Andreas Vollenweider (born 4 October 1953) is a Swiss harpist, who is generally categorised as a new-age musician and uses a modified, electroacoustic harp of his own design. Vollenweider’s style has been described by the New York Times as “swirling atmospheric music, which evokes nature, magic and fairy tales”.
Artist: Andreas Vollenweider
Title: Behind The Gardens, Behind The Wall, Under The Tree
Label: CBS Records
Vollenweider was discovered by the German record-producer and manager Vera Brandes, who oversaw the release of Behind the Gardens – Behind the Wall – Under the Tree…. through her VeraBra Records. The album was distributed through CBS Records International and reached 32 in the German album charts in March 1982.
Behind the Gardens is a studio album by new-age artist Andreas Vollenweider, released in 1981. It is almost entirely instrumental, and centers on Vollenweider on harp.
While not literally Vollenweider’s first album, Behind the Gardens is widely regarded as such because it was his breakthrough album, gaining him wide recognition. The earlier and more obscure Eine Art Suite in XIII Teilen (A sort of Suite in 13 Parts), 1979, remains available chiefly online, while Behind the Gardens can still be readily found in music stores worldwide.
The contemplative and moving second track, “Pyramid,” is a favorite of fans and has become a concert staple, always garnering applause when the first harp notes are played.
The full title of the first album is “Behind the Gardens-Behind the Wall-Under the Tree…” The ellipsis at the end suggests a continuation. The full title of the next album is “Caverna Magica (…Under the Tree – In the Cave…)” The first ellipsis, followed by the repetition of “Under the Tree” from the first album title, clearly indicates a continuation.
1. Behind The Gardens – Behind The Wall – Under The Tree (7:15)
2. Pyramid – In The Wood – In The Bright Light (8:46)
1. Micro – Macro (3:47)
2. Skin And Skin (3:25)
3. Moonlight, Wrapped Around Us (1:03)
4. Lion And Sheep (3:56)
5. Sunday (2:00)
6. Afternoon (0:43)
7. Hands And Clouds (2:19)