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Since the early 1990s, Robert Fripp has utilised the latest in looping technology and digital effects to create Soundscapes, a gradually unfolding, highly textured, expansive and overtly symphonic music.
'The Wine of Silence' is the first album to feature orchestral arrangements of Fripp's groundbreaking work in this field.
Orchestrated by composer Andrew Keeling and performed by the Metropole Orkest, under the baton of Jan Stulen, the results of this inspired collaboration evoke the works of Part, Gorecki, Tavener and the 'holy minimalist' school of composition.
Andrew Keeling's sensitive and often startling orchestrations emphasise the reverie, passion and contemplation which is at the heart of Fripp's Soundscapes and capture the spirit of the original performances, reflecting the guitarist's rich musicality.
While sometimes sombre and elegiac, Fripp's music radiates a sense of hope, affirmation and resolution.
With the tapes of the Metropole Orkest performance subsequently 're-imagined' by David Singleton - co-producer of all of Fripp's Soundscapes recordings to date - 'The Wine Of Silence' comprises a sublime and moving collection of contemporary orchestral music.
"Their shimmering tonality encompasses luminous passages of yearning melody, turbulent percussive rumblings, glowering,
sepulchral brass undertows and achingly beautiful strings." - Sid Smith
1. Pie Jesu
2. Midnight Blue
3. Black Light
4. Miserere Mei
6. Pie Jesu
All compositions by Robert Fripp, except Black Light (Fripp, Singleton)
Requiescat and Miserere Mei (Fripp, Keeling, Singleton)
Orchestral arrangements by Andrew Keeling, transcriptions by Bert Lams
Recorded by DutchView on Saturday June 28th, 2003 at Paradiso, Amsterdam.
Mixed at MCO Studio 3
Recording and mixing engineer: Gert de Bruijn
Assistant recording engineers: Per van der Zande, Matthieu de Winkel, Bart Daatselaar, Dirk Overeem
Music supervisor: Gert Jan van den Dolder
Mixing consultants: Gert-Jan Blom, David Singleton
Live recordings produced by Gert-Jan Blom
Live recordings re-imaged by David Singleton
Mastered by Simon Heyworth and Robert Fripp at Super Audio Mastering, Chagford, Devon
A ToneProbe Production by David Singleton and Robert Fripp