Enclosure II

Enclosure II

Description: 
Historic Speech-Music Recordings from the Harry Partch Archive
Composers: 
Harry Partch
Performers: 
Harry Partch
William Wendlandt
Philip Blackburn
Liz Schmidt
Warren Burt
Sheila Guymer
Illinois Performers Workshop Ensemble
Catalog Number: 
#401
Genre: 
experimental
new classical
Collection: 
anthology
microtonal
homemade instruments
gay
Location: 

Gualala, CA

UPC: 
726708640125
Price: 
$35.00
Release Date: 
Jan 1, 1995
Liner Notes: 
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4 CD

Enclosure II

One Sheet: 
A Partch lecture on just intonation, interviews with Partch and his comments on a variety of topics, a newly recorded performance of excerpts from his 1935 hobo journal Bitter Music, and a sound documentary featuring Partch at the piano and reminiscences by his friends. This is the recording that helped start the re-awakening of Partch's legacy.
Reviews: 

"Should be welcomed with cheers . . . A considerable labor of love . . . Recordings like these don't often win those international prizes (mostly because the producers can't afford the hype). But I have no hesitation in declaring Enclosure Two one of the most important releases of the year."

- Allan Ulrich, San Francisco Examiner

"These CDs fill out our picture of Partch into a life of tremendous complexity . . . a whopping four CD set . . . the lot is a treasure trove of early sketches and intimate moments that invite us to rethink Partch’s significance. The question becomes not, ‘Is Partch the greatest American composer?’ but, ‘Aside from Partch and a few others, does American music exist at all?"

- Kyle Gann, Village Voice

"These CDs fill out our picture of Partch into a life of tremendous complexity . . . a whopping four CD set . . . the lot is a treasure trove of early sketches and intimate moments that invite us to rethink Partch’s significance. The question becomes not, ‘Is Partch the greatest American composer?’ but, ‘Aside from Partch and a few others, does American music exist at all?" — Kyle Gann, Kyle Gann (May 7, 1996)

"Painstakingly and lovingly produced ...invaluable in providing us with some of the rarest Partch material in existence." — Art Lange, Musicworks 68 "Jiminy Cricket, what the heck do I have to tell you to get you to buy this four-disk album?"        

- Galaxy Science Fiction

"Essential to any Partch collector."

— American Record Guide

"...this recording is a must."

— Schwann Opus

"Jiminy Cricket, what the heck do I have to tell you to get you to buy this four-disk album?"

- Galaxy Science Fiction