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3.91 | 17 ratings | 2 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

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1. Adagio from "Concierto de Aranjuez" (Joaquin Rodrigo) (5:55)
2. Nightwings (Claus Ogerman) (4:50)
3. Modinha (Heitor Villa-Lobos) (5:34)
4. Espanoleta (Gaspar Sanz) (5:05)
5. Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (Maurice Ravel) (6:46)
6. Love Remembered (Jan Akkerman) (3:35)
7. The Seed of God (from "Magdalena") (Heitor Villa-Lobos) (5:39)
8. Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 (Heitor Villa-Lobos) (5:47)

Total Time 43:29


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Line-up / Musicians

- Jan Akkerman / Guitars
- Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen / bass
- Claus Ogerman / arrangements and orchestra direction

Releases information

LP CBS 81843 (1978, Netherlands)
LP CBS 81843 (1978, UK)
LP CBS SBP 237174 (1978, Australia)

CD CBS CDCBS 26612 (1985, Netherlands)
CD CBS CDCBS 26612 (1985, Japan)
CD Columbia 4947592 (1999, Netherlands, entitled "Collage", different cover)
CD BGO Records BGOCD835 (2009, UK)

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(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
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Review by friso
4 stars Jan Akkerman and Claus Ogerman's 'Aranjuez' (1978) is defenitely among the most beautiful records in my collection. Claus Ogerman arrangemends for orchestra are moody, mysterious and stylish. He can easily switch between peacefull and darker atmospheres or between bombastic and fragile environments.

All pieces are symphonic with a modern classical music feel with loads of interesting harmonies, making this interesting for progressive rock listeners. All tracks have slow, soulful pace. As a listener of Frank Sinatra's all ballad string albums (I warmly recommend 'No Once Cares' and 'Only The Lonely'), I almost feel like this could almost have been a Frank Sinatra record - which is not too far from the truth since Claus Ogerman has also written arrangments for the Voice.

The guitar of Jan Akkerman have never sound more emotional engaging, more sensitive and well performed. His jazz guitar with a slight distortion is recorded beautifully and reminds us of moviesoundtracks of dessert and western movies. Great phrasing and storytelling. I wish this side of Akkerman would have been more prominent in his carrere.

Conclusion. Beautiful, relaxing and soulfull music for when the sun is down. Four stars, warmly recommended.


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4 stars Jan Akkerman collaborates with composer/arranger Claus Ogerman to produce this beautifully recorded and brilliantly arranged guitar and Orchestra project which features compositions from Rodrigo, Ravel, Villa Lobos as well as one composition each from Akkerman and Ogerman. Don`t expect a Miles Da ... (read more)

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