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Precipice - Modern Marimba / Nathaniel Bartlett

Release Date: 08/22/2006 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 855   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Philip GlassAllan SchindlerGreg WilderAugusta Read Thomas,   ... 
Performer:  Nathaniel Bartlett
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

You’ll never hear a better recorded marimba sound and Bartlett’s performances are spectacular.

Nathaniel Bartlett was born in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin, and studied at the Eastman School and the Royal Academy of Music in London as well as with renowned marimbist Leigh Howard Stevens. As an integral part of being dedicated to an instrument of our time, he is also dedicated to the music of our time – constantly seeking out composers with whom to collaborate in the creation of new repertoire for the instrument. In particular, Nathaniel Bartlett is interested in the integration of computers and other electronics into live
Read more performances, creating a high-definition, multi-dimensional sound environment. As he writes of this CD, “One of my main goals was to create a well-balanced album and not simply a collection of unrelated material. The content of this album, as well as its order, was carefully chosen to form a program with a prelude, interlude and postlude, with two featured works in between. With this in mind, it is my hope that this album can be listened to in its entirety, and that the artistic impact of the album as a whole will be much greater than the sum of the works.”
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Works on This Recording

Opening by Philip Glass
Performer:  Nathaniel Bartlett (Marimba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Precipice by Allan Schindler
Performer:  Nathaniel Bartlett (Marimba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Interlude by Greg Wilder
Performer:  Nathaniel Bartlett (Marimba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Silhouettes by Augusta Read Thomas
Performer:  Nathaniel Bartlett (Marimba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2004; USA 
Vermont Counterpoint by Steve Reich
Performer:  Nathaniel Bartlett (Marimba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; USA 

Sound Samples

Opening (arr. for marimba)
Silhouettes: I. Like Toru Takemitsu crossed with Bill Evans
Silhouettes: II. Like Stravinsky crossed with Thelonius Monk
Silhouettes: III. Like Boulez crossed with Oscar Peterson
Silhouettes: IV. Like Bartok crossed with Art Tatum
Vermont Counterpoint (arr. for marimba)

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