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  • Composer: Christopher Roberts
  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cold Blue Label
  • ASIN: B002S4DN0A
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hank Napkin on December 25, 2009
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Forced to look for some not overly disorienting comparison, you might consider some of Leo Kottke's slower, more profoundly timbral pieces, or some of Chris Whitley's late and daunting solo stretches as just a sort of point of reference - each example wrong for different reasons but for the exception of the often stunning presence of the string, its drag, its bow, its ring, its sudden and grainy stop. In the performance of a Qin, a Chinese instrument that slightly resembles the koto and sounds - here at least - somewhat like a dobro, the union of heaven (harmonics), earth (an open sound), and humankind (a stopped sound) is meant to be symbolized. Roberts' study has taken its notational system, and timbral significance, further to convey movements of the animate and the inanimate through a language of refined musical gesture. There are four solo Qin pieces here, each offering a mostly reflective state without sacrificing underlying complexity, moments of conflict or a latent now-and-again glimpse of unrest. The tactile quality of the performances are well-conceived and admirably captured, giving the music an unusually heightened sense of presence. But unlike many examples of reflective and representational music, these original works display remarkably unpredictable and often unexpected harmonic and rhythmic turns. Combined with the non-linear structures, the music of Last Cicada Singing remains solidly in the foreground, and insistent of what will finally be your often rapt attention.
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Last Cicada Singing is a very beautiful piece of music. There are four separate titles on the disc, but the music presents, at least to me, like small, connected parts of a suite. There is a unity to the four titles/tracks. Christopher Roberts studied the qin, an ancient Chinese stringed instrument, with his master teacher in Taiwan. This is acoustic music - the qin is a traditional acoustic instrument, and the sound is not processed. The qin has a vaguely familiar sound, although I had never heard the instrument before hearing this recording. Christopher Roberts uses harmonics, tonality and the silent spaces between the notes to absolutely beautiful effect. There is a fine sense of profundity in simplicity with this music. The music is outstanding, and so is the recording. Treat yourself to some lovely, meditative music that has real substance, and enjoy. Highly recommended.
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