Thursday, June 07, 2007

John Zorn - Rituals (2005)


Released Feb 2005
cd time - 26:36


1. I

2. II

3. III

4. IV

5. V


Owls, Windmachines, Gravedigging and Ritual Magick, Zorn’s strange and mystical monodrama for mezzo soprano and ten instruments is presented here in a beautiful new studio recording. Composed for the Bayreuth Opera Festival in 1998, the Rituals premiere was a bit of a scandal, with the audience split down the middle…half outraged detractors, stomping out, whistling and jeering and half cheering supporters. Performed here by a stellar group of Zorn regulars and some very special guests, Rituals is opera at its virtuosic and intimate best. Five movements of magic and alchemy from the crucible of an uncompromising and unpredictable musical maverick.


Personnel:
Jennifer Choi: Violin

Stephen Drury: Piano, Harpsichord, Celeste, Organ

Brad Lubman: Conductor

Tara O'Connor: Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo

Jim Pugliese: Percussion, Wind Machines, Water, Bull Roarers, Gravedigging, Fishing Reels, Paper, Bowls Of BBs, Bird Calls

Fred Sherry: Violincello

William Winant: Percussion, Etc.

Heather Gardner: Voice

Peter Kolkay: Bassoon, Contrabassoon

Mike Lowenstern: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Eb Clarinet

Kurt Muroki: Bass

Jim Pugh: Trombone

Download
mp3 - 320kbps
rar - 52mb

8 comments:

Nick said...

I'm downloading all three of the Zorn albums. Looking foreward to listening to them

Cheers

H. said...

These are quite abit different than Zorn's solo releases. He doesn't appear on any of these but he wrote and produced all of the music. My fave is Magick but it's a hard, scary listen!

Thanks for the comment Nick. I appreciate it :)

Anonymous said...

Gracias por los Zorns, Residents usw

Anonymous said...

Once again, some great posts, all three Zorn posts are much appreciated. Looking forward to more in the future.

Mr Lucky Doubles said...

For many years I bought every Zorn CD he put out. A few years ago, I finally decided 60 - 70 CDs were enough. But thanks for posting these so I can catch up a little on what he's been up to.

H. said...

Mr. Lucky: I know what you mean. When the Masada series began it was only supposed to be 4 cd's but the waterfall never ended. I think there's 15 now. Started to get a little much I thought. Seems like Zorn puts out an album every month. How could anyone keep up! :)

Thanks for the comments.

Jorz said...

Words are not enough to thank you… I just finished listening to Rituals… You are a demigod! :) Take care, J.

H. said...

no probloem Jorz. Glad you like. Hope you will check out Magick also. Pretty scary but amazing music! Thanks for the comments. :)