Bob Marsh

In the Garden of Earthly Delights

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This is extreme music to be sure, but the fascinating sounds produced by cello virtuoso Bob Marsh and voice acrobat Carol Ginetti are sure to impress. Ginetti falls in the venerable tradition of Cathy Barberian, and her elastic chords perform feats that seem nearly impossible. Ginetti moans, shrieks, bleeps, growls, chirps, blats, and produces an infinite number of indescribably subversive sputters. Each of the five "Delights" is freely improvised, without melody or apparent structure. But there is variety – lots of it. Tempos change, and each "Delight" has a different focus. The cello and the human voice have many similarities, and those help to make for a particular compatibility. Marsh stretches his strings with scratchy, elongated sighs and pointillist stirrings. Listening to Ginetti and Marsh is exhausting, to be sure, and often extremely intense. The short recording time and the less-than-quality recording are disappointments, but tolerable in light of the fine musical results.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
7:31
2
6:19
3
5:11
4
11:53
5
8:19
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