Given that engrossing tone, A Crimson Grail's three parts are surprisingly distinct. Part One" is the most symphonic, as guitar waves alternately gather into peaks and cascade into near-silence. Uncannily, the guitars climb separately in small shifts, yet invariably meet at each apex. Chatham responds with an encore of a darker drone that seems to create howls and screams. Whether those noises came from the guitars or the delirious onlookers is hard to tell, but one thing is for sure: This wasn't just a performance, it was a larger-than-life sonic environment. And A Crimson Grail offers the best panoramic snapshot one could hope for.
A Crimson Grail is a three-part composition for a large electric guitar orchestra. Large may just be an understatement, as it was actually scored for up to 400 guitar players, though the performance on this release consists of a mere 200 guitarists, 16 bass players and percussion. It's a remarkable, engrossing work that plays against rather than panders to expectations.
Rhys Chatham - A Crimson Grail (Album). Bear In Heaven - Beast Rest Forth Mouth Remixed (CD, Album). Dreamboat Records, Hometapes.
A Crimson Grail (Version for 200 Guitars). Listen to A Crimson Grail now. Listen to A Crimson Grail in full in the this site app. Play on this site. 2007 Table Of The Elements.
Listen free to Rhys Chatham – A Crimson Grail (For 400 Electric Guitars) (A Crimson Grail Part 1, A Crimson Grail Part 2 and more). Tracklist: 01 - A Crimson Grail Part 1 (20:42) 02 - A Crimson Grail Part 2 (16:00) 03 - A Crimson Grail Part 3 (19:49) Released: 2006 (By Table Of The Elements) Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.
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