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Carter / Lorraine Vaillancourt, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne


Release Date: 07/09/2002 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 22280   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Elliott Carter
Performer:  Simon AldrichAlain GiguereJacques Drouin
Conductor:  Lorraine Vaillancourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The works on this disc date from 1982 to 1996 and offer a varied overview of Elliott Carter's astonishing (and, as of this writing, still ongoing) creative Indian summer. Two larger-scaled compositions, Triple Duo (written in 1982/83) and the recent Clarinet Concerto, bracket seven selections culled from Carter's latter-day series of short works for small forces. The composer's complex, jagged rhythmic structures and super-refined textural deployment have long been assimilated into the performing vocabulary of world-class contemporary music practitioners. Not surprisingly, the members of Montreal's Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, individually and collectively speaking, turn in absolutely first-rate, committed, clearly articulated performances on Read more every level. Not all, though, necessarily supercede earlier recorded versions.


For instance, I prefer the fleeter Ensemble Contrasts rendition of the flute/cello duo Enchanted Preludes (CPO) for its wider dynamic contrasts and more agile contrapuntal interplay, and I'm more impressed with the fluid force Charles Rosen and Ursula Oppens bring to 90 + for solo piano than I am with the admirable pianism Jacques Drouin demonstrates here. On the other hand, Atma's engineers beef up the Clarinet Concerto's important percussion parts to more persuasive effect than on DG's world-premiere recording, and clarinet soloist Gilles Plante's warmer, rounder tone markedly contrasts to Michael Collins' drier, more aggressive approach to Carter's darting passagework. And the Montreal musicians dive into the Triple Duo's swashbuckling challenges with no less fire and authority than Oliver Knussen's reference recorded version. Carter fans, old and new alike, won't go wrong by aquiring this excellent release. [7/27/2002]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Enchanted Preludes for Flute and Cello by Elliott Carter
Conductor:  Lorraine Vaillancourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
2. Triple Duo by Elliott Carter
Conductor:  Lorraine Vaillancourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982-1983; USA 
3. Con Leggerezza Pensosa by Elliott Carter
Conductor:  Lorraine Vaillancourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; USA 
4. Gra by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Simon Aldrich (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
5. Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Alain Giguere (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
6. Esprit rude/esprit doux by Elliott Carter
Conductor:  Lorraine Vaillancourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
7. Concerto for Clarinet by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Simon Aldrich (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Lorraine Vaillancourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
8. Esprit rude/esprit doux II by Elliott Carter
Conductor:  Lorraine Vaillancourt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nouvel Ensemble Moderne
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
9. 90+ by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Jacques Drouin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 

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