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Earle Brown: Selected Works 1952-65 / Brown, Et Al

Release Date: 08/22/2006 
Label:  New World Records   Catalog #: 80650   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Earle Brown
Performer:  Arthur MooreTeresia TieuJaring WaltaHarro Ruijsenaars,   ... 
Conductor:  Earle Brown
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The late Earle Brown (1926-2002) was a key figure in the so-called post-World War II "New York School" of composers (including John Cage and Morton Feldman) who experimented with open form, indeterminacy, and new concepts of notation, as well as revamping principles of serial music to suit their own expressive and philosophical needs. New World's Earle Brown anthology offers an ideal overview of the composer's early works in performances conducted, supervised, or endorsed by the composer. Overall, Brown's sound world consists of pointillist phrases, long tones in extreme registers, and jagged, unsettled rhythms. These elements seem to float freely and leisurely, with a gentle collision here and there. Think of Brown's handling of Read more space, silence, and stasis as a tone parallel to Alexander Calder's mobiles.

Also notice how the composer resists certain instrumental conventions. For example, in Novarra the most urgent melodic passages for string instruments are played pizzicato, while winds and brass work hard to control slow sliding gestures that normally would be assigned to bowed strings. Brown's superb ear for timbre also manifests itself in Times Five's subtle shifts between live acoustic instruments and pre-recorded four-channel electronic sounds, despite the dry, relatively constricted recording quality. Clearly this piece begs for a more resonant acoustic and surround-sound. Furthermore, Brown's stylistic integrity is such that I listened without referring to David Ryan's lovingly informed booklet notes, and I found it impossible to ascertain which pieces were conventionally notated and which were derived from graphic instructions. Collectors who missed this release on CRI should take advantage now.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Times Five by Earle Brown
Performer:  Arthur Moore (Trombone), Teresia Tieu (Harp), Jaring Walta (Violin),
Harro Ruijsenaars (Cello), Earle Brown (Tapes), Govert Jurriaanse (Flute)
Conductor:  Earle Brown
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Venue:  Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 15 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Octet I by Earle Brown
Performer:  Earle Brown (Tapes)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952/1953; USA 
Date of Recording: 1952 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Folio: December 1952 by Earle Brown
Performer:  Michael Daugherty (Electronics)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1953; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Novara by Earle Brown
Performer:  Govert Jurriaanse (Flute), John Floore (Trumpet), Harry Sparnaay (Bass Clarinet),
Gerrit Oldeman (Viola), Roelof van Driesten (Violin), Jaring Walta (Violin),
Harro Ruijsenaars (Cello), Ton Hartsuiker (Piano)
Conductor:  Earle Brown
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Venue:  Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 13 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Music for Violin, Cello and Piano by Earle Brown
Performer:  David Soyer (Cello), Matthew Raimondi (Violin), David Tudor (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Folio: November 1952 by Earle Brown
Performer:  Michael Daugherty (Electronics)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1953; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Folio: Four Systems by Earle Brown
Performer:  Michael Daugherty (Electronics)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Music for Cello and Piano by Earle Brown
Performer:  Dorothea von Albrecht (Cello), Christine Olbrich (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954-1955; USA 
Length: 9 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
Nine Rarebits by Earle Brown
Performer:  George Gruntz (Harpsichord), Antoinette M. Vischer (Harpsichord)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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