mysterium (2005)

Track Listing 

1. Orphee  9:07

Stephen Gosling - Celesta, Harpsichord
Brad Lubman - Conductor
Ikue Mori -  Electronics
Tara O'Connor - Flute
June Han - Harp
David Shively - Percussion
Lois Martin - Viola

2. Frammenti Del Sappho  13:28

Brad Lubman - Conductor
Abby Fischer, Kirsten Sollek, Lisa Bielawa, Martha Cluver, Martha Sullivan  - Voice 

3. Walpurgisnacht, Pt. 1  2:47

Fred Sherry - Cello
Richard O'Neill - Viola
Jennifer Choi - Violin

4. Walpurgisnacht, Pt. 2  5:05 

Fred Sherry - Cello 
Richard O'Neill - Viola 
Jennifer Choi - Violin

5. Walpurgisnacht, Pt. 3  1:54

Fred Sherry - Cello 
Richard O'Neill - Viola 
Jennifer Choi - Violin



Lisa Bielawa: Voice 
Jennifer Choi: Violin 
Brad Lubman: Conductor 
Lois Martin: Viola 
Ikue Mori: Electronics 
Tara O'Connor: Flute 
Fred Sherry: Cello 
Martha Cluver: Voice 
Abby Fischer: Voice 
Stephen Gosling: Celeste, Harpsichord 
June Han: Harp 
Richard O'Neill: Viola 
David Shively: Percussion 
Kirsten Sollek: Voice 
Martha Sullivan: Voice


Composed by John Zorn 
Produced by John Zorn 
Associate Producers - Kazunori Sugiyama 
Recorded, mixed and edited by Silas Brown May-September 2005
Mastered by Scott Hull at Jigsaw Sound, NYC
K2 Technology by JVC Disc America
Cover Art On The Edge Of Chaos 1825 by J, Martin
Design - Heung-Heung Chin


Three new miniature masterpieces from the alchemical crucible of John Zorn. Orphée is a lush romantic work in the French tradition of Debussy, Boulez and Jean Cocteau. Drawing inspiration from both the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus, who ventured to the Underworld to recover his lost love and Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola and harp, this is one of Zorn’s most emotional and classical compositions, and features the Debussy trio instrumentation augmented by percussion, keyboards and the sparkling electronics of Ikue Mori. Frammenti del Sappho is a breathtakingly beautiful motet for five female voices, and speaks to and for the feminine through a language of Renaissance Minimalism. Ending the program is of course a piece touching on Witchcraft, and Zorn celebrates the Witches’ Sabbath through the dynamic medium of the string trio. Fifteen of the world’s best performers come together in this colorful and revelatory collection of Zorn compositions from 2004.

Series:  Composer Series 

Catalogue Number:  TZ8018 

Release Date:  November 2005