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From Cells Of Roughest Air [Import]

Mile End Ladies String Auxiliary Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Mar 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bangor Records
  • ASIN: B000EZ3EWM
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 650,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, beautiful, mesmerizing and more 15 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is an astonishing collection of music. With only 3 instruments (violin, viola and cello) the players display a huge variety of emotion. The principal ingredients are forceful playing, bordering on the aggressive at times, and circular motifs and phrases. The only comparison that springs to mind is some of Steve Reichs' work, but MELSA definitely have a voice of their own. I cannot think of anyone else making similar music at the moment, and for those like me who love the sound potential of the chamber quartet but sometimes miss the sheer dynamic range than often seems to be lacking in modern classical music, this cd will entrance you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising 11 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
There aren't really words without getting all pretentious, but I'll give it a go. Violin, viola and cello, and three ladies who are extremely talented.

There are four tracks in this CD, with the first much longer than the other three. The first track is a leisurely development of a simple theme. After about four minutes of hearing the extremely accomplished lead-in you're hooked, and when the theme is inverted and the music becomes a lot more dynamic it's positively thrilling. Then there's this passage where the sawing on the violin is getting higher and higher and then the crunchy cello comes in and--- it's exquisite. Ten minutes in, you're back in the realm of what normal people might consider music, and the whole piece comes together and it's beautiful.

Track two is a brief riff on a vaguely gallic-sounding theme. A nice build-up, and more a mental refresher after the first track than a piece in its own right.

Track three has some gorgeous cello. There's this up-stroke during the slightly schizoid experimental section in the beginning that sends shivers up my spine.

Track four is a punishing, repetitive, aggressive high-string progression that is absolutely hypnotic. If you're barely listening it's noise; if you're paying attention and engaged with the music you can hear the little false-starts and inversions and you get the sense of tension as it becomes discordant then slightly concordant then tries to finish and fails and picks itself up again, and leads up to an uplifting finish. I bought this album on the strength of hearing this track on youtube.

Only problem is that it's too short, and if that's your only problem you're doing well.
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