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KRYPTOS

Andreas Vollenweider

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Domus Cordis: Fathers Tree, The Painted Gate (4:12)
2. Morgana Palace (3:52)
3. Hermes' Wedding (3:02)
4. Under The Trees Of Hope (4:08)
5. Passionata (5:53)
6. Wanja The Wanderer (Concerto For Harp & Orchestra) (6:35)
7. Bhambororo! (1:43)
8. Forest Folks (5:07)
9. Quendel And Rhomas (4:16)
10. Trigon: East Of Time, Missa Obscurra, South Of Time (6:59)
11. May Green Be The Grass... (6:15)
12. Circus Finalis: Return Of The Heroes, The Heroes' Telling (3:11)

Total time 55:13

Bonus Tracks on 2005 remaster:
13. Light Dance (2:39)
14. Hey You! Yes, You... (3:12)

Bonus Videos on 2005 remaster:
15. Introducing Kryptos
16. Introducing Vox

Line-up / Musicians

- Andreas Vollenweider / harp, cheng, ocarina (1), soprano sax (3), keyboards (4,10), flutes (6,8,10), Aeolian bamboo (7), Classical guitar & erhu (8), accordion (8), organ (8,10,11), Balinese (1,3,12) & Chinese (3) percussion, vocals, composer, arranger & producer

With:
- La Cantapella Helvetica / chorus vocals (1,12)
- Christoph Cajöri / conductor
- Symphonic Orchestra Zurich (1,3,6,12)
- Daniel Schweizer / conductor
- Saynho Namtchilak / vocals (2)
- Carlo Milan / vocals (2)
- Claudia Boggio / vocals (3)
- Walter Keiser / snare (2), percussion (3,4,6-8,12), drums (4,8,10), frame drums (11)
- Jürg Zurmühle / shakuhachi (2)
- Leonard Eto / daiko drums & chappa cymbal (2)
- The Kroandalien Ballet / body percussion
- Mindy Jostyn / violin (4,11), harmonica (4), mandolin (11), vocals (4,8,11)
- Eberhard Hahn / penny whistle (4), bamboo flute & vocals (11)
- Daniel Pezzotti / cello (4,6,8,10)
- Kroandalien Symphony & Choir (4,8)
- Daniel Binelli / bandoneon (5)
- Matthias Ziegler / flute (6)
- Roman Schmid / English horn (6), oboe (6,8)
- Joseph Shabalala / lead vocals (7)
- Ladysmith Black Mambazo / chorus vocals (7)
- Peter Kaiser / bass (8)
- Helmut Lipsky / violin (9)
- Michael Brecker / tenor saxophone (10)
- Ivan Conti / berimbau & congas (10)
- Thomas Fessler / acoustic & electric guitars (10)
- The Monks of the San Quixote Monastery (10)

Releases information

Artwork: Düde Dürst

CD Colomba ‎- CD 897-01 (1997, Switzerland)
CD Kinkou Music ‎- KIN 17542 (2005, US) Remastered with 2 bonus tracks plus 2 videos

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Review by kenethlevine
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4 stars After the questionable vocal tangent of "Eolian Minstrel", ANDREAS VOLLENWEIDER leaned heavily on his aces for this 1997 release, where voice when present is more for complementing his delicate palate. But this is far from a restatement of his earlier successes, as any examination of the shoulder length credits would reveal.

"Kryptos" veers resolutely into the orchestral man-cave of the Vollenweider estate. Sure, the first true composition is the familiar sounding and downright catchy "Morgana Palace", but this time around the victors are the Celtic infused symphonic gems like the breathtaking "under the Tree of Hope", the guided travelogue "Wanja the Wanderer", the whimsical and rambunctious "Forest Folk", the most overtly progressive "Trigon" (with show stealer Michael Brecker on sax), and the OLDFIELD inspired "May Green be the Grass".

All the while the listener is faced with an essential quandary at the core of this man's music. Is he just a "nervous composer" as some have suggested, flitting petulantly between attention starved themes, or is he not a composer at all in the "classical" sense, but just a "player" for those with no formal musical knowledge or appreciation? The true answer is an amorphous third option hidden in stark view on "Kryptos", in which his perfectionism achieves a brightness that can only make one squint with awe and delight.

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