The Hermetic Organ

June 19, 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: June 19, 2012
  • Label: Tzadik
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Tzadik
  • Total Length: 36:25
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  • ASIN: B00887SSWO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,669 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Delite Rancher VINE VOICE on June 23, 2012
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There really is something wonderful and awe-inspiring about a great pipe organ. As one of John Zorn's initial instruments, he clearly appreciates the organ's potential power. After years as a saxophonist, composer, arranger and producer, Zorn returned to the instrument in 2011. This didn't happen through the organ setting on a digital keyboard; this sonic homecoming happened on actual cathedral pipe organs. Zorn performed a series of concerts in American and European churches. Out of these live performances, "The Hermetic Organ" represents the culmination of this musical mood with a concert at St. Paul's Chapel in New York City. Stylistically, the organ improvisation fits in well with the 'avant-garde/experimental' descriptor given to so much of his music. While ya know that it's pipe organ music, you also know enough about John Zorn to appreciate that it's not going to sound like a Sunday Mass. So what does it really sound like? Think of Bach's 'Toccata and Fugue in D minor' and imagine John Zorn playing similar music. As an improvisation, it naturally doesn't have that sort of structure or elegance. The thirty-six minute piece has six parts (Introit, Benediction, Offertory, Elevation, Communion and Descent) yet there is a two minute break in the middle and nothing is tracked out. While this makes it difficult to discuss specific parts, the piece begins with a pulsating drone which descends into an avant-garde cacophony. It eventually ascends into an angelic segment that articulates glorious love in a way that can only be expressed through a pipe organ. From there, the music returns to a pulse which eventually gives way to more dissonance.Read more ›
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