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Carter: Eight Compositions / Group For Contemporary Music


Release Date: 06/28/1994 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9044   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Elliott Carter
Performer:  Charles NeidichHarvey SollbergerFred SherryRolf Schulte,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Elliott Carter’s two major string/piano duos – the Cello Sonata of 1948 and the 1974 Duo for violin and piano – here balance six of the short works for one, two or three players, tributes and playful arabesques, which have so unexpectedly thronged his latest decade of creativity. The result is an invaluable, kaleidoscopic introduction to one of the liveliest instrumental minds of our time. Fred Sherry and Charles Wuorinen fluently dispatch the four-movement Cello Sonata, the earliest and apparently most ‘traditional’ work in the collection. Yet this is where Carter first refined his ideas of metrical modulation, conflict and cross-purpose between players: mainstream Americana turning Cubist and many-dimensional. It’s also eloquent, even Read more gabby, and volatile in the sense of forever aspiring to flight. In the single-movement, mosaic-like Duo the torrential discourse continues without any reference to traditional tonality or structure, but Rolf Schulte and Martin Goldray here turn in a far more amiable and beguiling version of this ragged, mercurial work than did Robert Mann and Christopher Oldfather two years ago on Sony. The short pieces, from the guitar study Changes (1983) to last year’s Gra for clarinet in homage to Lutoslawski, aren’t exactly miniatures, but relaxed fantasies of tone colour and technique: ‘tennis matches for the imagination’ is the striking image in David Schiff’s liner notes. Amiably and insistently they test the virtuosity of the individual instrumentalists, and the members of the Group for Contemporary Music rise joyfully to their challenges in nicely realistic, not over-bright sound.

-- Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Gra by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/12/1993 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, New York 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
Enchanted Preludes for Flute and Cello by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Harvey Sollberger (Flute), Fred Sherry (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/20/1993 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Duo for Violin and Piano by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Rolf Schulte (Violin), Martin Goldray (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973-1974; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/08/1993 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, New York 
Length: 21 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Scrivo in Vento by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Harvey Sollberger (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/20/1993 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
5.
Changes by Elliott Carter
Performer:  David Starobin (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/10/1994 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 46 Secs. 
6.
Con Leggerezza Pensosa by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Rolf Schulte (Violin), Fred Sherry (Cello), Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/16/1993 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, New York 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7.
Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Rolf Schulte (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/10/1992 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
8.
Sonata for Cello and Piano by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Fred Sherry (Cello), Charles Wuorinen (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/10/1992 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, New York 
Length: 19 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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