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George Crumb Edition Vol 9 / Arnold, Arciuli

Release Date: 08/30/2005 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9170   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Crumb
Performer:  Mark FosterDavid StarobinWilliam HillJustin Murray,   ... 
Conductor:  David Colson
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Soprano Tony Arnold has appeared on several other Bridge recordings containing difficult contemporary music by composers such as Carter and Babbitt. Her performances of Ancient Voices of Children and Madrigals are the first that challenge the classic recordings by Jan DeGaetani on Nonesuch and New World. Aside from her totally fearless delivery, she presents the music with a naturalness and ease that allows us to forget all about its technical difficulty, focusing instead on pure expression. Boy soprano Justin Murray also does an excellent job in his appearances in Ancient Voices of Children, a work that has lost none of its power and freshness over the intervening decades. The instrumental
Read more accompaniments are equally distinguished and are gorgeously recorded--check out the opening of Madrigals Book IV, or the finale of Ancient Voices (on the marvelous text "My heart of silk is filled with lights"). No composer has captured the magic of Lorca's poetry to the same degree that Crumb has in these works, and these performances do them full justice.

Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik was commissioned by pianist Emanuele Arciuli as part of his traveling road-show featuring various composers' takes on Thelonious Monk's 'Round Midnight. Written for amplified piano in Crumb's inimitable style of performance both inside and outside the instrument, its nine brief movements (lasting about 20 minutes) don't limit themselves to Monk. "Golliwog Revisited" has some fun with Debussy, while Wagner and Richard Strauss also pop up now and again. When I heard the piece live, in the dead acoustic of Columbia University's Miller Theater, much of its color and atmosphere was lost; but here, as played by Arciuli, it sounds marvelously jazzy and evocative. In fact, Crumb's music is ideal for home listening, where nothing comes between the listener and the music, and where it's much easier to give the music the quiet concentration that it requires. In sum, this is another outstanding release in Bridge's exceptionally important ongoing complete Crumb edition. Don't miss it! [8/5/2005]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Ancient Voices of Children by George Crumb
Performer:  Mark Foster (Percussion), David Starobin (Mandolin), William Hill (Percussion),
Justin Murray (Boy Soprano), Tony Arnold (Soprano), Kathryn Dupuy Cooper (Oboe),
John Kinzie (Percussion), Dale Stuckenbruck (Musical Saw), Courtney Hershey Bress (Harp),
Susan Grace (Piano)
Conductor:  David Colson
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Length: 25 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik by George Crumb
Performer:  Emanuele Arciuli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
Length: 20 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Madrigals, Books (4) by George Crumb
Performer:  David Colson (Percussion), Rachel Rudich (Alto Flute), Beverly Wesner-Hoehn (Harp),
Rachel Rudich (Piccolo), Stephen Tramontazzi (Double Bass), Tony Arnold (Soprano),
Rachel Rudich (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965-1969; USA 
Length: 32 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Ancient Voices of Children: I. El nino busca su voz
Ancient Voices of Children: II. "Dances of the Ancient Earth"
Ancient Voices of Children: III. Me he perdido muchas veces por el mar
Ancient Voices of Children: IV. De donde vienes, amor, mi nino?
Ancient Voices of Children: V. Todas las tardes en Granada, todas las tardes se muere un nino
Ancient Voices of Children: VI. "Ghost Dance"
Ancient Voices of Children: VII. Se ha llenado de luces mi corazon de seda
Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik: I. Nocturnal Theme
Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik: II. Charade
Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik: III. Premonition
Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik: IV. Cobweb and Peaseblossom ? Scherzo
Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik: V. Incantation
Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik: VI. Golliwog Revisited
Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik: VII. Blues in the Night
Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik: VIII. Cadenza with Tolling Bells
Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik: IX. Midnight Transformation
Madrigals, Book I: I. Verte desnuda es recordar la tierra
Madrigals, Book I: II. No piensan en la lluvia, y se han dormido
Madrigals, Book I: III. Los muertos llevan alas de musgo
Madrigals, Book II: I. Bebe el agua tranquila de la cancion aneja
Madrigals, Book II: II. La muerte entra y sale de la taberna
Madrigals, Book II: III. Caballito negro, donde llevas tu jinete muerto?
Madrigals, Book III: I. La noche canta desnuda sobre los puentes de marzo
Madrigals, Book III: II. Quiero dormir el sueno de las manzanas
Madrigals, Book III: III. Nana, nino, nana del caballo grande que no quiso el agua
Madrigals, Book IV: I. Por que naci entres espejos?
Madrigals, Book IV: II. Tu cuerpo, con la sombra violeta de mis manos, era un arcangel de frio
Madrigals, Book IV: III. La muerte me esta mirando desde las torres de Cordoba!

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