Album review: “Eolian Minstrel” by Andreas Vollenweider

15 06 2011

I have been a fan of Swiss harpist Andreas Vollenweider for a long time. The first of his albums I heard was “Down to the Moon”, from 1986. His albums from the 1980s, in particular, are all musical masterpieces, combining the sound of his electra-acoustic harp (essentially, an amplified harp, with which he can add effects to the harp’s sound) with a variety of other instruments, including wordless vocals.

But it wasn’t until 1993’s “Eolian Minstrel” that Vollenweider, for the first time, presented music that included songs with lyrics, in addition to a few purely instrumental pieces. This is a beautiful collection of music.

On many of the songs, the vocals are provided by folk singer Eliza Gilkyson (Vollenweider also provides some vocals, himself), with one song, “Private Fires”, with vocals provided by legendary singer Carly Simon.

What makes this album stand out for me is that it was in support of Eolian Minstrel that Vollenweider toured Canada, and I was able to see him in concert. Wonderful show!

While, as I said before, Andreas Vollenweider’s earlier albums are masterpieces. Eolian Minstrel stands out as a masterpiece for me too, because it was the first time we heard songs with lyrics by Vollenweider. If you’re looking for something a little different in your music, check this album out!

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15 06 2011
Christine Taylor

*added to my music list* Thanks for the tip!

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