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Complete George Crumb Edition Vol 13: American Songbooks Ii & Iv / Freeman, Martin, Orchestra 2001, Et Al


Release Date: 11/11/2008 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9275   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Crumb
Performer:  Barbara Ann MartinAngela NelsonMarcantonio BaroneDavid Nelson,   ... 
Conductor:  James Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra 2001
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Crumb is a national treasure, and one of the very few contemporary composers whose new works are worth waiting for. These song cycles (American Songbooks I and III) are masterpieces, plain and simple, and you must hear them."

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

George Crumb's series of "American Songbooks" has been the composer's primary occupation during the last decade, and the largest project of the composer's career. American Songbooks II and IV were composed for the forces that give them their premiere recording on this two-disc set. Each cycle lasts about 45 minutes, setting 8 songs with one instrumental interlude. Each cycle is scored for a percussion quartet (playing more than
Read more 100 instruments) and amplified piano. The soprano Barbara Ann Martin and Orchestra 2001 have been among George Crumb's greatest champions, and are the dedicatees of both of these cycles. As George Crumb nears his 80th birthday in 2009, Bridge Records nears completion of its Complete Crumb Edition. On Bridge's Complete Crumb Edition, the composer has not only supervised all of the recordings, but has also taken part in them as pianist, percussionist and narrator.
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Works on This Recording

1.
American Songbook 2 - "A Journey Beyond Time" by George Crumb
Performer:  Barbara Ann Martin (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra 2001
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003 
Notes: Subtitled: Songs of Despair and Hope - A Cycle of Afro-American Spirituals 
2.
American Songbook 4 - "The Winds of Destiny" by George Crumb
Performer:  Barbara Ann Martin (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra 2001
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2004 
Notes: Subtitled: Songs of Strife, Love, Mystery and Exultation - A Cycle of American Civil War Songs, Folk Songs and Spirituals 
3.
American Songbook 2 - "A Journey Beyond Time" by George Crumb
Performer:  Angela Nelson (Percussion), Marcantonio Barone (Piano), Barbara Ann Martin (Soprano),
David Nelson (Percussion), Susan Jones (Percussion), William Kerrigan (Percussion)
Conductor:  James Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra 2001
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003 
Length: 35 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
American Songbook 4 - "The Winds of Destiny" by George Crumb
Performer:  Angela Nelson (Percussion), Marcantonio Barone (Piano), Barbara Ann Martin (Soprano),
David Nelson (Percussion), Susan Jones (Percussion), William Kerrigan (Percussion)
Conductor:  James Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra 2001
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2004 
Length: 43 Minutes 21 Secs. 

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