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Music Of Mario Davidovsky Vol 3 / Speculum Musicae


Release Date: 09/27/2005 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9171   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mario Davidovsky
Performer:  Curtis MacomberAleck KarisEric BartlettMaureen Gallagher,   ... 
Conductor:  Jeffrey Milarsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan School of Music Percussion EnsembleSpeculum Musicae
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD presents six new recordings of Mario Davidovsky compositions spanning a period of nearly thirty-five years, performed by some of his leading champions. Featured are three of Davidovsky’s “Synchronisms” pieces for instruments and electronic sounds. This series of path-breaking works (including the Pulitzer Prize-winning No. 6 for piano and electronics) incorporates some of the Argentine-born Davidovsky’s best known compositions. The Synchronisms series presents the listener with brilliantly imagined ‘sonic-spaces’ that combine extreme instrumental virtuosity with an accompanying pre-recorded track that utilizes both electronic and concrete sounds. The music that Davidovsky offers is notable for its highly musical interweaving of Read more materials from radically differing sound sources. In addition to the Synchronisms pieces, three chamber works round out this collection. Duo Capriccioso, heard in its first recording, is a whimsical dialogue between violin and piano. Quartetto contrasts delicate unison writing with ferociously biting tuttis; and Chacona is a granitic masterpiece of heroic virtuosity. CD annotator Eric Chasalow writes that “Davidovsky was already a composer of great accomplishment when Aaron Copland brought him from Argentina to Tanglewood in 1959. There, Milton Babbitt recognized the young composer’s potential and made the crucial suggestion that he travel to New York City.” Davidovsky eventually became director of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, where he came into contact with Edgard Varèse and many other leading musicians of the day. Chasalow calls Davidovsky “one of the truly original musical voices to have emerged from post war America....with this music we are drawn into a world that is highly coherent, elegant and compelling.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Synchronisms no 5 for Percussion and Tape by Mario Davidovsky
Conductor:  Jeffrey Milarsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manhattan School of Music Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/01/2004 
Venue:  Manhattan School of Music, NYC 
Length: 8 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2. Duo Capriccioso by Mario Davidovsky
Performer:  Curtis Macomber (Violin), Aleck Karis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; USA 
Venue:  KAS Studios, Astoria, NY 
Length: 9 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3. Synchronisms no 6 for Piano and Tape by Mario Davidovsky
Performer:  Aleck Karis (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Venue:  KAS Studios, Astoria, NY 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4. Synchronisms no 9 for Violin and Tape by Mario Davidovsky
Performer:  Curtis Macomber (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
Venue:  KAS Studios, Astoria, NY 
Length: 8 Minutes 50 Secs. 
5. Chacona by Mario Davidovsky
Performer:  Eric Bartlett (Cello), Aleck Karis (Piano), Curtis Macomber (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
Venue:  KAS Studios, Astoria, NY 
Length: 8 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6. Quartet for Flute and Strings "Quartetto no 1" by Mario Davidovsky
Performer:  Maureen Gallagher (Viola), Eric Bartlett (Cello), Curtis Macomber (Violin),
Susan Nidel (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987 
Venue:  KAS Studios, Astoria, NY 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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