Javanese Gamelan And Vocal Music From The Palace Of Yogyakarta, The Sultan’s Pleasure

Chris Nickson

By Chris Nickson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

To enter the world of the gamelan orchestra is like stepping out of time to a place where the old rules no longer apply. What initially seems like an unsettling cacophony of gongs and struck bronze tubes quickly reveals itself to be a cornucopia of interlocking, minimalist melodies that become both lush and soothing. The voices turn it truly unearthly, the harmonies elusive, moving with a stateliness that takes on the rhythm of breathing. Startlingly beautiful.