Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Only 5 left in stock.
Sold by GOLOco and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
The BQE has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Disc(s) may be scratched. Case may have light damage. May be ex-library with library stamps/stickers. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed! Eligible for Amazon's FREE Super Saver/Prime Shipping, Package Tracking, and 24/7 Customer Service!
Trade in your item
Get up to a $0.40
Gift Card.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Cart
$13.46
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Amazon.com
Add to Cart
$15.08
& FREE Shipping on eligible orders. Details
Sold by: Fulfillment Express US
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

The BQE

4.5 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Audio CD, October 20, 2009
"Please retry"
$13.45
$10.52 $1.47

Stream Millions of Songs FREE with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream millions of songs FREE with Amazon Prime. Start your free trial.
$13.45 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details Only 5 left in stock. Sold by GOLOco and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The BQE
  • +
  • All Delighted People
  • +
  • The Age of Adz
Total price: $36.43
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Sufjan Stevens is proud to present The BQE, a cinematic suite inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Hula-Hoop. Commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The BQE was originally performed in the Howard Gilman Opera House in celebration of the 25th anniversary Next Wave Festival in October of 2007. Comes as CD/DVD package.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prelude on the Esplanade
  2. Introductory Fanfare for the Hooper Heroes
  3. Movement I In the Countenance of Kings
  4. Movement II Sleeping Invader
  5. Interlude I Dream Sequence in Subi Circumnavigation
  6. Movement III Linear Tableau with Intersecting Surprise
  7. Movement IV Traffic Shock
  8. Movement V Self-Organizing Emergent Patterns
  9. Interlude II Subi Power Waltz
  10. Interlude III Invisible Accidents
  11. Movement VI Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges
  12. Movement VII (Finale) The Emperor of Centrifuge
  13. Postlude Critical Mass


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Asthmatic Kitty
  • ASIN: B002N1AEAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Amazon's Sufjan Stevens Store

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love this guy and have all his previous releases. This release has his trademark style but is quite a departure being an instrumental soundtrack to a short film. I might classify it's overall style as modern classical.

From what I glean from the video, the film was commissioned (?) by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It is quite stunning. It is shot as 3 frames across the screen. At first I found this a bit disconcerting, but after a short while was fully absorbed in it. As the title indicates, it is an examination of the BQE from the road itself to the surrounding neighborhoods and streets. Starting with shots of the neighborhoods, it gradually builds, moving into scenes of and on the road itself. One scene which is tracked from the drivers point of view at high speed is exhilerating. It ends with some beautiful visuals of abstract lights and colors. Interspersed with the BQE scenes are 3 women playing with hula hoops, which may sound silly but is not. Some of these short interludes also feature very abstract, impressionistic filming. Overall, I appreciated and got a true feel for the BQE and it's surrounds as a living organism. The film demands repeated viewings, and I did not realize Sufjan was such an accomplished filmmaker. Be aware this is on the impressionistic "artsy" side which is fine by me.

As for the music, with lyrics this might not seem such a radical departure from his past efforts, but it is different. When listening to the music while watching the film I was very much reminded of Philip Glass or Steve Reich, though not as minimalist. The songs are orchestrated, and vary in style and dynamics. Some feature piano in the front, a couple trumpets and horns, and a couple more a music box (I think? lovely tinkling whatever it is).
Read more ›
1 Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I saw the BQE performance at the Brooklyn Academy. I am very jaded due to my musical background and experiences. It takes something unique to move my emotional meter into the tears range. This did it over and over again with each delight presenting itself, one after the other. You wondered what would be next. Then came the Super Hoopers near the end of the performance. Stunningly appropriate and purposeful. Turned the night on its head. I think anyone with an ear to what music can be again, after we've come through this desert of samples and hand claps might both enjoy and respect this.

Sufjan continues to amaze me. He has his fun and you can feel it all over you listening to his compositions. If this is how you start out in composing serious music, then what will we be lucky to hear down the road. I hope we get to hear more from him for a long, long time. We deserve it and he deserves us to pay attention. And you serious classical types, who might be sniffing their noses like Sigourney Weaver's cellist boyfriend in Ghostbusters. Just be thankful that someone with access to the resources has taken the time to try to honor your profession with something new that will reach a wider audience and maybe get them listening to other works by those that inspired both Sufjan and yourselves.
Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD
I downloaded this soundtrack today from a subscription music site. I did not get to see the DVD, and I can tell after listening to this that the visual aspect is not just a nicety, but essential to this performance. I did enjoy the album, but it may not be for every Soof-yon fan.

I think Sufjan is one of the best lyricists around, since this is instrumental I certainly missed hearing lyrics with the music. The album has ups and downs that at times made me feel like I was in a room with a VCR playing an old Disney movie... if I had the DVD this is meant to come with I'd like to think I would be visualizing an NYC expressway instead. That being said, this has as undeniable sound that is Sufjan.

If you are the type that casually enjoys listening to classical music or instrumental soundtracks you may very well enjoy this release. I feel it is a bit fuller than Run Rabbit Run. If you are looking for the next studio follow up on par with Illinoise or Michigan this is not quite it. It has been a while since we have heard much studio work from Sufjan. Considering how busy he was in the early part of the decade compared to now I am starting to wonder if I should start saving up for a 47 disc box set...
1 Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed most of Sufjan Stevens albums, often for quite different reasons. The BQE album is no different. Listening to it was like taking a journey through American 20th century classical music, I kept hearing elements of Copland, Grofé, Ives, Bernstein, Gershwin & Glass coming through. Stevens has not copied their works but created an original piece that seems to pay homage to the greats of American classical music.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Listen, if you're expecting this album to be anywhere even NEAR the ballpark of Sufjan's other work's of art, DON"T BUY THIS ALBUM!!! If you have an open mind and you are willing to embrace some amazing, vocal-less, orchestrated arrangements that are meant to go along with his indie film, then by all means, BUY THIS ALBUM.

Very refreshing. Thanks, Sufjan, for embracing your talent on all levels.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

The BQE
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: The BQE



Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: vinyl pop