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Symphony No. 3 (Gloria)

Glenn Branca Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ATAVISTIC
  • ASIN: B0000060P4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. First Movement2.Second Movement3.Third Movement - Glenn Branca

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One of Branca's earlier "Guitar Army" pieces, a Crystalline Beauty from 1983 featuring Barbara Ess, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo & Michael Gira as ensemble members. Sonic Youth & SWANS we really just getting their respectively brilliant careers underway a

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ecstasy of music, the agony of liner notes June 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love Glenn Branca's music on this CD, but I don't understand a blessed word of his liner notes. Apparently, this symphony has something to do with unorthodox tuning or intervals of a harmonic series or some such thing. I'm not a musician. Be that as it may, I highly recommend listening to this piece on headphones to appreciate the rarified atmospheres and textures Branca creates by layering multiple guitars and custom-built keyboards. Some folks who know more about music than I do object to Branca calling his extended works symphonies. I think I can understand his argument though. Symphonic composition often treats multi-instrument ensembles as a single instrument in order to coax forth different aural experiences which could not be generated on single instruments. I love what Branca does with massed guitars. In the context of Symphony #3, the effect is more blurred and ethereal rather than jagged, as in, say, "The Ascension". Is it rock? Is it classical? Anybody really care? One other note: I find that the music is somewhat static in nature. It doesn't really go anywhere. It hovers. From my experience, the changes occur not with the music itself but with the listener. Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Branca's best February 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The only aspect of Branca's music which really makes it appropriate to deem any of it as "classical" is the sheer grandiosity of his works and what Steve Reich once referred to as a fascist conductorial style.

Anyway, this was the first Branca record I ever actually purchased, as I'd been familiar with his Symphony No. 6, the Ascension, and Symphonies 8 & 10 prior to hearing this. At first, I was pretty turned off by his restraint on this disc, but over time, I began to appreciate the glacial evolution of the first movement, its gorgeous harmonic overtones, and the ecstatic extended climax near the end of the track.

The second and third movements are far more abrasive and oppressive, and with much more success than most other Branca fare. Much less repetitive than most of his other abrasive works, the second movement's unpredictability lends itself to an enjoyably appalling first listen, and subsequent listens garner the listener an appreciation for the fingernails-on-chalkboard walls of tone clusters.

Highly recommended for patient lovers of contemporary music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Symphonica Apocolyptica! December 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Imagine an orchestra of electric guitars, at maximum volume, with a pounding drummer and bass. Imagine them conducted by a disheveled composer gestulating like a madman, sweat flying in all directions. You are surrounded by a whirling sound of jet aircraft taking off, for forty-five minutes.... No, wait, it's the sound of The Gods calling you from Heaven! And they have Marshall amplifiers! The interminable droning noise has seduced you into a state of sustained orgasm! Longtime player in the New York avant-garde music scene, Branca's orchestra has been the training ground and artistic reference point for many influential rock musicians, Sonic Youth and Helmet being the most notable. If you are at wit's end trying to find something different, and are prepared to listen to a difficult, brilliant sound, buy this album. If you just want to test the water, look for the (unfortunately rare) "The Ascension", a collection of his shorter "songs". And if you are of strong of character, see him live. Bring earplugs. And an adult undergarment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clarification July 18, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Actually, this symphony had very few guitars as the last reviewer had stated. It was written for some number of specially built, tuned, and prepaired harpsichords...though I can't recall exactly how many there were in this peice...there were approximatly 7 or 8 harpsichords playing all at once. I've listened to this and other symphonies of his for 5 or so years and they still entertain me. Because this is real music (for its nutritional content) doesn't wear itself out like anything you hear on the radio...what I might call "junk food music". For those who enjoy fine craftsmanship (and the sound of freight trains as an ambient experience)...anything by Glenn Branca is for you.
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