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Volcano Songs [Original recording reissued]

Meredith Monk Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Monk: Volcano Songs: Duets - Walking SongMeredith Monk 2:58Album Only
listen  2. Monk: Volcano Songs: Duets - Lost WindMeredith Monk 3:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Monk: Volcano Songs: Duets - Hips DanceMeredith Monk 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Monk: Volcano Songs: Duets - Cry #1Meredith Monk 2:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Monk: New York RequiemHarry Huff10:57Album Only
listen  6. Monk: Volcano Songs: Solos - OfferingMeredith Monk 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Monk: Volcano Songs: Solos - Boat ManMeredith Monk 2:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Monk: Volcano Songs: Solos - Skip SongMeredith Monk 1:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Monk: Volcano Songs: Solos - Old LavaMeredith Monk 2:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Monk: Volcano Songs: Solos - Cry #2Meredith Monk 2:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Monk: St. Petersburg WaltzNurit Tilles 7:50Album Only
listen12. Monk: Three Heavens And HellsMeredith Monk21:11Album Only
listen13. Monk: Light Songs - Click Song #1Meredith Monk 1:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Monk: Light Songs - Click Song #2Meredith Monk 3:44$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
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B000024IH9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Voice! Hauntingly Beautiful compositions. April 19, 2004
By Pete
Format:Audio CD
While perhaps still widely unknown Meredith Monk is a modern master.
This album is another incredible addition to her work. The set of four opening duets will take your breath away. The first of these "Walking Song" was featured in the Coen brothers film The Big Lebowski...As strong as that cut is each of these four composition gets successively stronger. On "Lost Wind" The singers hit ringing overtones that are otherworldly. "Cry #1" is overwhelmingly emotional... The New York Requiem for people lost to AIDS is another standout ...also deeply moving. There are also two sets of vocal solos by Monk herself interspersed with a solo piano piece, and a vocal quartet piece "Three Heavens And Hells" set to the words of a young childs poem. Lyrics are rare for Monk who usually avoids them... she claims in the notes that this is a first. There are other songs with recognizable phrases such as the repeated mantra "I Went To The Store" in TURTLE DREAMS and the woman's conversation with death in THE TALE (from Dolmen Music). However in those cases, words evolved out of the pre-established melody. Here the words came first.
Those who recall 1980's landmark vocal milestone DOLMEN MUSIC will want to give VOLCANO SONGS and the latest release... (the equally beautiful) MERCY a listen.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars experimental minimalism September 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Often I find that a particular kind of facial expression goes with the mention of Meredith Monk.

I would be hard-put to describe that expression from others as `sour,' or in any other way resentful (assuming, of course, they know who she is), but perhaps more a look of recognition, of compliance almost, for as many people I have found who do not care for her, and as many as I have found are quite fond of her, she seems to demand respect.

And why not?

Who else can easily be named who exhibits such unique work?

Who else creates music and vocal works that would take someone at all familiar with her only seconds to recognize it?

Am I mostly to ask questions in talking about her latest release?

Am I to keep to the form I have thus presented to the present moment--one sentence a paragraph?

We'll see.

The main question, I find, is this:

How is it that Meredith Monk has persisted in the traditions of the experimental yet not faded to art history or another type of death?

How is it that she continues as a fresh, alive presence in music?

Those were two questions, weren't they?

Meredith Monk's "American maverick tradition" continues with her latest release off ECM New Series, Volcano Songs.

("American maverick tradition" being, of course, her own term.)

Other `mavericks' (by her own standards): John Cage, Henry Cowell, Harry Partch, Edgard Varèse.

Another `maverick,' by my own: Gertrude Stein.

Allow me to explain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful February 17, 2011
By Roland
Format:Audio CD
I was at first not used to this kind of music, but after awhile I realized this is some of the most beautiful music and singing I have ever heard. The idea is to listen to the vocal tones and the arrangment of the notes and not to think about anything like lyrics. When it is heard how intense and moving the sound is, those who listen will be amazed.
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