The World Upside Down

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - "Blue" Gene Tyranny
A "ballet for orchestra in seven movements" performed by the New York Chamber Sinfonia, conducted by Glen Cortese. The first movement, entitled "The Temple of Venus, Pt. 1," gradually unfolds exquisitely beautiful, sustained textures of massed tones, supported by propulsive multi-rhythms. In the second movement, "The Temple of Venus, Pt. 2," the sound clusters wave from side to side like borealis curtains, and the rhythms are placed internally, producing a massive, universal field of sound. The third movement unspecified as to program continues this sensuous love of clusters -- here they are more microtonal, and the progression is like a grand Japanese gagaku ...
See more details below
CD
$12.34
BN.com price
(Save 17%)$14.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $11.64   
  • New (3) from $11.64   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - "Blue" Gene Tyranny
A "ballet for orchestra in seven movements" performed by the New York Chamber Sinfonia, conducted by Glen Cortese. The first movement, entitled "The Temple of Venus, Pt. 1," gradually unfolds exquisitely beautiful, sustained textures of massed tones, supported by propulsive multi-rhythms. In the second movement, "The Temple of Venus, Pt. 2," the sound clusters wave from side to side like borealis curtains, and the rhythms are placed internally, producing a massive, universal field of sound. The third movement unspecified as to program continues this sensuous love of clusters -- here they are more microtonal, and the progression is like a grand Japanese gagaku orchestra, tense chromatics spilling into beauteous pentatonic clusters. The fourth movement begins with accented string choppings reminiscent of "The Rite of Spring" that develop in harmonic densities, similar to Branca's works with massed guitars. The fifth movement uses various delays of scale patterns and tunings that slowly build into sonorous mountains. The sixth movement, entitled "Fluid Density," also employs patterns closely related in pitch moving at varying rates, creating a sensuous "waving" or "fluid" effect. The final, seventh movement is called "Polyhymnia" and uses the fluid-technique of the previous movement but tunes the patterns to brighter scales, achieving the sensuous texture of the first two movements. A truly magnificent experience in which the listener can willingly get lost.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1994
  • Label: Atavistic Records
  • UPC: 735286191622
  • Catalog Number: 61916
  • Sales rank: 328,826

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Glenn Branca Primary Artist, Guitar
Matt Goeke Cello
Nancy Ives Cello
Mark Snyder Oboe
Carl S. Johansen Viola
Gregor Kitzis Violin
Dorothy Lawson Cello
Victor Rice Bass
Barry Stern Viola
Odette Burger Violin, Concert Master
Daniel Spitzer Clarinet
Dominic Donato Percussion
Amy Leonard Viola
Mark McCormick Bass
Chris Nappi Percussion
Frank Cassara Percussion
Bradley Garner Flute
Denise Hoff Clarinet
Kathlem Holcomb Bass Clarinet
Glen Cortese Conductor
Robert Johnston Bass
Norma Latuchie Flute
Alan Brown Horn
David Stanton Clarinet
Thomas Kluge Viola
Karen Noble Violin
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously