In The Garden Of Pharao / Aguirre
Celestial Harmonies, LP 1983
01. Aguirre (6:15)
02. In The Gardens Of Pharao (17:34)
03. Vuh (19:51)
04. Spirit Of Peace (20:46)
Early 80’s CD compilation of songs from 2 separate Popol Vuh releases (In den Gärten Pharaos and Aguirre). The fourth track ‘Spirit of Peace’ (not to be confused with an earlier Popol Vuh LP of the same name) is a 20min solo piano opus recorded specifically for this release in 1983. This is one of the most beautiful pieces of minimal piano ever… even Harold Budd’s sublime oeuvre doesn’t tap into the sheer desolate emotion Florian Fricke channels here. Listen closely in the 3rd movement and you can make out Florian’s voice softly singing along as he plays, whispered prayers, a hidden hymn. Incomparable, and utterly essential.