DVD #1 - The concert: Live At Loreley 18th July 2008
- Alberich [24:56]
- Loreley [39:35]
- Wotan [10:03]
- Wellgunde [14:56]
- Nothung [11:20]
- Documentary "The Real World of Klaus Schulze" [1:05:00]
- Interview "A conversation with Steven Wilson and Klaus Schulze" [55:00]
- Region code: 0
- Language: English & German
- Subtitles: English
- Sound: 5.1 Dolby Digital & 2.0 Stereo
- Discformat: DVD-9
- Runtime: DVD #1=approch. 109 min., DVD #2=approch. 130 min.
The DVD version of "Rheingold" contains the entire concert at "Loreley" (but without the track "Nibelungen", available as a bonus track on the CD version only) on DVD1 (109 minutes) and a special documentary on DVD2 (118 minutes) plus a 6 page booklet.
Klaus Schulze - EMU K4 Masterkeyboard & Sampler - Roland JD 800 - EMS Synth A - Minimoog (Bj 1968) (w/ Moog Filterpedal + TC Electronic distortion Stompbox) - Moog Voyager - Waldorf Wave - Roland Digital Mixing Desk, Mackie 19" Mixing Desk, Reverbs, Roland RSP 550 Delays - Quasimidi Polymorph Synths - Quasimidi Rave-o-lution 309 Drummachines - Access Virus A -
Lisa Gerrard - vocals on 'Loreley' & 'Wellgunde'
On the 18th July 2008 Klaus Schulze played at the 'Night Of The Prog III' festival an extraordinary concert on the Open Air Stage 'Loreley' in St. Goarshausen, Germany. With the Australian singer Lisa Gerrard, Klaus had a very special guest with him. Lisa refined the tracks 'Loreley' and 'Wellgunde' with her unique voice.
This concert was filmed to become Klaus Schulze first DVD release. The DVD with the title 'Rheingold' is going to be released around middle of November 2008.
Last August Schulze and his sound ingenieur Tom Dams worked at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios to fixing the 5.1 Mix. Klaus also did an exclusive interview with Steve Wilson from Porcupine Tree, which will be part of the bonus material for the DVD.
2008. Press Information
With many of you talking about Klaus Schulze, nothing has been said about his new DVD Rheingold, featuring Lisa Gerrard, recorded in July this year.
This is Klaus at his best with stunning soundscapes of quite astounding beauty, layered with control only the master can convey live, add the ethereal vocals of Lisa Gerrard and your in heaven. Quality of the DVD is excellent, 5.1 Dolby digital, offering dynamic and powerful sounds on a good hi fi setup.
If your a Schulze fan it comes highly recommended.
2008. Mick (TheED)
Klaus Schulze needs no introduction. This pioneer of electronic music is well known throughout the world. After recovering from is serious illness a few years ago, he is performing live after an hiatus of over 5 years and he is still making albums as well as supervising all the re-releases of his older albums. Lisa Gerrard is known from her work in Dead Can Dance and performed with Schulze before on his last album Farscape.
Upon the warm welcome Schulze receives from the audience at the Loreley festival (July 18th, 2008), Schulze expresses his gratitude that he’s able to perform live again.
Schulze starts off solo with Alberich a long track, opening very gentle and subsequently adding his characteristic sequences and rhythm patterns. On top of that some slow melodies. Not always the movements of his hands seem to be matching all the different sounds coming from the impressive amount of machinery, built up around and behind the artist. That machinery, samples, loops, computers and delays are responsible for that of course but as ‘not insider’ it’s still kind of strange there is so much music coming from so little physical effort. The Loreley features the vocals by Lisa, expressing a wide range and dynamics with her voice. The performance consists of mere improvisation and while the sequencers are pounding, Schulze creates the perfect ambiance for Lisa. In the second part the sequences fade away and it’s mainly vocals and only some distant sounds created by Klaus but he didn't even have to put his finger on his mouth, as he did occasionally, to prevent the audience to make too much noise, because the crowd was already listening intensely in spite of the minimalistic sounds. A bit too ‘minimalistic’ for my taste, however.
Roaring sounds, a lot of sequencer and leads (the Moogsystem not always in harmony with the background) plus a nicely hammering rhythm in the third track Wotan. Klaus playing his Moog brings the audience into ecstasy. Lisa returns with a solo performance in Wellgunde, Klaus joining her a bit later with smooth orchestrations. The vocals and the keyboards are not in harmony every step of the way as could be expected from improvisation and although the atmosphere is superb, it’s not my cup of tea. The whole performance of course is fairly static so from a spectator’s point of view, the show is very sober. The ambiance is great, the atmosphere is superb and the light show is tasteful but sober.
As an encore, Klaus plays Nothung, a genuine masterpiece in the very best Schulze tradition: nice sequences, crystal clear sounds, fine melodies and a solid rhythm.
The extra studio track Nibelungen (another referral to Schulze’s hero Richard Wagner) is not available on the promotional copy, so it could not be reviewed. This piece of music is probably well worth listening to, as it is over 31 minutes.
Dics 2 contains ‘the real world of Klaus Schulze’; this is a documentary about Schulze and his crew working on the remix of the Rheingold concert in the "Real World Studio" in England. In between Schulze tells tales about his past, he checks out the studio and it’s huge mixing facilities and awesome surround system. He also explains why and how he and Lisa Gerrard got in touch. In the long interview (over an hour) with Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson, Schulze talks about his views on music, how his records came to be and about the technological developments and the way these have influenced his music and career. Both artists agree the seventies were by far the most interesting years with regard to creativity and originality and that the record labels in those days were mostly led by dedicated people with a genuine interest in music, unlike most companies nowadays.
This DVD (or double live cd) is obviously a must for Schulze and/or Gerrard fans. Not anyone would forgive the Moog to be slightly out of tune and not everyone will be blown away by Gerrard’s voice and though there are some superb sequences, I'd suggest all those not too familiar with Schulze’s music to listen before buying.
7 out of 10
Menno von Brucken Fock