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The World Of Harry Partch / Danlee Mitchell


Release Date: 10/15/2013 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 74929  
Composer:  Harry Partch
Performer:  Linda SchellEmil RichardsMichael RantaRobert McCormick,   ... 
Conductor:  Danlee Mitchell
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Harry Partch is an American visionary and stubborn individualist... He has built his own musical world out of microtones, hobo speech, elastic octaves and percussion instruments made from hubcaps and nuclear cloud chambers. Recently ... an army of young music lovers stormed New York’s Whitney Museum to hear Harry Partch and his thirteen disciples produce a music that was totally personal and eclectic in the best sense. African polyrhythms, and ancient Greek modes, bits of Babylonia and the pulse of the American diesel engine all gathered into a richly erotic, primitive, fresh and stirring drama of sound.

-- Newsweek


Includes bonus tracks: The Instruments of Harry Partch.
Harry Partch is an American visionary and stubborn individualist... He has built his own musical world out of microtones, hobo speech, elastic octaves and percussion instruments made from hubcaps and nuclear cloud chambers. Recently ... an army of young music lovers stormed New York’s Whitney Museum to hear Harry Partch and his thirteen disciples produce a music that was totally personal and eclectic in the best sense. African polyrhythms, and ancient Greek modes, bits of Babylonia and the pulse of the American diesel engine all gathered into a richly erotic, primitive, fresh and stirring drama of sound.

-- Newsweek


Includes bonus tracks: The Instruments of Harry Partch. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Daphne of the Dunes by Harry Partch
Performer:  Linda Schell (), Emil Richards (), Michael Ranta (),
Robert McCormick (), Frank Berberich (), John McAllister (),
Dean Drummond (), Gary Coleman (), Harry Partch (Adapted Viola),
Richard Lapore (), Todd Miller ()
Conductor:  Danlee Mitchell
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/11/1968 
Venue:  Whitney Museum, New York, NY 
Length: 17 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2. Barstow "8 Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California" by Harry Partch
Performer:  Michael Ranta (), Danlee Mitchell (), Harry Partch (Voice),
John McAllister (), John Stannard (Tenor), Linda Schell ()
Conductor:  Danlee Mitchell
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/11/1968 
Venue:  Whitney Museum, New York, NY 
Length: 9 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3. Plectra and Percussion Dances: Castor and Pollux by Harry Partch
Performer:  Michael Ranta (), Danlee Mitchell (), Gary Coleman (),
Dean Drummond (), John McAllister (), Emil Richards (),
Linda Schell ()
Conductor:  Danlee Mitchell
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/11/1968 
Venue:  Whitney Museum, New York, NY 
Length: 16 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Welcome but incomplete  November 6, 2013 By John P. (Aurora, CO) See All My Reviews "I'm glad Sony Classical has resurrected this little-known album of Harry Partch's iconoclastic sound world. Barstow is an American classic, and the other pieces are also masterpieces. I was thrilled to see that AM had also included Partch's special disk (originally from another album, his work Delusion of the Fury) where he introduces all of his instruments with witty commentary and a short excerpt of each instrument being played. Unfortunately the whole disk is not here. Only sixteen of the twenty-five original bands of this record are to be found on this reissue. Sad because this record is unlikely ever to see the light of day again. Fortunately I have this disk in its entirety and have made a CD copy for my own use. Among the missing bands are the Marimba Eroica (which included priceless droll commentary from Partch). I'm sure disk space had something to do with it, but at the cheap cost of pressing a CD, you'd think this could have been done right. This is so disappointing. If it was possible, I'd rate this album as 5 stars for the music and just 2 stars for the production." Report Abuse
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