Zorn's string quartets are some of the most important modern contributions to the canon and a new Zorn quartet is truly a cause of celebration. His six quartet is inspired by the hermetic Angelic actions of John Dee and his mystical medium Edward Kelley and contains some of the most intense contrapuntal writing he hsa yet achieved. Replete with the prodedeurs of distillation, calcination, crystallization, sublimation, purification, rotation as well numerology, prayers, canons, contrapuntal complexity and the ghost of a familiar fugue, this music is part séance, part science, and all Zorn - in short, a trip through an alchemist's laboratory! Performed here by Zorn's own Quartet, this is the definitive recording of this important and powerful string quartet, already considered a modern classis. Also included is Zorn's mystical setting of Amergin, one of the oldest Celtic sacred texts, written for three female voices.
1The Alchemist, a True and Faithful Chronicling of the Esoteric Spiritual Conferences and Concomitant Hermetic Actions performed by Her Majesty's Alche