Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hölderlin - Hölderlins Traum (Germany 1972)

Hölderlin - Hölderlins Traum (Germany 1972, progressive folk)
[Also Known As: Hoelderlin].

Formed December 1970 , Wuppertal, Germany

* Nanny De Ruig (vocals),
* Christoph "Nops" Noppeney (violin, viola, piano, flute),
* Peter Käseberg (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals),
* Michael Bruchmann (drums, percussion),
* Jochen Grumbcow (cello, flute, acoustic guitar, piano, organ, Mellotron),
* Christian Grumbcow (guitars),
* Hans Bäär (bass, guitar)
* Peter Bursch (sitar, Track 03)
* Mike Hellbach (tablas, Track 03)
* Walter Westrupp (flute Track 05)

01. Waren wir (4:53)
02. "Peter" (2:52)
03. Strohhalm (2:20)
04. Requiem Für Einen Wicht (6:32)
05. Erwachen (4:20)
06. Wetterbericht (6:34)
07. Traum (7:20)
- Total Time: 34:51
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~ By: http://www.progarchives.com/
"Holderlins Traum" is the debut album of the German progressive folk band Hoelderlin. This is a great album! The whole album has a dreamy and pastoral atmosphere and everything is kept pretty low key. Acoustic guitars and a few percussion instruments dominate the album, often adorned with some keyboards (mellotron and organ) and other instruments like flutes, recorders, violin and sitars. The vocal performances are great, very calm and add to the atmosphere of the album. It is all sung in German and even though I am a native English speaker, this greatly adds to the feel of the album and is something I miss in later Hoelderlin albums. The album begins with a hypnotic melody that really sets the mood for the entire album: slightly dark but dreamy. The music is obviously very folkish but also looks to classical music for influence in their song arranements. The more conventional folk songs ,,Peter'' and "Strohhalm" are good, but the band really shines with their longer pieces like "Requiem Fur Einen Wicht," "Wetterbericht" and "Traum". These really show their true capabilities. I would highly recommend this album to anyone looking for good progressive folk music that is a little different than what you would expect.
~ By Arsillus (RYM).
First album by this German band who started off with progressive folk rock leanings. This is possibly their best album richly textured and with a gorgeous female vocal and stands up with the best of seventies Kraut Rock for its invention and sheer class. A ravishing album, very folk, acoustic and dreamy with nice, abundant female vocals. This is their best and unique highly recommended effort they made. Celestial and floating kraut / folk music whose approach can be compared with Broselmaschine, Emtidi and others. An eastern flavour is added by the use of the sitar, also a subtle jazzy guitar touch, mainly improvised for long solo interludes. Specials guests as Walter Westrupp, Peter Bursch contribute to make this album an inspired progressive rock item with many acoustic ingredients added in a kind of fusion style. Holderlins Traum is very fine for every prog folk lovers.
~ By freaky_lady.

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Hans Hund said...

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e said...

Holaaaaa muchas gracias por este excelente disco, me gustó tanto que hice una traducción (translation, Übersetzung) al español: