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Alvin Singleton


Release Date: 06/21/2005 
Label:  First Edition   Catalog #: 43   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Alvin Singleton
Conductor:  Louis LaneRobert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This Alvin Singleton collection originally was released on Nonesuch in 1989. Singleton composes in more or less typical late-20th-century style that skirts the edges of tonality, with more emphasis on the music's physical sound than on its melodic content. Thus, there's great variety of texture and frequent timbral contrast if not confrontation among various orchestral sections. The brief After Fallen Crumbs (composed in memory of Martin Luther King Jr) is just such a study in dramatic effects, beginning with Corigliano-like brass eruptions and ending with agitated strings.

The mood shifts from frenzied activity to meditative stillness in Shadows, which is a sort of grand passacaglia based on a brief chorale-like theme vaguely
Read more reminiscent of Mussorgsky. The music proceeds through a series of minimalist (à la Reich) permutations as it builds to a powerful, sustained climax, after which the opening calm returns.

Despite its intriguing title, A Yellow Rose Petal is the least compelling of the three works. Yet another study in sonic contrast, the music's procession of tone clusters and provocative instrumental effects makes much of the work sound like cinematic background music. We've pretty much heard all this before--many times over. Still, this doesn't prevent the Atlanta Symphony players from giving their all and providing virtuoso performances, with Louis Lane conducting After Fallen Crumbs and A Yellow Rose Petal, while the late Robert Shaw takes the baton in Shadows. The recording is somewhat low-level, but cranking the volume reveals an impressively reproduced orchestral sound.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
After Fallen Crumbs by Alvin Singleton
Conductor:  Louis Lane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/01/1988 
Venue:  Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Shadows by Alvin Singleton
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/18/1987 
Venue:  Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia 
Length: 22 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
A Yellow Rose Petal by Alvin Singleton
Conductor:  Louis Lane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/01/1988 
Venue:  Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia 
Length: 16 Minutes 39 Secs. 

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