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Kreiger: Meeting Places, Etc / Ny New Music Ensemble


Release Date: 11/25/2003 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 609   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arthur Kreiger
Performer:  Jayn RosenfeldJeffrey MilarskyLinda QuanChris Finckel,   ... 
Conductor:  Jeffrey MilarskyDaniel Druckman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York New Music EnsembleJuilliard Percussion Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews





At the risk of sounding supercilious, there is something rather quaint about this music, all written for either a combination of acoustical instruments and electronically synthesized sounds or electronic media alone. It may have sounded bizarre and even shocking when it was first produced, beginning in the mid 1970s, but after a generation of familiarity with electronic sound, the technique is no longer paramount, and what we are left with is music of tremendous craft, charm, and even beauty. Presumably, this is precisely what Arthur Kreiger had intended all along.


Almost predictably, the music comes from the composer’s long Read more association with one of the nerve centers of electronic music, the Electronic Music Center of Columbia University, where Kreiger studied with such pioneers as Vladimir Ussachevsky, Chou Wen-Chung, and Mario Davidovsky. These are composers who used electronic effects in a very precise and delicate way; Kreiger also follows that path. There is no intrinsic reason why electronic music cannot be sensational, or at least symphonic, but this music is neither, instead beckoning the listener in for a closer examination, as one might view a painting by a Flemish master. My two favorite works are both scored for percussion and tape, the Caprice , for percussion quartet and electronic tape, and the Dialogue for Steel Drums and Electronic Tape . In each work, the electronic sounds are completely integrated in the overall texture of the music, resulting in a rich and even sensuous ensemble. In other combinations, such as Uncommon Bonds for clarinet and tape, and Close Encounters for flute and tape, Kreiger is more interested in the theatrical contrasts of temperament in his media, as a classicist might combine violin and piano.


The three works for electronic tape alone are perky, concise, etude-like, and very easy on the ear. In the spirit of his teachers, Kreiger employs electronics in a cohesive and rigorous way, considering tone, rhythm, dynamics, and pace as a piece. The synthesis of these elements is, simply, delightful. The homage to the memory of Kreiger’s teacher, Ussachevsky, does periodically depart from the quick pace of the idiom for what might be called electronic dirges, resulting in an entirely appropriate contrast of celebration and sorrow.


I’ll bet I speak for most of my colleagues when I say that—although I hope never to tire of a great performance of Beethoven’s Fifth—it is always invigorating to encounter some new composer with a fresh voice, expressed by wonderful performers. Such was my experience with this program of the music of Arthur Kreiger. Give it a listen.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Meeting Places by Arthur Kreiger
Performer:  Jayn Rosenfeld (Flute), Jeffrey Milarsky (Tapes), Linda Quan (Violin),
Chris Finckel (Cello), Daniel Druckman (Percussion), Stephen Gosling (Piano),
Jean Kopperud (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Milarsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York New Music Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 8 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This performance utilizes a pre-recorded tape. 
2.
Caprice for Percussion and Electronic Music Tape by Arthur Kreiger
Performer:  Daniel Druckman (Tapes), Samuel Solomon (Percussion), Nicholas Stoup (Percussion),
Jeffrey Irving (Percussion), Daniel Bauch (Percussion)
Conductor:  Daniel Druckman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 9 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This performance utilizes a pre-recorded tape. 
3.
Voyage by Arthur Kreiger
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This performance utilizes a pre-recorded tape. 
4.
Uncommon Bonds by Arthur Kreiger
Performer:  Jean Kopperud (Clarinet), Jean Kopperud (Tapes)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 9 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: This performance utilizes a pre-recorded tape. 
5.
In Short Crystal Moments by Arthur Kreiger
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This performance utilizes a pre-recorded tape. 
6.
Close Encounters by Arthur Kreiger
Performer:  Jayn Rosenfeld (Tapes), Jayn Rosenfeld (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 8 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This performance utilizes a pre-recorded tape. 
7.
Electronic Study "In Memoriam Vladimir Ussachevsky" by Arthur Kreiger
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: This performance utilizes a pre-recorded tape. 
8.
Dialogue for Steel Drums and Electronic Tape by Arthur Kreiger
Performer:  Daniel Druckman (Steel Drum)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 8 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: This performance utilizes a pre-recorded tape. 
9.
Suitable Attachments by Arthur Kreiger
Performer:  William Anderson (Guitar), Chris Finckel (Tapes), Chris Finckel (Cello),
Jean Kopperud (Clarinet), Jayn Rosenfeld (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 10/2001 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 9 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: This performance utilizes a pre-recorded tape. 

Sound Samples

Meeting Places
Caprice
Voyage
Uncommon Bonds
In Short Crystal Moments
Close Encounters
Electronic Study, In Memoriam: Vladimir Ussachevsky
Dialogue for Steel Drums and Electronic Tape
Suitable Attachments

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