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Crumb: Vox Balaenae / Robert Aitken, New Music Concerts


Release Date: 12/12/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559205   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Crumb
Performer:  David SwanDavid HeatheringtonRobert AitkenTeri Dunn,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Music Concerts Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This fine collection offers impressive performances that reveal George Crumb's broad expressive range within his own personal idiom. Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) and Eleven Echoes of Autumn are the two biggest pieces, the former curiously "Eastern" in its opening flute arabesques, and at times playful, the latter darker and more harmonically challenging, but no less evocative. Federico's Little Songs for Children (1986) continues the composer's involvement with the magical poetry of Lorca. It's wonderfully scored for flutes and harp, and beautifully sung by Teri Dunn, who manages to make all of the noises Crumb demands with an aptly seductive timbre. An Idyll for the Misbegotten, for amplified flute and percussion, is the Read more shortest piece, but it packs a lot of brooding atmosphere into its scant 10 minutes.


The performances are all very good indeed. Robert Aitken directs and takes the flute parts in all four works, and his timbre acts as the program's unifying thread. All of this music has been recorded before, either by Bridge in its complete edition, or elsewhere on individual releases (you can find An Idyll and Vox Balaenae on a celebrated New World release containing Jan DeGaetani's performance of the four books of Madrigals), but you can certainly purchase this economical, well-engineered disc with complete confidence if the couplings suit your fancy.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Vox balaenae by George Crumb
Performer:  David Swan (Piano), David Heatherington (Cello), Robert Aitken (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Music Concerts Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
2.
Federico's Little Songs for Children by George Crumb
Performer:  Teri Dunn (Soprano), Robert Aitken (Flute), Erica Goodman (Harp)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Music Concerts Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986 
3.
An Idyll for the Misbegotten by George Crumb
Performer:  Ryan Scott (Percussion), Richard Sacks (Percussion), Trevor Tureski (Percussion),
Robert Aitken (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Music Concerts Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
4.
Eleven Echoes of Autumn by George Crumb
Performer:  Robert Aitken (Alto Flute), Fujiko Imajishi (Violin), David Swan (Piano),
Joaquin Valdepeñas (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Music Concerts Ensemble

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