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Speculum Musicae Plays The New Danes


Release Date: 02/28/1995 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9054   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Karl Aage RasmussenBent SorensenHans AbrahamsenPoul Ruders
Performer:  Susan PalmaDaniel DruckmanAllen BlustineAleck Karis,   ... 
Conductor:  Donald PalmaDavid StarobinWilliam Purvis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The success rate here is remarkably high. In this modest survey of contemporary Danish music there is not a single dud: on the contrary, one work seems a near masterpiece, another is very good indeed and the remaining two are beautifully imagined and crafted. Eleven years separate the eldest composer, Karl Aage Rasmussen (born 1947), from the youngest, Bent Sørensen. Rasmussen’s Movements on a Moving Line, composed in 1988 and scaled down last year for the eight instruments of Speculum Musicae, is a skilfully sustained single span that beautifully interweaves four types of music, the most telling being a lame, regretful waltz; Sørensen’s The Deserted Churchyards (1990) is a brooding and elliptical piece of scene-painting, Read more economical and effective. To British audiences at least Hans Abrahamsen and Poul Ruders are more familiar names. Abrahamsen’s Winternacht (1978) has been performed in London, though not, I think, in this scaled-down version; the precision and poetic intensity of these miniatures, inspired by the poetry of Trakl, are as extraordinary as ever. And while Ruders’s 1993 setting of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Bells doesn’t seem the most powerful of his recent works, it still conjures up dark and baleful images with a sure dramatic touch.

-- Andrew Clements, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Movements on a Moving Line by Karl Aage Rasmussen
Performer:  Susan Palma (Piccolo), Daniel Druckman (Percussion), Susan Palma (Flute),
Susan Palma (Alto Flute), Allen Blustine (Clarinet), Aleck Karis (Piano),
Eric Bartlett (Cello), Erik Charlston (Percussion), David Starobin (Guitar),
Curtis Macomber (Viola), Curtis Macomber (Violin)
Conductor:  Donald Palma
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988/1994; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 16 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1994 
2.
The Deserted Churchyards by Bent Sorensen
Performer:  Eric Bartlett (Cello), Daniel Druckman (Percussion), Allen Blustine (Clarinet),
Susan Palma (Alto Flute), Susan Palma (Flute), Curtis Macomber (Violin),
Susan Palma (Piccolo), Aleck Karis (Piano)
Conductor:  David Starobin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 8 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Winternacht by Hans Abrahamsen
Performer:  Curtis Macomber (Violin), David Starobin (Guitar), Aleck Karis (Piano),
Erik Charlston (Percussion), Allen Blustine (Clarinet), Susan Palma (Alto Flute),
Eric Bartlett (Cello), Susan Palma (Piccolo), Susan Palma (Flute)
Conductor:  William Purvis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976-1978; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 13 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Hans Abrahamsen (1987) 
4.
The Bells by Poul Ruders
Performer:  Lucy Shelton (Soprano), Curtis Macomber (Violin), Aleck Karis (Piano),
Carl Albach (Trumpet), Lois Martin (Viola), Stephen Taylor (Oboe),
Marji Danilow (Double Bass), Allen Blustine (Clarinet), Allen Blustine (Bass Clarinet),
William Purvis (French Horn)
Conductor:  David Starobin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 04/1994 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 17 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 

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