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Carter: The Vocal Works (1975-1981) / Speculum Musicae


Release Date: 02/19/1993 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9014   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Elliott Carter
Performer:  Christine SchadebergAleck KarisSusan PalmaBenjamin Hudson,   ... 
Conductor:  Donald PalmaRobert BlackWilliam PurvisDavid Starobin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Bridge disc features the expert New York chamber group Speculum Musicae, and has an attractive rarity as opener, the Three Poems of Robert Frost, composed in 1942 when Carter was still an obedient, highly effective adherent of the 'open-air' Coplandesque style, but orchestrated with exuberant resourcefulness as recently as 1980...The account of Syringa (1978), the most complex and hermetic of the vocal works, with its superimposition of the soprano's Robert Ashbery poem on a collection of ancient Greek texts sung by the bass, may strike listeners (and especially attentive score-readers) as more careful than inspired. But as it proceeds it conveys the spirit of the work's intricate yet impassioned enquiry into the sources and Read more spaces of creativity very well. Momentum is maintained, and the instrumental detail is clear and precise.

A Mirror on which to Dwell (1976) is less ambitious, though these settings of six poems by Elizabeth Bishop are marvellously refined in sonority the vocal line ranging from lingering lyricism to subtly-patterned declamation. Christine Schadeberg characterizes the texts alertly, especially the tricky syntax of ''O Breath''...

It is indeed gratifying to find record companies so prompt in acknowledging the importance of the Carter phenomenon, and with performances that, if not always ideal in every respect, are for the most part worthy of this extraordinary music."

-- Arnold Whittall, Gramophone [2/1990]
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Works on This Recording

1. A Mirror on which to Dwell by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Christine Schadeberg (Soprano), Aleck Karis (Piano), Susan Palma (Flute),
Benjamin Hudson (Violin), Lois Martin (Viola), Eric Bartlett (Cello),
Dennis James (Double Bass), Allen Blustine (Clarinet), Joseph Passaro (Percussion),
Stephen Taylor (Oboe)
Conductor:  Donald Palma
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 17 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. In Sleep, In Thunder by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Donald Palma (Double Bass), Ronald Roseman (Oboe), Allen Blustine (Clarinet),
William Purvis (French Horn), Donald MacCourt (Bassoon), Susan Palma (Flute),
Jonathan Taylor (Trombone), Raymond Mase (Trumpet), Joseph Passaro (Percussion),
Aleck Karis (Piano), Benjamin Hudson (Violin), Carol Zeavin (Violin),
John Graham (Viola), Christine Schadeberg (Soprano), Eric Bartlett (Cello)
Conductor:  Robert Black
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1987 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 20 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
3. Syringa by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Allen Blustine (Clarinet), Stephen Taylor (English Horn), Daniel Druckman (Percussion),
Aleck Karis (Piano), Katherine Ciesinski (Mezzo Soprano), Benjamin Hudson (Violin),
Lois Martin (Viola), Susan Palma (Alto Flute), Eric Bartlett (Cello),
Donald Palma (Double Bass)
Conductor:  William Purvis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1988 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, NYC 
Length: 18 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. Three Poems of Robert Frost by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Donald Palma (Double Bass), Eric Bartlett (Cello), John Graham (Viola),
Carol Zeavin (Violin), Benjamin Hudson (Violin), Aleck Karis (Piano),
Oren Fader (Guitar), Donald MacCourt (Bassoon), Robert Yamins (Clarinet),
Allen Blustine (Clarinet), Ronald Roseman (Oboe), Patrick Mason (Baritone),
Susan Palma (Flute)
Conductor:  David Starobin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1987 
Venue:  RCA Studio A, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Version: 1980 for baritone and chamber ensemble 

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