The Climber

The Climber CD cover

The Climber is Judge’s second Songstory and is vocal music, sung by Judge and a male-voice choir, accompanied only by a Double Bass.

A British mountaineer tells of his first visit to an unnamed resort in the Italian Alps, for a climbing holiday, sometime in the mid-Twentieth Century. He is a repressed and lonely man whose passion is reserved for the solitude of the high alpine snowfields, and his romantic and emotional view of a mountain as something to be wooed and conquered, is contrasted with the pragmatic and matter-of-fact attitudes of the local community, represented by the Choir, for whom the mountains are simply beautiful but potentially dangerous places of work.

His priggishness and essential coldness are contrasted with the warmth and friendliness of the locals, and contrasts of warmth and coldness, both physical and emotional, form a continuing theme of the piece.

The Climber is not easy to describe. It’s neither ‘Classical Music’ nor ‘Easy-listening Choral Music’. Despite the absence of  guitars and drums, Judge himself sees it as being another aspect of his kind of rock’n’roll, with its emphasis on big tunes and insistent rhythms. Like most of Judge’s music, it’s in a category of its own.

The Climber CD comes in a high-quality ‘Super Jewel Case’ with a twenty-page illustrated booklet which includes the full text, and, as a ‘Bonus Track’, the CD concludes with a six-minute audio ‘trailer’ for Judge’s next album, his third Songstory, ‘Orpheus’.

The Climber, Judge’s second Songstory, is released a decade after his first, the epic double CD ‘Curly’s Airships’. Both Songstories are on Judge’s own Masters Of Art label which is now distributed by Cadiz Music. The release of ‘The Climber’ on 17th May 2010, and the simultaneous re-release of  ‘Curly’s Airships’ are the first of Judge’s albums to be handled by Cadiz.

PLEASE NOTE: The Climber and all Judge’s albums will still be available from our on-line shop, with quick personal service and free postage within the UK.

An essay by Judge about the development of his narrative music technique ‘Songstory’.

Hear samples of music from The Climber.

Illustrated blog of Judge's visit to Norway in May 2009 to perform and record The Climber in Bergen.

Reviews of The Climber CD.

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