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Crumb: Ancient Voices Of Children, Etc /James Freeman, Et Al

Release Date: 01/19/1999 
Label:  Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog #: 803   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Crumb
Performer:  Barbara Ann MartinMarcantonio BaroneJames FreemanGeoffrey Michaels,   ... 
Conductor:  James Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra 2001Orchestra 2001 members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

'Ancient Voices of Children' was commissioned by the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation and written by George Crumb while he was in residence at Tanglewood in 1970. The work is part of an extended series of vocal compositions set to the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca. 'Ancient Voices of Children' is scored for mezzo-soprano, boy soprano, oboe, harmonica, mandolin, harp, electric and toy pianos, percussion and musical saw. The wildly eclectic instrumentation creates some stunning tonal colors and effects that compliment Lorca's haunting imagery.
Soprano Barbara Ann Martin is up to the fiendish challenges that Crumb presents to the soloist, including vocalized tongue clicks, purrs and sneezes. Orchestra 2001 provides the colorful
Read more instrumental support with remarkable work by pianist Marcantonio Barone. Barone is also the soloist in Crumb's 'A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979.' These seven meditations inspired by Giotto's Nativity Frescoes present constant challenges to the soloist. Barone excels at the percussive exuberance of the "Nativity Dance" as well as the tenderness of "Berceuse for the Infant Jesus." 'Three Early Songs' and 'Dream Sequence' round out this recording of music by the always fascinating Crumb. Read less

Works on This Recording

Ancient Voices of Children by George Crumb
Performer:  Barbara Ann Martin (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra 2001
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1997 
Venue:  Lang Hall, Swarthmore College, PA 
Length: 24 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
A Little Suite for Christmas, AD 1979 by George Crumb
Performer:  Marcantonio Barone (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/08/1998 
Venue:  Lang Hall, Swarthmore College, PA 
Length: 13 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Early Songs (3) by George Crumb
Performer:  Barbara Ann Martin (Soprano), James Freeman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/02/1997 
Venue:  Lang Hall, Swarthmore College, PA 
Length: 8 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Dream Sequence "Images no 2" by George Crumb
Performer:  Geoffrey Michaels (Violin), Susan Hemington Jones (Percussion), Lori Barnet (Cello),
James Freeman (Piano), Sonja Downing (Glass Armonica), Ken Williams (Glass Armonica),
Sydney Foster (Glass Armonica)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra 2001 members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/10/1997 
Venue:  Lang Hall, Swarthmore College, PA 
Length: 14 Minutes 22 Secs. 

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