Sven Väth ‎– The Harlequin - The Robot And The Ballet-Dancer

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'To achieve the maximum impact of this music the author recommends: listen to this... from the beginning to the end - without interruption!'

This is the original release in a Digipak, later re-released packaged in a normal CD case.

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  • Barcode (Text): 7 4509-97534-2 9
  • Barcode (Scanned): 745099753429
  • Matrix / Runout: 450997534-2 WME
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L011
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0505
  • Label Code: LC 6450
  • Rights Society: gema/biem
  • Price Code: WE: 833

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April 12, 2017
Sven (and Ralf) made some beautiful music and quite often the cover artwork did a dis-service. I remember avoiding this album back in the day mainly because of the cover which is swallow I know but seriously this and a few others around the same time were awful. However having picked this up randomly recently I regret not listening to it first before passing judgement back in 94. There are some great ambient tracks and the "trance" tracks actually haven't dated as badly as most from the same time. Glad I gave it a chance in the end.


December 28, 2007

A milestone in electronic music history. Sven Väth together with Ralf Hildenbeutel shows with this album ones more her musical talent and visions of the future of this sound! Next to 'An Accident In Paradise' reflects this album Sven's influence from his trip to Goa (India), especially in 'Harlequin's Meditation'! For me the best album from Sven Väth and one of the best in the trance/ambient genre! i recommend everyone to listen 'The Harlequin - The Robot And The Ballet-Dancer' over headphones!


July 22, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
This record was slaughtered when it was released, not because of the music, but because of the concept behind it. If Sven had put the record out in a more lowkey sleeve, I'm sure this would have been hailed as one of the defining releases of the year 1994. It's a marked improvement over his previous effort, "An Accident In Paradise". Tracks like "Harlequin - The Beauty And The Beast" and the Ballet-Fusion suite must rate among the best ever tunes released in the trance genre.

I agree that the sleeve artwork and the concept behind the album is bad taste, but I find it sad that a record is judged only by it's cover as the music it features is top notch.


July 14, 2007
edited over 11 years ago

Rich with texture and diversity like many of Sven Vaths albums although this for me is his best work. I wouldnt go as far to say this album is trance because it defies many bounderies which shows how forward thinking and innovative he was at the time, However I would go as far to say this as an album is one of those beautiful timeless classics.


March 28, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Once upon a time this Sven Väth did some really awesome music. It was innovative, experimental but still very emotional. Both his trance-and ambient-songs on both "An accident in paradise" and "the harlequin - the robot and the ballet-dancer" are nothing but awesome. I haven't heard anything like it, at least not from that time!
Sven Väth was a pioneer for the whole trance-scene, and the ambient-scene. To bad the stardom got him "mad". =/

Anyway, the climaxes of "Harlequin's meditation", "Ballet-fusion" and "Ballet-dancer" are three of the best moments ever in trance/ambient-history!

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