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John Zorn (Composer): The Hermetic Organ, Vol. 4: St. Bartholomew's [Slipcase]

Track List

>Bell, Book and Candle
>Witch's Sabbath, The

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Drawing upon traditions as varied as Messiaen, Xenakis, Ligeti, Bach, Tournemire, Ives, Korla Pandit and The Phantom of the Opera, Zorn's organ improvisations are transcendent, inspiring, ecstatic experiences, offering a direct line to the workings of his rich compositional imagination. Recorded at midnight on the eve of Halloween on the largest organ in New York City, Zorn approaches this performance as ritual, creating a mysterious mood of contrasts, colors, bells, drones, counterpoint and simultaneity. This fourth volume documenting Zorn's legendary organ recitals presents organ improvisation at its most surprising, extreme and sublime.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
This is an improvisation done at St Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in New York, on October 31, 2015. It is a part of a series of performances given in various locations, named by the performer, " The Hermetic Organ". Recorded improvisations are an acquired taste.

Sound is what these improvisations are all about: they present a series of colorful sounds and a lot of fortissimo chord clusters. The organ is one of Aeolian Skinner's surviving masterpieces and, at 163 stops and 225 ranks, is capable of wonderful colors. The booklet demonstrates one of my pet peeves these days about CD booklet production.

Album Notes

Recording information: St. Bart's, NYC (10/31/2015).

Photographer: Beung-Beung Chin.


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