WALTER CHRISTIAN ROTHE
Let the night last forever
LP/CD, Groove Unlimited, 1985/2016
Belgian composer Walter Christian Rothe lived in the heart of the city of Brussels when he composed his classic album ‘Let the night last forever". Comprising of nine parts it tells the story of his love for the night in the city especially the loneliness of the early hours. Today the music is as compelling as it was thirty years ago thrusting the listener on a mood roller coaster.
The album kicks off dramatically with "Intro+Dawnfall" followed by the beautiful reflective sound painting of "The Next Leaf" both favourites of mine echoing Vangelis. The mood changes with the high energy "Tea-dance" and "Sahara" (used in the Belgian film C4) leading into the enigmatic "Death". "Radio" picks up the pace again with some great percussive and melodic elements followed by "Verena", a lush sounding romantic exploration.
"Hymne" creates a new atmosphere with traditional influences accentuated with sparse and dramatic sounding tympani crashes setting the mood for the album title track finale. The final title "Let the night last forever's" dramatic intro and melodic qualities brings the journey full circle. The magic blend of sounds and compositions offer many surprises for a remarkable album.
Note: This first cd album reissue is expanded with two bonus pieces: "KLEM Track" (from the 1986 KLEM Jubilee Mc) and the lovely mini-symphony "El Tiempo" (from the 1989 KLEM Jubilee cd).