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Bryars: The Sinking Of The Titanic / Barnett, Bryars Ensemble, et al
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Special Interest, Classical
Bryars's The Sinking of the Titanic is one of the oddest and at the same time most mesmerizing works to come out of this end of the century. It began in 1972 as an abstract art piece that kept on building and changing in... more »
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Bryars's The Sinking of the Titanic is one of the oddest and at the same time most mesmerizing works to come out of this end of the century. It began in 1972 as an abstract art piece that kept on building and changing in the composer's mind. It's a ghostly tapestry of eerie echoes, distant sounds almost like whale songs, and interjected rifts representing the band that was playing even as the boat sank. This is a masterpiece that rewards repeated listenings. --Paul Cook
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Walter W. from SAINT PETERS, PA
Reviewed on 7/8/2008...
A really extraordinary piece of music. If it is not to your taste you won't get it. If it is you will treasure it. Very, very slow unless you can visualize the geography that the music describes. Then it moves at the perfectly natural pace for an object of enormous size. Very moving, sorrowful and enjoyable. More in tune with the source of life than merely human.
Douglas T Martin | Alpharetta, GA USA | 02/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I wonder how many people bought this recording thinking it had something to do with the "Titanic" movie? And if so, how many kept the recording? Their loss. This is a great work, well performed and recorded. Repetitious without being monotonous, it's the aural equivalent of watching light move across the water as seen from beneath the surface. Recommended to fans of Eno, Philip Glass, and their contemporaries."
A. Laye | Maryland | 07/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It isnt mentioned in any other reviews or in the product description that this version includes Philip Jeck and Alter Ego. Most viewers already know that the piece of music has been performed with many different ensembles and ranges from 15 minutes to 80 minutes in length. This recording, however, is my favorite. Philip Jecks turntablisms are more for sound construction than for "DJing" in the traditional sense of the term. Alter Ego consists of strings, brass, winds, percussion, keyboard, tape recorder and sound design. This ensembles interpretation of this peice of music is truly breathtaking and beautiful - adjectives I do not use lightly. Besides the georgious instrumentation, I much prefer the production of this record over the 1995 version. I will refrain from falling into the trap of making comparrisons or saying "fans of [x] will enjoy this", but for my personal tastes, this one one of the best pieces of music I have ever heard. Highly recommended.