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DVD/Video, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1

1. Alberich 24:56
2. Loreley (with Lisa Gerrard) 39:35
3. Wotan 10:03
4. Wellgunde (with Lisa Gerrard) 14:56
5. Nothung 11:20

Disc 2

The Documentary:
The Real World Of Klaus Schulze

The Interview:
Steven Wilson Meets Klaus Schulze

Line-up / Musicians

- Klaus Schulze / all instruments
- Lisa Gerrard / vocals

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Review by Queen By-Tor
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Stuffed to the brim!

Progressive Electronic is, in a word, not for everyone. The spacey sounds and loops of synthesizers have been known to bore some listeners to tears while others become totally entranced in the music and lose themselves for the next month and a half in a composition. Depending on which category you fall into there will determine how much you will enjoy this DVD set. Klaus Schulze is considered to be a pioneer of the genre, and though his discography is massive there's still a number of albums that have been held high as 'classics' since their inception in the 70s. He remains to be one of the most seminal instrumentalists around and in the progressive realms is known just as widely as Rick Wakeman or Frank Zappa. Having been off the stage for 5 years, the Loreley concert is not only a return to the audiences, but also an opportunity to perform with recent collaborative vocalist Lisa Gerrard in this operatic, electronic performance.

Even if you're not into the sequencer music, you have to admit that Schulze is a wonder to watch live. The man spends the entirety of his two hours on stage surrounded by keyboards, oscillators, moogs and the like - and the way he can construct a song from nothing to be a huge, intricate composition is truly awe inspiring. He'll move around a make a whole bunch of adjustments to every device around him and before you know it the song sounds like it could be played by a 10-person band while Schulze sits in the middle of it all and hammers away at the keyboard some more. While the majority of the compositions are impressive, not all of them are completely memorable the entire way through, although being such lengthy compositions that is doubtfully the point, although the best songs on the set list are really the more 'catchy' ones. Wotan is especially of note, it's heavy and punchy and adds some needed edge between the other more mythical tracks. Of course the behemoth tracks like Alberich and Nothung are also of note in their development throughout, especially for those people who enjoy electronic music to drone out to.

Lisa Gerrard is a very welcome addition to the cast as well. Her semi-improvisational approach to the opera style vocals puts a twist into things and helps make the 35-minutes of the somewhat-title-cut, Loreley be very enjoyable. Her performances aren't exactly ''over the top'', but she is also impressive to watch while she works her magic because it's hard to even imagine the immense amount of training and practice behind those vocal chords.

The second disc of the DVD set is all the extras. This part is likely more appreciable of fans to Schulze and fellow musicians who want to talk tech. The documentary part of the disc is mostly behind the scenes of the mixing and editing of the concert itself and also features a lengthy interview with Klaus dealing with Lisa, the concert, equipment and him in general. The interview on the disc features a lengthy talk between Klaus and Porcupine Tree frontman, Steven Wilson (a long time fan of Schulze) as they talk about Klaus's music, career and equipment. The second disc is a little less flashy in terms of production, likely due to the fact that they were given less of a budget than the actual concert recording (which is just fine, since the concert is the main focus anyways), and the few sound and visual buzzes are excusable given their documentary style approach. There is one segment during Klaus's interview where his lav mic starts rubbing his shirt and the noise almost drowns out what he's saying, but since you'll probably have the subtitles on anyways (unless you speak German), this is not too much of a problem.

Slickly produced and well shot, the concert should please any fan - and coupled with the bonus content they're going to be in for quite a treat. If you're a fan of Schulze then this is definitely a worthy investment for your collection. People who are a little hesitant about the world of progressive electronic may find this as a nice starting point as the music is top notch and even accessible in some spots, and you actually do get a much bigger appreciation for this type of music while you're watching the lone wolf in action creating these massive soundscapes. In the end this is an excellent addition to any progressive music collection, and 4 stars out of 5. Very nice.

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