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Crumb: Quest / Speculum Musicae

Release Date: 11/19/1996 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9069   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Crumb
Performer:  Daniel DruckmanDonald PalmaKaren LindquistDonald Sinta,   ... 
Conductor:  William Purvis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A feathery stroke on a cymbal – then a faint rustling of fourths on the harp, like a guitar’s open strings – then a stuttering phrase from an African talking drum. That’s how movement two (‘Dark Paths’) from Quest begins, and it is typical of the way Crumb’s music seems to be scratched, in tiny, delicate marks, on the surface of an underlying silence. It’s a measure of Crumb’s cunning sense of pace and timing that these haunting, moody sounds, suggestive of vast empty spaces, don’t quickly pall. Wit is present too: the guitar is imitated, first by harp, then by percussion, so that when the guitar eventually appears, you’re not sure if it’s the real thing. Much, though, depends on the performance, which needs a certain robustness to prevent Read more those evanescent colours from sounding fey. On this disc Crumb is brilliantly served by the New York music group Speculum Musicae. Especially fine are the agile and alert guitar-playing of David Starobin and the poised, cool sound of soprano Susan Narucki.

-- Ivan Hewett, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Quest by George Crumb
Performer:  Daniel Druckman (Percussion), Donald Palma (Double Bass), Karen Lindquist (Harp),
Donald Sinta (Soprano Saxophone), David Starobin (Concertina), Erik Charlston (Percussion),
David Starobin (Guitar)
Conductor:  William Purvis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 
Date of Recording: 03/19/1995 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Federico's Little Songs for Children by George Crumb
Performer:  Susan Palma (Flute), Stacey Shames (Harp), Susan Narucki (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  MasterSound Astoria, New York 
Night Music no 1 by George Crumb
Performer:  Christopher Oldfather (Piano), Susan Narucki (Soprano), Christopher Oldfather (Celesta),
Jim Baker (Percussion), Daniel Druckman (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963/1976; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/02/1995 
Venue:  MasterSound Astoria, New York 

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