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Chasalow: Left To His Own Devices


Release Date: 02/25/2003 
Label:  New World Records   Catalog #: 80601   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eric Chasalow
Performer:  Guido ArbonelliChristopher OldfatherAndrea SchultzMichael Finckel,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael AdelsonAndrew RindfleischGil Rose
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auros Group for New MusicPhantom ArtsBoston Modern Orchestra Project
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In this collection of nine works from the past decade, Eric Chasalow has drawn on many kinds of memory and experience, both personal and universal. Tape recordings of family members, quotes from his own earlier music, and recordings of his predecessors in the history of electronic music (Milton Babbitt, for example, among others) are among the more concrete gleanings from the composer's past. These are combined with the stylistic and technical influences both conscious and unconscious that are part of the foundation of any artist's work. In Chasalow's case, those influences surface in the allusions to jazz and to the music of the composer's teachers and older colleagues, including Mario Davidovsky and Babbitt. The composer's catalog Read more features a number of works, like the Babbitt-centered "Left to His Own Devices" (on this disc) and the earlier Jimi Hendrix piece "'Scuse Me," in which the music Chasalow loves is explicitly on display, although filtered and morphed (lovingly) through his own aesthetic. In many ways this parallels his treatment of text (literary/oral language) in such pieces as "Crossing Boundaries" as well as the more linear, songlike setting of John Berryman's poems in "Dream Songs." As Chasalow has said, "In spite of my long history with electronic music, the technology is not my focus." This is clear from the work on this disc, crafted in a musical language as subtle and complex as it is tactile and expressive. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
In a manner of speaking by Eric Chasalow
Performer:  Guido Arbonelli (Bass Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/2001 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: This selection also features pre-recorded tape. 
2.
Yes, I Really Did by Eric Chasalow
Performer:  Christopher Oldfather (Piano), Andrea Schultz (Violin), Michael Finckel (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/04/2002 
Venue:  Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
3.
Left to His Own Devices by Eric Chasalow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: This selection was electronically realized at the composer's own home
and at the Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio (BEAMS). 
4.
Suspicious Motives by Eric Chasalow
Conductor:  Michael Adelson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auros Group for New Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/31/2001 
Venue:  Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 
Length: 7 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: This selection also features pre-recorded tape. 
5.
Crossing Boundaries by Eric Chasalow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Length: 9 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This selection was electronically realized at the composer's own home
and at the Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio (BEAMS). 
6.
In the Works by Eric Chasalow
Conductor:  Andrew Rindfleisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantom Arts
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993/1994; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/14/1999 
Venue:  Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA 
Length: 14 Minutes 13 Secs. 
7.
Out of Joint by Eric Chasalow
Performer:  Keith Benjamin (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/30/1999 
Venue:  Kansas City, Missouri 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: This selection features pre-recorded tape. 
8.
Dream Songs by Eric Chasalow
Performer:  William Hite (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gil Rose
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/23/2002 
Venue:  Jordan Hall, New England Consevatory 
Length: 14 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: This selection also features pre-recorded tape. 
9.
And It Flew Upside Down by Eric Chasalow
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: This selection was electronically realized at the composer's own home
and at the Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio (BEAMS). 

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