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George Crumb Edition Vol. 17 - Voices from the Morning of the Earth

Release Date: 06/02/2015 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9445   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Crumb
Performer:  Ann CrumbRandall ScarlataPaul HerrickRachel Rudich,   ... 
Conductor:  James Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra 2001
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Voices From The Morning Of The Earth: A Cycle of American Songs from North and South, East and West (2008) is the sixth of seven American Songbooks that occupied George Crumb for most of the millennium’s opening decade. This recording (Volume 17 of Bridge's Crumb Edition) completes Bridge's cycle of Crumb's American Songbooks. The seven songbooks are approximately five hours in length, and constitute George Crumb's magnum opus. Also on this CD is Crumb's Idyll for the Misbegotten. The composer writes that “flute and drum are to me those instruments which most powerfully evoke the voice of nature. I have suggested that ideally (even if impractically) my Idyll should be “heard from afar, over a lake, on a moonlit evening in August.” The Read more Sleeper with words by Edgar Allan Poe, transforms Poe's lugubrious meditation on a dead beloved (“Soft may the worms about her creep!”) into a haunting ode to a woman slumbering beneath the “mystic moon.” Read less

Works on This Recording

American Songbook 6 "Voices from the Morning of thr Earth" by George Crumb
Performer:  Ann Crumb (Soprano), Randall Scarlata (Baritone)
Conductor:  James Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra 2001
Written: 2008 
An Idyll for the Misbegotten by George Crumb
Performer:  Paul Herrick (Percussion), Rachel Rudich (Flute), David Colson (Percussion),
A.j. Matthews (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
The Sleeper by George Crumb
Performer:  Ann Crumb (Soprano), Marcantonio Barone (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

Customer Reviews

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 Folk songs (and Bob Dylan) made new July 30, 2015 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews ""Voices from the Morning of the Earth" is subtitled "American Songbook VI" and for good reason. The songs are a collection of folk songs, most African-American, some cowboy, and two popular folk tunes -- Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind" and Pete Seeger's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." The songs' melodies are left intact -- although Crumb does break them down into individual phrases to work with. And while one phrase may be set in one key, the next may have a different tonal center. The disjointed nature of the phrases, and the clouds of sound that swirl around them cast these songs in new light. I had heard the Dylan and Seeger songs so many times I no longer responded to them. Crumb strips away the good-time sing-along feel of those songs and gives them renewed emotional power. Sometimes its a dark power indeed. And made me pay attention and really consider the message in the words. Also included is "An Idyll for the Misbegotten" (Images III) for amplified flute and percussion, and "The Sleeper" for mezzo-soprano and amplified piano. Both are atmospheric works that share some similarities with "Voices from the Morning." But without the anchor of the folk song, the works drift off to their own wonderfully strange (but perfectly logical) destinations. Another important addition to the Bridge Records' George Crumb edition." Report Abuse
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