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ENO, B. / LANOIS, D. / ENO, R.: Apollo (Cole, Icebreaker)

ENO, B. / LANOIS, D. / ENO, R.: Apollo (Cole, Icebreaker)

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2012

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Icebreaker

Ensemble

BJ Cole

Soloist

Icebreaker



Record Label
Cantaloupe

Genre:

Chamber


Classical

Total Time - 52:15
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ENO, B. / LANOIS, D. / ENO, R.: Apollo (Cole, Icebreaker)

     
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DANIEL LANOIS

1 

Signals

3:04
  Icebreaker Ensemble
     
 

BRIAN ENO

2 

Stars

7:58
  Icebreaker Ensemble
     
3 

Drift

2:58
  Icebreaker Ensemble
     
4 

An Ending (Ascent) I

3:49
  Icebreaker Ensemble
     
 

DANIEL LANOIS

5 

The Secret Place

2:58
  Icebreaker Ensemble
     
6 

Under Stars II

5:57
  Icebreaker Ensemble
     
 

BRIAN ENO

7 

Matta

3:55
  Icebreaker Ensemble
     
 

DANIEL LANOIS

8 

Deep Blue Day

4:00
 BJ Cole Soloist
     
 

BRIAN ENO

9 

Under Stars I

4:41
 BJ Cole Soloist
     
 

DANIEL LANOIS

10 

Silver Morning

2:26
 BJ Cole Soloist
     
 

ROGER ENO

11 

Weightless

4:13
 BJ Cole Soloist
     
12 

Always Returning

2:15
 BJ Cole Soloist
     
 

BRIAN ENO

13 

An Ending (Ascent) II

4:01
 BJ Cole Soloist


Engaged in an exploration between recorded electronic and live acoustic sound, the innovative 12-piece ensemble Icebreaker and renowned pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole present their "moving and sublime" performance of Brian Eno’s Apollo in a definitive and invigorating recording.

Widely regarded as Brian Eno’s best and most influential ambient album, Apollo was composed by Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois for Al Reinert’s 1983 documentary on the Apollo space missions, For All Mankind. Eno jokingly referred to it as an attempt to write "zero gravity country and western", since that was the astronauts’ preferred on-board listening and the long reverberations of the pedal steel guitar evoke the vast emptiness of space. Music from the album was also used in the movies 28 Days Later, Traffic, and Trainspotting.

Apollo, originally conceived and commissioned in 2009 by the Science Museum, London, commemorates the 40th anniversary of the moon landings. The original concept revolved around restoring a wordless film entirely accompanied by music and thus involved reimagining an electronic work for live performers. South Korean composer, Woojun Lee, achieved this through his arrangement, returning the music to its original conception: matching the mesmerizing beauty and tranquil mystery of images of the moon and Earth, the dizzying scale and humbling feat of engineering involved in taking people to the moon, and capturing the humor of the astronauts as they skitter about on the moon’s surface.

With support from Brian Eno, the recording of Apollo by Icebreaker with BJ Cole was completed following a series of sold out and highly acclaimed live performances of the piece, including the IMAX cinema at the Science Museum on July 20th and 21st 2009. Each performance is accompanied by NASA footage of the landing.

Apollo delivers 52 minutes of transcendently lovely music, mysterious soundscapes, eerie electronics and the sweet lilt of pedal steel guitar, a combination that feels almost as if it were the very sound of the cosmos itself.

 

"A lush, mesmerizing piece of music...Icebreaker’s new arrangement enhances the hypnotic, enveloping, raptly warm ambience of the original, giving it a more organic feel...Who is the audience for this? For one, the next generation of kids who’re just now discovering Floyd and the rest of the art-rock pantheon, along with anybody who was there for that stuff the first time around and who might have missed this - and for that matter, anyone looking for hypnotic, gently atmospheric music to get completely and absolutely lost in."

New York Music Daily -  A Brian Eno Classic Live in Concert


                 Album No 4 in the Top 10 Chart
"...a sumptuous reinterpretation of Eno’s ambient album about space (from the ’80s) lends it an earthier allure."

NY Daily News




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