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Crumb: Ancient Voices of Children, Music for a Summer Evening / DeGaetani


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79149   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  George Crumb
Performer:  Michael DashJan DeGaetaniRichard FitzGilbert Kalish,   ... 
Conductor:  Arthur Weisberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If an album's longevity is any indication of a work's success and acceptance, then George Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children has secured its niche. Recorded in 1971 with Jan de Gaetani and Arthur Weisberg's Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, it has stayed in Nonesuch's catalog far longer than most other avant-garde works of the time. Much of this work's appeal is attributable to the haunting images in the poems by Federico García Lorca, which carry the imagination into a dark and mystical realm that seems utterly real and personal. For all their exotic sounds and inventive effects, Crumb's settings are always sensitive to the concept of duende ("spirit" may be the best one-word translation) underlying Lorca's words. But more Read more than any other factor, de Gaetani's flawless performance makes this recording unforgettable. So closely is the sound of her voice tied to Ancient Voices -- Crumb had her in mind when he composed the songs -- that her influence will surely be felt in performances yet to come. Crumb's Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III), released in 1974, was almost as popular and influential as the preceding work, but its novel effects and overt mysticism seem contrived and sometimes ludicrous, and the piece does not achieve the sublime heights of Ancient Voices.

-- Blair Sanderson, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ancient Voices of Children by George Crumb
Performer:  Michael Dash (Boy Soprano), Jan DeGaetani (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Arthur Weisberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
2.
Music for a Summer Evening "Makrokosmos Vol 3" by George Crumb
Performer:  Richard Fitz (Percussion), Gilbert Kalish (Piano), James Freeman (Piano),
Raymond Des Roches (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USA 

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