After the big success of "Flossenengel", the album "Augenblicke" ("Moments") came up with several significant changes. Novalis' drummer Hartwig Biereichel recalls: "The album 'Flossenengel' was a concept album with singular tracks that were yet intertwined in one complete work of art. We were a progressive rock band that used to roll out the long passages of a song consciously. Nonetheless we also had very compressed songs that have been much fun, too. That was the point when we noticed that for us the time of long improvised tracks was over. We simply felt that we wanted to become more catchy - and you can hear that on the album 'Augenblicke': concise coherent songs that were perfect for airplay…"
"Patricia Pagny's profound understanding and masterful command of the music by Robert and Clara Schumann, including frequent performances of their piano concertos, forms one of the pillars of her artistic repertoire…"
During the mid-seventies, the Hamburg-based band Novalis established themselves as leaders in the field of German-language romantic rock. The quartet called itself Novalis after the most important German poet of early romanticism. They created a rock music of poetic, lyrical with german lyrics and instrumental beauty. Their music, a heavy organ rock, was compared to the sounds of bands such King Crimson and Pink Floyd. They released a few albums of lush, keyboard-dominant prog rock during the seventies. The keyboards created majestic layers on which the guitar builds airy melodies…
"Located in Bern, Switzerland, the Camerata Bern was founded in 1963 by musicians as a flexible chamber orchestra without a conductor. The Camerata Bern performs early Baroque to contemporary classical music. The group tours extensively worldwide and has released several CDs." ~wikipedia
During the mid-seventies, the Hamburg-based band Novalis established themselves as leaders in the field of German-language romantic rock. Starting with heavily organ-accentued art rock a-la King Crimson (and on their debut, "Banished Bridge", including English lyrics), Novalis later developped their own unique style, a mixture of progressive, classic, folk and rock.
Excellent addition to any rock music collection.
NOVALIS will once again modify its line-up by adding a new singer, the Austrian FRED MUHLBOCK! Why, I don't know as, for me, DETLEF JOB was doing a great job singing on SOOMERABEND. Not that MUHLBOCK is a bad singer, but I don't think he is an improvement over JOB at all. Detlef JOB sang with emotion and power, not the case with the new one. Also MUHLBOCK not only sing, but also write songs which are not exactly in the style from the earlier albums. So with parts of BRANDUNG being more mainstream rock than the magical odysseys we had with s/t NOVALIS and SOMMERABEND, we know it was the end of an era for NOVALIS.
Essential: A masterpiece of progressive rock music.
Without a room of doubt the best symphonic rock band from Germany, next come Wallenstein and Grobschnitt. This self title album presents a high musical level, simply equal to "Banished Bridge" and "Sommerabend".
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
I should've tried NOVALIS much sooner, "Sommerabend" has became my first dive in to one of Germany's top prog rock bands. The band was smart to sing in their native tongue, avoiding many of the criticisms of other German bands singing in English, such as GROBSCHNITT or ELOY.