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Just Guitars - Harrison, Partch, Et Al / John Schneider


Release Date: 05/27/2003 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9132   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Lou HarrisonHarry PartchTerry RileyCarter Scholz,   ... 
Performer:  John SchneiderRebekah RaffGene Sterling
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John Schneider is back, several years after his delightful survey of guitar music by West Coast composers for Bridge, aptly titled "Just West Coast". This new collection features more goodies in alternate tunings by Lou Harrison and Harry Partch, as well as an engaging five-minute minimalist study by Carter Scholz called Rhythmicon (for 17 justly tuned guitars), and a rather less than interesting Lament by Schneider himself, recorded with way too much ambient noise and squeaking of fingers across the frets. But that's the only minor disappointment in an otherwise marvelous collection.


The major works here from Harrison include Scenes from Nek Chand and the lovely Plaint and Variations on "Song of
Read more Palestine". Both show this composer in vintage "East meets West" form, and Schneider plays them beautifully as he also does the smaller numbers. He has the perfect raw-toned and laconic singing voice for Harry Partch's strangely haunting music for voice and guitar. December 1942 and Three Intrusions especially, with poetic sources ranging from Shakespeare to Tsurayuki, come off sounding as natural and inevitable as day passes into night.


Terry Riley's well-known Harp of New Albion rounds out this collection in commanding style, with Schneider sustaining the work's 14-plus minutes seemingly without effort. As noted, with the strange exception of Schneider's own piece, Bridge's sonics are typically first class. Guitar recordings come thick and furious each month, and most are so much alike that "been there, heard that" hardly begins to describe them; but Schneider's discs are something special, and certainly worth the wait.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Scenes from Nek Chand by Lou Harrison
Performer:  John Schneider (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; USA 
2.
Tandy's Tango by Lou Harrison
Performer:  John Schneider (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
3.
Cinna by Lou Harrison
Performer:  John Schneider (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955-1957; USA 
4.
Palace Music by Lou Harrison
Performer:  John Schneider (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971/1988; USA 
Notes: Ver: 1988 
5.
Plaint and Variations on "Song of Palestine" by Lou Harrison
Performer:  John Schneider (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USA 
6.
Serenade for Guitar by Lou Harrison
Performer:  John Schneider (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
7.
December 1942 by Harry Partch
Performer:  John Schneider (Guitar), John Schneider (Voice)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
8.
The Letter by Harry Partch
Performer:  John Schneider (Voice), Rebekah Raff (Kithara), John Schneider (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943/1972; USA 
Notes: Ver: 1943 
9.
Harp of New Albion by Terry Riley
Performer:  John Schneider (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
Notes: Arranged: Terry Riley (1995) 
10.
Rhythmicon 1 by Carter Scholz
Performer:  John Schneider (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
Notes: This performance utilizes a computer program. 
11.
Eleven Intrusions: The Rose by Harry Partch
Performer:  John Schneider (Voice), John Schneider (Guitar), Gene Sterling (Diamond Marimba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
12.
Eleven Intrusions: The Crane by Harry Partch
Performer:  John Schneider (Voice), Gene Sterling (Diamond Marimba), John Schneider (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
13.
Eleven Intrusions: The Waterfall by Harry Partch
Performer:  John Schneider (Guitar), John Schneider (Voice), Gene Sterling (Diamond Marimba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
14.
Lament by John Schneider
Performer:  John Schneider (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 

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