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S1GNS OF L1FE - Branches in the Sky (CD/Digital Download)

 
S1GNS OF L1FE - Language of the Ancients (CD/Digital Download)

 
S1GNS OF L1FE - Pathways to Ascension (CD/Digital Download)

 
SABLED SUN - 2145 (CD/Digital Download)

 
RYUICHI SAKAMOTO - async (LP/CD/Digital Download)

 
SAMSA - The Laurentian Divide (cd-r)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO & MATHIAS GRASSOW - Ambessence -piano & drones- (cd)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO & MATHIAS GRASSOW - Cromo -piano & drones- (cd)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO & MAX CORBACHO - Bioma (cd)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO - Ad Libitum (cd-r)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO - Anthology (cd)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO - Auralspace (cd)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO - Clar0scuro (cd)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO - Inside Life (CD/Digital Download)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO - Piano Textures (cd)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO - Piano Textures 2 (cd)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO - Piano Textures 4 (CD/Lp/Digital Download)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO - Subliminal Pulse (cd)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO - The New Kingdom (cd)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO - Upon Contact Reworked (cd)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO - Urbs (CD/Digital Download)

 
BRUNO SANFILIPPO - Visualia (cd)

 
SANJIVA - Initiation (cd)

 
SANTé - Into Light (cd)

 
SATSUMA NIGHTMARE - Plugged (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
PAUL SAUVANET - Eleusis (cd)

 
PAUL SAUVANET - Nomad (cd)

 
PAUL SAUVANET - Time Dreaming (cd)

 
PAUL SAUVANET - Tristesse (cd)

 
PASCAL SAVY - Liminal (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
PASCAL SAVY - The Endless Seasons (cd-r)

 
PASCAL SAVY - The Silent Watcher (cd-r)

 
SAYER - 1st Encounter (cd)

 
SAYER - Random Access Melodies (cd/digital download)

 
SAYER - Time Travelers (Digital Download)

 
ALEXANDER SAYKOV - Cold Front (Digital Download EP)

 
ALEXANDER SAYKOV - Mistral (cd)

 
SCAMALL - A World behind the Silence (cd)

 
SCANN-TEC - Facial Memories (CD/Digital Download)

 
SCANN-TEC - Unyt (CD/Digital Download)

 
ARJEN SCHAT - Infinite Arithmetics (Digital Download)

 
SCHILLER - Atemlos (cd)

 
SCHILLER - Atemlose Klangwelten (cd)

 
SCHILLER - Die Einlassmusik 10 (CD)

 
SCHILLER - Die Einlassmusik 6 (cd)

 
SCHILLER - Die Einlassmusik 8 & 9 (cd)

 
SCHILLER - Horizon (cd/Digital Download)

 
SCHILLER - Lichtblick (Ltd. Super Deluxe Edition) (dvd & cd)

 
SCHILLER - Sehnsucht (cd/dvd)

 
SCHILLER - Sonne (DeLuxe Edition) (cd/Digital Download)

 
SCHILLER - Sonne Live (cd/Digital Download)

 
SCHILLER - Sonnenwelten (cd)

 
SCHILLER - Tag und Nacht (cd)

 
SCHILLER - Tal des Himmels (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHANNES SCHMOELLING - A Thousand Times (cd)

 
JOHANNES SCHMOELLING - A Thousand Times part 2 (cd)

 
JOHANNES SCHMOELLING - Early Beginnings (cd)

 
JOHANNES SCHMOELLING - Images and Memory (cd)

 
JOHANNES SCHMOELLING - The Zoo of Tranquility (cd)

 
JOHANNES SCHMOELLING - Time and Tide (cd)

 
ULRICH SCHNAUSS - A Long Way to Fall (cd)

 
ULRICH SCHNAUSS - A Strangely Isolated Place (cd/digital download)

 
ULRICH SCHNAUSS - Far away trains passing by (cd)

 
ULRICH SCHNAUSS - Goodbye (cd)

 
ULRICH SCHNAUSS - No Further Ahead Than Today (CD/Digital Download)

 
ULRICH SCHNAUSS - Quicksand Memory (Ep)

 
CONRAD SCHNITZLER - Conviction (cd)

 
PATRICK SCHOUTEN - Soul of the Mountain (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - 30 Years After (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Backspace (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Brain Voyager (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Computer Voice (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Cream (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Cygnus-A (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - D.MO Vol. 2 (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - D.MO Vol. 3 (Original Unreleased Recordings from t (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Dream Access (CD/Digital Download)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Esthétique (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Ferro Oxid (CD/Digital Download)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Flavour of the Past (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Floating Music (Lp/CD)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Galaxie Cygnus-A (Lp)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - New Frequencies Vol. 1 (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - New Frequencies Vol. 2 (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Paradise (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Paradise Edition 2014 (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Slow Motion (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Sphereware (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Taste it (cd)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - TimeWaves (CD)

 
ROBERT SCHROEDER - Velocity (CD)

 
KLAUS SCHULZE & GüNTER SCHICKERT - The Schulze-Schickert Session (Lp/cd)

 
KLAUS SCHULZE & LISA GERRARD - Dziekuje Bardzo (cd)

 
KLAUS SCHULZE & LISA GERRARD - Farscape (cd)

 
KLAUS SCHULZE & LISA GERRARD - Rheingold (dvd)

 
KLAUS SCHULZE - Are you Sequenced? (cd)

 
KLAUS SCHULZE - Kontinuum (cd)

 
KLAUS SCHULZE - Shadowlands (cd)

 
SCHöNWäLDER & ROTHE - Filter-Kaffee 101 (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
MARIO SCHöNWäLDER - Traum & Trauma (cd)

 
SEAMUS - Forever (cd)

 
SECONDFACE - Changes (Digital Download EP)

 
SECONDFACE - In the Distance (Digital Download)

 
SECONDFACE - Inspiring Silence (Digital Download)

 
SECONDFACE - Limitless 014 (Digital Download)

 
SECONDFACE - Minus Degrees (Digital Download)

 
SECONDFACE - Transitions (cd)

 
SECONDFACE - Vega Colony (cd)

 
SEETYCA - Lieder Zum Summen (cd)

 
SEETYCA - Nemeton (CD)

 
SEETYCA - The Luminous Deep (cd)

 
SEETYCA - Zwischenwelten (cd)

 
ERIK SEIFERT & JOSEF STEINBüCHEL - Softlock (USB-stick)

 
ERIK SEIFERT - Aotearoa (cd-r)

 
ERIK SEIFERT - Astronomical Unit (cd)

 
ERIK SEIFERT - Core (cd)

 
SELF OSCILLATE & PARALLEL WORLDS - World Adapter (CD/Digital Download)

 
SEMPERVIRENS - Dirge of the dying year (cd-r)

 
SENSORY ++ - Planet (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
SEQUENTIA LEGENDA - Amira (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
SEQUENTIA LEGENDA - Blue Dream (Digital Download)

 
SEREN FFORDD + OöPHOI - The Martian Chronicles (cd)

 
JONN SERRIE - And the Stars go with you (CD)

 
JONN SERRIE - Day Star (CD/Digital Download)

 
JONN SERRIE - Epiphany - Meditations on Sacred Hymnes (cd)

 
JONN SERRIE - Flightpath (cd)

 
JONN SERRIE - Midsummer Century (cd)

 
JONN SERRIE - Planetary Chronicles, Volume 1 (cd)

 
JONN SERRIE - Planetary Chronicles, Volume 2 (cd)

 
JONN SERRIE - Sunday Morning (cd-r)

 
JONN SERRIE - The Sentinel (CD/Digital Download)

 
JONN SERRIE - The Stargazer’s Journey (CD)

 
JONN SERRIE - Thousand Star (cd)

 
JONN SERRIE - Tingri (cd)

 
JONN SERRIE - Xlandia (cd)

 
DIRK SERRIES - The Origin Reversal (CD/Digital Download)

 
SHADED EXPLORER - Empatia (cd/Digital Download)

 
SHADES OF ORION - Shades of Orion (cd)

 
SHAPED SIGNS - Nature's Odyssey (cd)

 
MICHAEL SHIPWAY - Voyage to Venus (cd)

 
MARK SHREEVE - Collide (CD)

 
MARK SHREEVE - Nocturne (cd)

 
MARK SHREEVE - Thoughts of War (cd)

 
SIGMA - Between Here and There (Digital Download)

 
SIGMA - Binaural Beats (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
SIGMA - Sleep of the Shadow (Digital Download)

 
SIJ & SERGEY GABBASOV - Perseides (CD)

 
SIJ & SERGEY GABBASOV - Zhang Zhung (cd)

 
SILENTWAVE - Daiyuzan (cd)

 
SILENTWAVE - Kilauea (CD/Digital Download)

 
SINE AMPLITUDE - Hypnotized (CD/Digital Download)

 
SKARE - Solstice City (cd)

 
SKORNEG - Foehn (cd)

 
SKOULAMAN - Andros Awakenings (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
SKOULAMAN - Dreaming of the Future reflecting the Past (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
SKOULAMAN - Synthesizer Mood (cd-r)

 
JóZEF SKRZEK & PRZEMYSłAW RUDź - The Stratomusica Suite (CD/Digital Download)

 
SIMON SLATOR - Magellan (Digital Download)

 
SIMON SLATOR - Piano in the Rain (Digital Download)

 
SIMON SLATOR - The Lake (Digital Download)

 
SLEEPRESEARCH_FACILITY - Dead Weather Machine / Dead Weather Machine Re:Hea (cd)

 
SLEEPRESEARCH_FACILITY - Deep Frieze (cd)

 
SLEEPRESEARCH_FACILITY - Nostromo (cd)

 
SLEEPRESEARCH_FACILITY - Stealth (CD/Digital Download)

 
DON SLEPIAN - Sea of Bliss (cd-r)

 
JASON SLOAN - Deluge (cd)

 
JASON SLOAN - To Cross the River of Light (cd-r)

 
SLOW DANCING SOCIETY - Priest Lake Circa '88 (cd)

 
STEVE SMITH & THE TYLAS CYNDROME - Phoenix Arising (cd)

 
STEVE SMITH & THE TYLAS CYNDROME - Pools of Diversity (cd)

 
KELVIN L. SMITH - Reclining Music (cd-r)

 
KELVIN L. SMITH - The Dreaming Mind (cd-r)

 
JOHN SOBOCAN - A Soft Circle (CD)

 
SOFT NOTE - Music Book Vol. 2 (Digital Download)

 
SOLAR FIELDS - Altered (Second Movements) (cd)

 
SOLAR FIELDS - Blue Moon Station (cd)

 
SOLAR FIELDS - EarthShine (cd)

 
SOLAR FIELDS - Extended (cd)

 
SOLAR FIELDS - Leaving Home (cd)

 
SOLAR FIELDS - Movements (cd)

 
SOLAR FIELDS - Origin #1 (cd)

 
SOLAR FIELDS - Origin #2 (CD/Digital Download)

 
SOLAR FIELDS - Random Friday (CD/Digital Download)

 
SOLAR FIELDS - Reflective Frequencies (CD)

 
SOLAR FIELDS - Until we meet the Sky (CD/Digital Download)

 
SOLAR OCEAN - Enter Serenity (cd)

 
SOLITAIRE - Altered States (cd)

 
SOLITAIRE - Fearless (cd)

 
SOLITAIRE - Nocturnes (cd)

 
SOLITAIRE - Plains and Skies (cd)

 
MARTIN SOLóS - Coro de las Estrellas (Chorus of the Stars) (Digital EP)

 
SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT - Book of Love (cd)

 
SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT - Megacatz (cd)

 
SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT - The Last Gate (cd)

 
SOMNARIUM - The Fourth Presence (Digital Download)

 
SONIC ADVENTURE PROJECT - Exergonic (cd)

 
SONIC METRO - Six Degrees of Separation (cd-r)

 
SOUNDICIAN - Insects (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
SOUNDICIAN - L.S. (cd-r)

 
SOUNDICIAN - Memorophilia (cd-r)

 
SOUNDICIAN - Seven Sisters (cd-r)

 
SOUNDICIAN - Still (cd-r)

 
SOUNDICIAN - The Beauty is Knowing (cd-r)

 
SOUNDICIAN - The Speaking Earth (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
SOUNDICIAN - Tranquilicity (cd-r)

 
SOUNDICIAN - Wise Trees (Digital Download EP)

 
SPACE STATION - Transmission (Digital Download)

 
SPACECRAFT - Hummel (CD)

 
FRANK SPECHT - Sebastian im Traum (cd)

 
SPECTRAL LORE / UNDERJORDISKA - split (cd-r)

 
THE SPEED OF DARK - The “Dark Water” Edition (cd-r)

 
PAUL SPEER - Oculus (cd)

 
SPHäRE SECHS - Enceladus (CD/Digital Download)

 
SPHäRE SECHS - Tiefschlaf (cd)

 
SPIRALEYE - Ramelion (cd-r)

 
SPIRALEYE - Still (cd-r)

 
RENé SPLINTER - Frames (cd)

 
RENé SPLINTER - Modern Ruins (cd/digital download)

 
RENé SPLINTER - Singularities (cd)

 
RENé SPLINTER - Transit Realities (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
SPYRA - ADSR Remixed (CD Maxi)

 
SPYRA - Etherlands (cd)

 
SPYRA - Excerpts 1 (cd)

 
SPYRA - Gasoline 91 Octane (cd)

 
SPYRA - High Phidelity (cd)

 
SPYRA - January in June (cd)

 
SPYRA - Staub (CD/Digital Download)

 
SPYRA/LANG - Achtundsechzig 24 (Live@Toskana-Therme) (cd)

 
SPYRA/LANG - SeQuest (cd)

 
JUSTIN ST. VINCENT - The Spiritual Significance of Music (Book)

 
STAND ALONE COMPLEX - Music for Suicides (Digital Download)

 
JOHN STANFORD - Deep Space (CD)

 
JOHN STANFORD - TimeScapes (Official Soundtrack) (CD/Digital Download)

 
STAR SOUND ORCHESTRA - Kosmophonon (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
STARSEED TRANSMISSION - Metamorphic Illumination (cd)

 
STATIC FLUX - Minus (-) 6 (cd-r)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS & RON SUNSINGER - Singing Stones (cd)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS & RON SUNSINGER - Sorcerer (cd)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - Ancient Leaves (cd)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - Chronos (CD)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - Encounter (cd)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - Floating Whispers (cd)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - Lost World, The (cd)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - Lyra (Sound Constellation) (cd)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - Morning Jewel (cd)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - Music for the Dome (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - Planetary Unfolding (cd)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - Sacred Site (CD/Mc)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - Spirits of the Voyage (cd)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - Storm, The (cd)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - Sustaining Cylinders (cd)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - The Middle of Time (CD)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - The Soft Touch of Morning Light (Digital Download)

 
MICHAEL STEARNS - Within – The Nine Dimensions (cd)

 
STELLARDRONE - Light Years (Digital Download)

 
MATTHEW STEWART - A world bathed in sunlight (CD/Digital Download)

 
STILL LIFE - Volume Two (cd)

 
STOCKMAN - Future Science (cd-r)

 
SAUL STOKES - Washed in Mercury (cd/Digital Download)

 
STORMLOOP - Snowbound* (cd)

 
TIM STORY - Abridged (Selected Miniatures 1979-1988) (CD)

 
TIM STORY - Beguiled (cd)

 
TIM STORY - Glass Green (LP/CD/Mc)

 
TIM STORY - In Another Country (cd)

 
TIM STORY - Shadowplay (cd)

 
TIM STORY - The Perfect Flaw (CD)

 
TIM STORY - Wheat and Rust (LP/CD/Digital Download)

 
STRATOSPHERE - Rise (CD/Digital Download)

 
STRATOSPHERE WITH DIRK SERRIES - In A Place Of Mutual Understanding (cd/Digital Download)

 
STREAMLINE - Beyond the Horizon (cd-r)

 
MATTHEW STRINGER - The Second Sun (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
SUNYA BEAT - The Jelenia Gora Sessions (cd)

 
SURFACE 10 - Borrowed Time 2000 (cd-r)

 
SUSPENDED MEMORIES - Earth Island (cd)

 
SUSPENDED MEMORIES - Forgotten Gods (cd)

 
BEN SWIRE - From Here To There (cd)

 
SYLKEN - Dreamlife (cd-r)

 
SYLKEN - Illusions of Light (cd-r)

 
SYMATIC STAR - The Distance (Digital Download)

 
THE SYMPHONIC JEAN MICHEL JARRE - The Symphonic Jean Michel Jarre (cd)

 
SYN - Remnants (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
SYN - The Glass Bridge (Digital Download/CD-r)

 
SYN - Valles Marineris (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
SYNAESTHESIA - Desideratum (cd)

 
SYNAESTHESIA - Embody (CD/Digital Download)

 
SYNAESTHESIA - Ephemeral (cd)

 
SYNC24 - Ambient Archive [1996-2002] (Digital Download)

 
SYNC24 - Source (cd)

 
SYNC24 - [ Comfortable Void ] (CD/Digital Download)

 
SYNCHRONIZED - Galaxy (CD/Digital Download)

 
SYNCO - Evolution of Events (cd)

 
SYNDROMEDA - A Day in the Fields (cd)

 
SYNDROMEDA - The Twilight Conjunction (cd)

 
SYNDRONE - Being There (cd)

 
SYNDRONE - Blind Date (cd)

 
SYNERGY - Computer Experiments Vol. 1 (Lp/cd)

 
SYNESTEM - From Spaceports 3 (Digital Download)

 
SYNTH.NL - AeroDynamics (cd)

 
SYNTH.NL - Apollo (cd)

 
SYNTH.NL - AtmoSphere (cd)

 
SYNTH.NL - OceanoGraphy (cd)

 
SYNTHETIC BLOCK - Sonic Approach (cd)

 
SYNTHETIC BLOCK - Synthetic Block (cd)

 
SYNTHEX - Mirrorland (cd)

 
SYNTHEX - Pythagoras (cd-r)


KLAUS SCHULZE & LISA GERRARD
Rheingold
DVD, Synthetic Symphony/SPV, 2008
After their surprising strong album "Farscape", Klaus Schulze and Lisa Gerrard did a live concert on July 18th, 2008 at the "Night of the Prog III" on the open air stage "Loreley" in St. Goarshause, Germany.

The double-dvd "Rheingold" contains the full concert on the first disc in both 5.1 Dolby Surround and 2.0 Stereo, while the second dvd is commited to the documentary "The real world of Klaus Schulze". The latter e.g. gives a nice insight in how Lisa and Klaus met, how the two worked on the "Farscape" album, and most of all how Klaus and Tom Dams afterwards worked with others in the grand Real World studio on the surround mix for the live-dvd.
In addition, the second dvd features an interview Steven Wilson (from Porcupine Tree) did with Klaus Schulze. During the live concert, the expressive, vibrant, soft mourning voice of Lisa Gerrard graces two tracks, the 39-minute "Loreley" and the 14-minute "Wellgunde".

After shortly announcement by a fragile looking Klaus Schulze, the concert starts with the almost 25-minute "Alberich". Synth twitters lead into improvised, heavenly sounding vocal pads, peacefull yet expressive. After 10 minutes or so, a slow sequence shows up in the background,, which puts the piece in motion before Schulze briefly turns to his Mini Moog to extract rather harsh soundings from it. The first part of this track sure has my preference.

For the almost 40-minute "Loreley", Lisa joins Klaus on stage. After a lyrical start of flowing textural paintings, Lisa adds her powerful, mourning but wordless vocals. Sequencer and percussive patterns that realmed in the background are pushed to the foreground in the second part, as Klaus enthusiatically starts adding abstract, distracting and annoying sounds, fortunately only for a few minutes, after which Lisa’s takes over, turning the piece in a more enjoyable direction.
Another misplaced improvisation on Mini Moog follows before Klaus rounds out the track. A quiet passage of the two musicians follows, which is much more pleasant, as non-rhythmic synth pads with symphonioc hints nicely compliment Lisa’s sedate voice magic, venturing in ethereal, heavenly territory. This is very well done indeed.

"Wotan" is next, a Schulze solo piece.It’s a rather static sequencer/percussive dominated outing with rather freaky solo playing on the Mini Moog before things are winded down in an awfull experimental ending.

For me, the 15-minute "Wellgunde" is the stunning highlight on this release. Lisa starts out solo, Klaus steps in after a few minutes. This is a harmonious, simple but very effective improvisation with no missteps, beautifully showing one musician complementing (but also leaving space for) the other, with a nice "thunder" ending.

The encore is the 11-minute "Nothung", for which Klaus pulls out another bunch of sequences and percussion to which he adds lush, but minimal sounding and not that interesting improvisation. The variation here solely comes from the percussion.

Although it’s nice to see Klaus and Lisa live on stage, I miss the a certain amount of quality, intimacy and dreamy impact which was captured so nicely on "Farscape".
Next to this double-dvd, "Rheingold" is available as 2-dvd + 2-cd limited edition digipak, and double cd (of which the latter contains the 31-minute bonustrack "Nibelungen", which is not featured on the dvd-release).

Website: www.spv.de

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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