruckner Orchester Linz, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, in a performance of Rypdal's expansive tone poem, Melodic Warrior. Rypdal's sonorities incorporate dense, rumbling clusters with transparent vocal settings of Chippewa, Navajo, Pima, and Papago texts, underpinned by lush orchestral textures and embellished by Rypdal's soaring electric guitar lines. The effort is clearly ambitious and nearly overwhelming, with so many bands of sound overlapping the choral harmonies, in a montage of voices and instrumental textures that are in a constant state of flux. This piece is followed by another Rypdal work, And the Sky was Coloured with Waterfalls and Angels, performed by Sebastian Perlowski and the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, a compressed study of clusters composed under the influence of Ligeti and Penderecki. Melodic Warrior is perhaps most conveniently labeled as crossover, due to Rypdal's involvement in jazz and classical fields, but also because the target audience seems to be casual listeners who are flexible about categories and open to novel approaches. However, And the Sky was Coloured with Waterfalls and Angels is firmly in the experimental vein.
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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
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