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American Classics - Nancarrow: Pieces For Small Orchestra, String Quartet / Continuum


Release Date: 06/21/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559196   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Conlon Nancarrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This Conlon Nancarrow collection originally appeared on a 1990 Musical Heritage Society disc. The iconoclastic Nancarrow is known primarily as a composer of music for player piano, a path he felt compelled to embark on when he could not secure satisfactory performances of his exceedingly difficult music. And indeed, the dazzling poly-rhythms and the dizzying multi-tempos of Study No. 15, Prelude and Blues, and Sonatina No. 15 (which violently juxtaposes classical and jazz elements) at times sound beyond the reach of reproduction by a single human being, though they are brilliantly performed here in four-hand piano arrangements.


While Nancarrow's chamber and orchestral music
Read more doesn't push physical limits in the same manner, there is a decidedly modernist bent to the String Quartet No. 1, Trio Movement, and Piece No. 2 for Small Orchestra, which at times brings to mind Nancarrow's contemporaries Stravinsky and Hindemith. Piece No. 1 fuses this style with that of New Orleans jazz, making for some clever and captivating music.


All of the works in this collection receive enthusiastic and stunningly exacting performances by ensemble Continuum, which makes even repeated listening quite compelling--as does the vivid and dynamic recorded sound. An essential disc, and Naxos' budget price makes it easy for the Nancarrow-curious to finally take the plunge. [8/8/2005]
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Piece for Small Orchestra no 1 by Conlon Nancarrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; Mexico 
2.
Piece for Small Orchestra no 2 by Conlon Nancarrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; Mexico 
3.
Toccata for Violin and Player Piano by Conlon Nancarrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Mexico 
4.
Study for Player Piano no 15 by Conlon Nancarrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1960; Mexico 
5.
Tango? by Conlon Nancarrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984 
6.
Sonatina for Piano by Conlon Nancarrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Mexico 
7.
Quartet for Strings no 1 by Conlon Nancarrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; Mexico 
8.
Prelude for Piano by Conlon Nancarrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Boston, Massachusett 
9.
Trio for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano: Movement by Conlon Nancarrow
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 

Sound Samples

Piece No. 1 for Small Orchestra
Toccata for Violin and Player Piano
Prelude and Blues
Studies for Player Piano, Vol. 1 (arr. Y. Mikhashoff): Study No. 15 (trans. Y. Mikhashoff)
Tango?
Sonatina (arr. Y. Mikhashoff): I. Presto
Sonatina (arr. Y. Mikhashoff): II. Moderato
Sonatina (arr. Y. Mikhashoff): III. Allegro molto
Trio No. 1: Trio Movement
String Quartet No. 1: I. Allegro molto
String Quartet No. 1: II. Andante moderato
String Quartet No. 1: III. Prestissimo
Piece No. 2 for Small Orchestra

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