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George Crumb Edition, Vol. 15 - Ghosts Of Alhambra

Release Date: 01/11/2011 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9335   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Crumb
Performer:  Daniel DruckmanPatrick MasonDavid StarobinJamie van Eyck
Conductor:  James Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra 2001
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

George Crumb returns to his favorite poet, Lorca, for the texts of Ghosts of Alhambra, even including one (Malagueña) that he set previously. Crumb's style by now is well known: the extended performance techniques (both vocal and instrumental), evocative percussion, and the atmospheric contrast between tonal and non-tonal materials. This work is a trio, for baritone, guitar, and one percussionist. It's a sign of Crumb's compositional virtuosity at this late stage that there's not a trace of thinness to his textures. The guitar writing is exquisite, and exquisitely played by David Starobin. Daniel Druckman handles the kitchen implements, while baritone Patrick Mason couldn't sound better. Read more />
Voices from a Forgotten World, for mezzo-soprano, baritone, piano (amplified), and percussion quartet, is the fifth in Crumb's American Songbook series, an amazing set of works in which familiar song tunes are re-imagined in consistently wonderful ways. This particular collection includes such classics as Simple Gifts, The House of the Rising Sun, and an expressionistic treatment of Beautiful Dreamer. One of the more satisfying aspects of this series is that the various songbooks can be combined to make rewarding, evening-length programs, thereby (hopefully) helping to guarantee them the exposure that they deserve. As with The Ghosts of Alhambra, the performances are all that one could ask for, and the engineering is, as usual for this series, superb. Not to be missed.

--David Hurwitz,
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Works on This Recording

Spanish Songbook 1 "The Ghosts of Alhambra" by George Crumb
Performer:  Daniel Druckman (Percussion), Patrick Mason (Baritone), David Starobin (Guitar)
Written: 2009 
American Songbook 5 - "Voices from a Forgotten World" by George Crumb
Performer:  Patrick Mason (Baritone), Jamie van Eyck (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  James Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra 2001
Written: 2006 

Sound Samples

The Ghosts of Alhambra: I. Alba (Dawn)
The Ghosts of Alhambra: II. Las Seis Cuerdas (The Six Strings)
The Ghosts of Alhambra: III. Danza (Dance)
The Ghosts of Alhambra: IV. Paisaje (Landscape)
The Ghosts of Alhambra: V. ¡Ay!
The Ghosts of Alhambra: VI. Malaguena
The Ghosts of Alhambra: VII. Memento
Voices from a Forgotten World: I. Bringing in the Sheaves
Voices from a Forgotten World: II. Somebody Got Lost in a Storm
Voices from a Forgotten World: III. The House of the Rising Sun
Voices from a Forgotten World: IV. Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!
Voices from a Forgotten World: V. I Wonder as I Wander
Voices from a Forgotten World: VI. Song of the Thunder
Voices from a Forgotten World: VII. 'Tis the Gift to Be Simple
Voices from a Forgotten World: VIII. Beautiful Dreamer
Voices from a Forgotten World: IX. Firefly Song
Voices from a Forgotten World: X. The Demon Lover (A Ghostly Ballad)

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