REINHARD, JOHNNY and The American Festival of Microtonal Music Orchestra: Odysseus

 
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A fascinating piece that uses (amongst other instruments) cello, autoharp, psaltrery, animal horns, bagpipes, electric guitar, theremin, violin, bassoon, harpsichord, flutes, conches, harp, trombone and voices - all in various microtonal or just intonated tunings - to tell wandering Odysseus's tale. Sort of. The charmingly unpretentious sleeve notes explain. It's not easy to make any comparisons here, though I'd venture to say that it would be best to play it at a reasonable volume through reasonable loudspeakers. Not breathtaking but genuinely original and full of ideas.




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