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Julia Wolfe: Arsenal Of Democracy / Spit Orchestra, Lark Quartet, Cassatt Quartet

Label:  Point Music   Catalog #: 454054   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Julia Wolfe
Conductor:  Bradley LubmanJurjen Hempel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  SPIT OrchestraLark String QuartetVolharding Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ms. Wolfe's work is unconcerned with subtle gradations in texture, color or dynamics; she likes her music dense in texture, dark in color and just plain loud... But the cumulative impact is exhilarating and, on occasion, amusingly self-deprecating...

-- K. Robert Schwarz, The New York Times [6/30/1996]

...Wolfe's demanding pieces sound as if she constructed them out of shards of notes discarded by less inventive composers, and from them she creates a mosaic whose beauty appears only when heard as a carefully united whole...

-- Option [11-12/1997]

Arsenal of Democracy is the first solo recording by deconstructionist composer Julia Wolfe. Wolfe, who is the co-founder of
Read more New York's annual Bang On a Can festival, takes the orchestra from its traditional methods of emotional coaxing and replaces them with a ballistic immediacy that challenges the entire impression of what modern orchestration can achieve. The five pieces contained on Arsenal of Democracy weave rich layers of minimal, almost indeterminate constructs that define freedom by deconstructing traditional orchestral cogency. Through her music, Wolfe confronts the same romantic questions that addressed themselves to American artists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and John Cage: why does tradition set the standards by which to judge modern art when evolution is always in progress? Musical evolution is reinforced by artists like Wolfe who choose to feel the things around them for themselves instead of relying on the template of the past. On Arsenal of Democracy, Wolfe conducts the SPIT Orchestra, Lark Quartet, Orkest de Volharding, Cassatt String Quartet, and Newband. Wolfe's first recording has a unique, democratic freedom that strikes without warning and doesn't need to be reminded of a theme.

-- Greg Matherly, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Tell Me Everything by Julia Wolfe
Conductor:  Bradley Lubman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  SPIT Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Early That Summer by Julia Wolfe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lark String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Arsenal of Democracy by Julia Wolfe
Conductor:  Jurjen Hempel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Volharding Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Four Marys by Julia Wolfe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cassatt String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
Length: 10 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Steam by Julia Wolfe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Newband
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 54 Secs. 

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