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Broken Consort - Anderson, Biscardi, Braxton, Etc / Cygnus


Release Date: 06/27/2000 
Label:  Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog #: 834   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William AndersonChester BiscardiAnthony BraxtonSebastian Currier,   ... 
Performer:  Oren FaderWilliam AndersonJohn WhitfieldTara Helen O'Connor,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cygnus Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Cygnus Ensemble is structured rather like an Elizabethan consort, with its strings (violin, cello, 2 guitars) and winds (flute, oboe). But though they may derive inspiration from a distant era, Cygnus dedicates itself to contemporary music, bringing along the clarity and directness of the ancient "broken consort." John Halle's 'Spooks' is a charmingly harrowing journey through an unpredictable landscape that draws upon jazz and pop music as well as serialism and minimalism. David Lang's 'Frag' is Reich-like minimalism as it might have been performed by a traveling ensemble during Shakespeare's time. Anthony Braxton is a saxophonist and composer who works both sides of the street-that is, in both improvised and composed forms, inspired Read more by Stockhausen as much as Charlie Parker. His Composition No. 186 is baroque, minimalist and rhythmic in the African and Indian traditions all at once. For the serial fans, there's a spare, poignant suite of songs by Charles Wuorinen. The Cygnus Ensemble balances novel aplomb with a warm, inviting precision, lending cohesion and affability to this set of contemporary works. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ear Conception by William Anderson
Performer:  Oren Fader (Guitar), William Anderson (Guitar), John Whitfield (Cello),
Tara Helen O'Connor (Flute), Jacqueline Leclair (Oboe), Jacqueline Carrasco (Violin),
Joan Forsyth (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cygnus Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994-1995 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 23 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Resisting Stillness by Chester Biscardi
Performer:  Oren Fader (Guitar), William Anderson (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cygnus Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
Composition no 186 by Anthony Braxton
Performer:  John Whitfield (Cello), William Anderson (Guitar), Oren Fader (Guitar),
Jacqueline Leclair (Oboe), Tara Helen O'Connor (Flute), Jacqueline Carrasco (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cygnus Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 12 Minutes 10 Secs. 
4.
Broken Consort by Sebastian Currier
Performer:  William Anderson (Guitar), Oren Fader (Guitar), Jacqueline Leclair (Oboe),
Tara Helen O'Connor (Flute), John Whitfield (Cello), Jacqueline Carrasco (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cygnus Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 14 Minutes 14 Secs. 
5.
Spooks by John Halle
Performer:  William Anderson (Guitar), Oren Fader (Guitar), Jacqueline Leclair (Oboe),
Tara Helen O'Connor (Flute), John Whitfield (Cello), Jacqueline Carrasco (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cygnus Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 7 Minutes 54 Secs. 
6.
Frag by David Lang
Performer:  Jacqueline Leclair (Oboe), Tara Helen O'Connor (Flute), John Whitfield (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cygnus Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 6 Minutes 58 Secs. 
7.
Cygnature Piece by Robert Pollock
Performer:  Elizabeth Farnum (Guitar), Jacqueline Carrasco (Violin), William Anderson (Guitar),
Tara Helen O'Connor (Flute), Jacqueline Leclair (Oboe), John Whitfield (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cygnus Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 9 Minutes 29 Secs. 
8.
Fenton Songs by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  William Anderson (Guitar), Oren Fader (Guitar), John Whitfield (Cello),
Elizabeth Farnum (Soprano), Jacqueline Carrasco (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cygnus Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997-1998 
Date of Recording: 09/1999 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase 
Length: 9 Minutes 44 Secs. 

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