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George Crumb: Orchestral Music / Thomas Conlin, Et Al

Release Date: 05/31/2005 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9174   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Crumb
Performer:  Joseph AlessiGeorge CrumbPaul CesarczykSusan Narucki
Conductor:  Thomas Conlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic OrchestraWarsaw Philharmonic ChorusWarsaw Boys' Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It makes sense for Bridge to release a collection of George Crumb's orchestral music drawn from its ongoing complete edition. The performances are all outstanding, the sonics are terrific, and music lovers who shy away from Crumb's chamber works surely will find these pieces endlessly fascinating. None of them has been over-exposed on disc. Star-Child enjoys its first official recording (the premiere is tucked away in one of the New York Philharmonic's limited-edition boxes), while A Haunted Landscape also is getting its first satisfactory CD outing. Indeed, the only problem is that Crumb has written so little music for full orchestra--which is not surprising given its logistical difficulties in
Read more performance, not to mention the composer's love of hovering on the edge of silence. His is an intimate art, even if his command of color and sometimes primal violence make his rare orchestral excursions invariably fascinating. Hopefully, this disc will encourage collectors to sample more of his work in other media.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

A Haunted Landscape by George Crumb
Conductor:  Thomas Conlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/2001 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland 
Length: 15 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Star Child by George Crumb
Performer:  Joseph Alessi (Trombone), George Crumb (Hand Bells), Paul Cesarczyk (Hand Bells),
Susan Narucki (Soprano)
Conductor:  Thomas Conlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus,  Warsaw Boys' Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977; USA 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland 
Length: 35 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (07/1999 - 08/1999) 
Echoes of Time and the River "Echoes 2" by George Crumb
Conductor:  Thomas Conlin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland 
Length: 18 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw, Poland (08/27/2002 - 08/30/2002) 

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