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There’s nothing understated to guitarist Terje Rypdal’s orchestral collaboration with the Hilliard Ensemble, recorded in concert in 2003 with The Bruckner Orchestra Linz.
Rypdal’s guitar takes the lead role as a mythological Native-American warrior flitting shadow-like through the landscape, the Hilliards provide narrative and the orchestra deliver thunder and calm.
Rypdal’s writing, like his playing, is heavily referenced, but the ambitious piece hangs together well and the voices are lovely.
A second work, featuring the Wroclaw Philharmonic, was recorded in 2009, and errs on the bombastic.
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