Malcolm Dalglish

Dalglish: Hymnody of Earth

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As a performer with Metamora, Dalglish is essentially a bandmember. On this work, he is more akin to the harpsichord in a Bach concerto. This beautiful song cycle brings together instruments not accustomed to harmonizing together: hammered dulcimer, hand percussion, and boy's choir. And this boy's choir has significantly more spunk than your typical boy's choir, ornamenting notes and swinging the rhythms. And Glen Velez's stark but syncopated frame drum rhythms give the pieces a dancelike quality. Also unveiled here is an often unrecognized secret weapon -- Dalglish's own voice, while perhaps not so appropriate for other musical settings, has a ghostlike quality that has an incredible sonic effect on the dulcimer/percussion duo. Lyrics are by author/poet Wendell Berry.

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