The Wine of Silence is the first ever recording of orchestrations of Robert Fripp’s music. Since the early 1990s, Fripp has utilized the latest in looping technology and digital effects to create a gradually unfolding, highly textured, expansive and overtly orchestral music. In 2003,UK based composer, Andrew Keeling, completed work on a series of detailed orchestral arrangements of pieces taken from Fripp’s solo performances which had been painstakingly transcribed by Bert Lams (California Guitar Trio). The arrangements received their live premiere in The Netherlands by the Metropole Orkest under the baton of Jan Stulen in 2003, and the Metropole Orkest will give a performance inAmsterdamon the 6th of May, 2012.
Andrew Keeling’s sensitive and often startling orchestrations emphasize the reverie, passion and contemplation which is at the heart of Fripp’s soundscapes. The Wine of Silence captures the spirit of the original performances reflecting the guitarist’s rich musicality. It encompasses passages of yearning, melody, dramatic choral sequences and beautiful string motifs. While sometimes somber and elegiac, Fripp’s music radiates a sense of hope, affirmation and resolution. With the tapes of the original Metropole Orkest performance subsequently treated by David Singleton, co-producer of all of Fripp’s soundscapes recordings to date, The Wine of Silence forms a sublime and often moving collection of contemporary orchestral music.