Album Review

Agricola, Alexander – “A Secret Labyrinth ” – [Sony Classical]

Thurston Hunger   9/4/2005   A Library, CD

Old school (15th century) sounds. Chorales
like an impossible juggling of voices…round
notes of sound keep getting tossed up higher.
More than a few moments of discord where even
my untrained ear thinks, “hold on a second
someone just screwed up”…but miraculously
the melody winds up back in hand. Approach
it from a Beach Boy wave of sound wall or
from pure psychoacoustic reaction or from
the sacred texts that have some heavy virgin
fixation, but approach it. Tracks 2, 10, 12
and 8 (especially the first Hosanna in 8)
Hail the polyphonic polymath!

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