Have one to sell?
See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
5 out of 5
4 customer ratings
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2012
For those of you who actively seek music that kicked the box away, this is for you. Better than Glass, Reich, and Adams, since it was a communal effort with so many forces in an oratorio format, yet unified by key, libretto, and intent. Frankly, as a composer, I look for music that gets the pitches and chords "right." There is not a weak moment in the piece - much of it is exciting and brilliant. I cannot stress enough the pleasure I got and am getting from repeated listening of this disc. It should have been nominated for a Grammy as best original contemporary composition, but they may not reward that to jointly composed pieces - likewise a Pulitzer. What a shame. Please listen and enjoy.
4 people found this helpfulComment
Reviewed in the United States on May 19, 2001
The maverick composers David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe hit cult status with this crossover classical-rock event, premiering in 2001 at the Dresden Music Festival. Musicians from Bang on a Can, a rock combo, and the baroque orchestra Concerto Koln blend beautifully. It's exquisite music, and it tells some amazing stories--the track "We Were Enveloped" takes off from a letter from explorer George Mallory, who vanished into the swirling snow in 1924 and was just discovered on Mount Everest. The letter was to his wife, Ruth, and this is ONE SPOOKY TUNE! "Not Our Darkness" sounds like Jimi Hendrix accompanied by a choir of angels."I Lost a Sock" is an ethereal meditation/lamentation. You can't lose with this CD!
14 people found this helpfulComment
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2001
I bought this cd not knowing what to expect and, having heard it, I am not really sure what it is. An ambient amplified minimal pesudo-baroque oratorio with remixes by DJ SPOOKY? What bin in the record store does that go in? It has some cool songs, some social commentary, some religious (jewish) content, etc. I am powerless to categorize it, and I think that's where its power comes from. It is beautiful, strong, humane music, and I think it's really deep. I recommend it.
7 people found this helpfulComment
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2002
I thought this album was very different and I enjoyed listening to it. I actually heard the first track "I Lost A Sock" during a Music Theory test (My Professor is the Contemporary Ensemble director at my college). I reccomend this album to anyone who's in the mood for something different.
6 people found this helpfulComment