- Audio CD (6 Aug. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Rough Trade
- ASIN: B00856MYWI
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Cut the World
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Antony and the Johnsons: Cut the World is a collection of live symphonic performances of songs from the band's four full length albums (Swanlights, The Crying Light, I Am a Bird Now, Antony and the Johnsons). Recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Cut the World features arrangements by Nico Muhly, Rob Moose, Maxim Moston and Antony. The title track "Cut The World" is featured here for the first time, one of Antony's new songs for The Life and Death of Marina Abramovi directed by Robert Wilson and staring Antony, Marina Abramovi and Willem Dafoe. Cut the World was recorded live on September 2nd and 3rd, 2011 at the DK Concert Hall in Copenhagen, DK and represents Antony's continued meditation on light, nature & femininity.
Top Customer Reviews
stepping stone in the recording career of Antony Hegarty. His studio
output since 2009's wonderful 'The Crying Light' has been somewhat
patchy so it's good to be reminded what a power for good he is in the
listening world. Having an orchestra to work with is a boon and Nico
Muhly's arrangements add new texture, depth and lustre to familiar
material and frame this incomparable voice in luminous veils of glorious
sound. Songs like 'Cripple and The Starfish' from his 2005 eponymous debut
and the sublime 'You Are My Sister' from 'I Am A Bird Now' (2004) deliver
performances which stir our emotions and lift our spirit. The mood of the
occasion is vividly captured; the rich ambience of the concert hall adding
warmth and grandeur to these incandescently soulful performances.
Hegarty's monologue 'Future Feminism' is an interesting inclusion. Both
personal testament and universal polemic, it combines sharp historical and
political observation with wry humour. A quietly burning plea for tolerance
and understanding in a cruel and dangerous world. He is a fine ambassador!
The culmination of these revelatory re-imaginings of his work comes with
final track 'Twilight'; a stirring rendition which brings the recording
to a heartrending but ultimately uplifting conclusion. A magnificent coda.
This magical recording deserves a place in every hearth and home.
You are my Sister, Cripple & The Starfish & The Crying Light never sounded better - this is a MUST have for Antony fans.
I don't normally like live albums but this one doesn't really feel like one like some others. There is no audience reaction between tracks, which is great, only at the end do they applaud.
A lot of people have talked about Future Feminism. It's not self indulgent, it's just Antony being himself and it gives us a rare opportunity to find out about him as a person, I personally like to know about the musicians behind music I really like. He's a lot more at ease here than in interviews I have seen him in, where he often appears a little nervous, so it's really nice to hear him talk freely here.
Along with The Crying Light and I Am A Bird Now, I now have some of the most beautiful and moving songs I have ever owned and I feel so grateful to him for creating this incredible music.
Anyway, getting that little bugbear off my chest I can say that this album is worth getting. It will of course be of particular interest to Antony Hegarty (of The Johnsons) fans but I equally think fans of Baby Dee and other such artists will also love this album. If however you have never heard Antony & The Johnsons then I'd urge you to listen to some of the other albums first as he can be an acquired taste (particular his voice).
This is a live album recorded in Copenhagen with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra and so you're getting much more than a standard live performance here. All of the songs are reworkings of previous album tracks (apart from the title track and a rather self-indulgent "lecture" about Future Feminism) and the new instrumentation provided by the orchestra really changes the character and feel of the songs and works brilliantly.
Most songs are rather downtempo with the exception of Kiss My Name which is the most upbeat song on here. The album is just over an hour long and for a live recording is missing pretty much all audience atmosphere and even applause at the end of each song. I presume it was recorded this way on purpose so that they could get clean takes of each individual song but I quite like hearing the audience on live recordings and feel this album loses some of the ambience without it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For sure the best voice I have ever heard. Every song is a piece of art. I can listen without stop. This is amazing.Published on 21 May 2013 by Luis
Relaxing beautiful music. Absolutely love Anthony and the johnsons. He is really quirky and that adds to the mystery of the music. Love itPublished on 17 May 2013 by K Burrows