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Turtle Dreams [Original recording reissued, Import]

Monkm. Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Monk: Turtle Dreams (Waltz)17:51Album Only
listen  2. Monk: View 110:15Album Only
listen  3. Monk: Engine Steps 2:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Monk: Ester's Song 1:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
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“Songs of Ascension” is a major new work from Meredith Monk. Written in 2008, and recorded in 2009 at New York’s Academy of Art and Letters, it is conceived as a continuous composition, a departure from Monk’s recent collaged or episodic works.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 18, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • ASIN: B0000262T6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy masterpiece December 14, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Being introduced to Meredith Monk was one of the smartest things I have ever done. A friend of mine knew who she was and had me listen to her late one night. Needless to say I was blown away. I don't consider myself a 'singer' although I vocalize. I do not have any sweetness to my voice and don't write the norm. Well, Meredith Monk made me feel like an amature. I heard her and it was like the gates of music opened up. I absolutely fell in love with her. She made me realize that I don't have to sing like stinkin' Mariah Carey, who I do not care for anyway, and have a successful career. In my opinion, what Meredith Monk has done is more important than anything a pop singer could ever come close to. This album will make you happy. It will make you sad. It will make you dance. It does everything for the mind. If you think you can master singing in these styles you deserve an award. Like the many she has. If you also compose along with it than you need me to hear it because this is just heaven to me. Mentally and physically this should be heard. Especially for the passionate. If you like passion written in sound then do yoursalf a huge favor. Get one of her albums and shut down your life because this will bring you into something you should love.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gem April 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Listeners looking for categories should avoid this album but they should avoid any kind of music demanding your attention and concentration. Meredith Monk is NOT a pop musician, this is very idiosyncratic and beautiful because it leads you into a new universe. Her extraordinary vocal technique is enchanting and amazing becuase it opens your mind onto something new and unexpected. If you're ready for a new musical experience, if you're interested in new musical horizons, if you're not a consumer of music, you should go on a journey with Meredith Monk because your imagination will lead you towards pictures of dreams, dance and daring. This is musical poetry at its best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album February 28, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a fantastic album. I first heard the title track "Turtle Dreams" and knew I had to have the album. The other works on the album are amazing as well. If you like avante-garde music this should be in your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old fave February 9, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Meredith Monk is a rare, unflappable, fearless performer who pioneered a certain vocalese that was deeply informed by exotic world rhythms (before these were hip), circular breathing, prog-rock a la Flying Lizards' Dagmar Krause, and a wonderfully endearing, muscular-diaphraghmatic sense of dynamic that recalls Cage pieces like Aria. Basically, she took the pretentious atonality out of experimental Euro-derived experimental music and replaced it with rhythmics both earthy and meditative. The spare, slightly echoey production here captures this watershed moment of 80s music, and there's even room for giddily deranged nods to vaudeville and show-biz chutzpah. Truly a record that revels in the love of music making.
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