Notes and Editorial Reviews
These two works were commissioned in 1978 by the chamber group Tashi, which used the same unusual line-up as Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time: clarinet, violin, cello and piano. They are recorded here by a successor to Tashi called Antares.
The late Peter Lieberson named his piece after the commissioning group itself. It's a five movement work with a scherzo in the middle followed by a slow movement. Despite using 12-tone techniques, it feels relatively free in developing its often short-winded ideas, though there's no lack of concentration.
Roger Reynold's piece is looser and sparer, deriving its material from passages in a novel by Gabriel García Márquez. The idea is that in each
movement the solo instrument shapes the phrasing of the musical lines, while the other instruments shadow it. The result is often intriguing, and beautifully balanced by both performers and sound engineers.
George Hall, BBC Music Magazine [1/2012]
You will enjoy this recording as I did for any number of reasons. This is exciting, provocative contemporary music with a strong emotional grounding and the performance of Antares is quite impressive. New Focus Recordings is a performer-run independent with a clear commitment to new music and new artists. I certainly enjoyed this release and look forward to more!
-- Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition [11/16/11] Read less
Works on This Recording
Shadowed Narrative by Roger Reynolds
Period: 20th Century
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