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Carter: Double Concerto; Musgrave, Et Al / Laimon, Sequitur

Release Date: 09/30/2003 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 607   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Harold MeltzerDavid RakowskiThea MusgraveElliott Carter
Performer:  Sara LaimonDaniel GraboisDaniel PannerSteven Beck
Conductor:  Paul Hostetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequitur
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Soloists and ensemble[s] alike give a powerful performance....finishes far too soon."

-- Time Out New York

"...[Harold] Meltzer wields a wide range of influences...with such style and grace that it's hard to decide whether his music or his ensemble deserves greater commendation"

-- Gramophone

For seven years, the New York-based contemporary music ensemble Sequitur has been re-defining the concert by finding new contexts for new music. Through staging events incorporating theater and dance, or producing tantalizing cabarets on themes like lust and greed, Sequitur turns the traditional sanctimonious contemporary music experience upside down. On this disc, they
Read more re-examine the contemporary American concerto. Although it dates back to Baroque composers in the late 17th century, the concerto reached its artistic pinnacle with Romantic composers of the 19th and early 20th century. But what does the concerto mean in the United States at the beginning of the 21st century, when personal freedoms are threatened both by indiscriminate acts of terrorism and by responses that many find necessary in order to preserve safety and stability? For starters, the paradigm of "us versus them" - the message behind the concertino and ripieno of the Baroque concerto grosso as well as the heroic romantic solo concerto - seems outmoded. We shun the model of a group controlling an individual, just as we shun this model turned inside out. And our view of an individual now is rarely one of hero, or anti-hero, or even of complete self-determination. All of these ideas affect the concerto of today, where the role of the soloist is not always clearly defined, where other players may rise as soloists at times and then disappear again into the fabric, where sub-groups may compete with the soloist and with each other for prominence, where the soloist may not be poised to interact and hopefully to triumph. Even the word "concerto" may be suspect: Only Elliott Carter's work among the four on this disc employs the word "concerto" in its title.
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Works on This Recording

Virginal by Harold Meltzer
Performer:  Sara Laimon (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Paul Hostetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequitur
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Locking Horns by David Rakowski
Performer:  Daniel Grabois (French Horn)
Conductor:  Paul Hostetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequitur
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; USA 
Length: 18 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Lamenting with Ariadne by Thea Musgrave
Performer:  Daniel Panner (Viola)
Conductor:  Paul Hostetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequitur
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; United Kingdom 
Length: 16 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Sara Laimon (Harpsichord), Steven Beck (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Hostetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequitur
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959-1961; USA 
Length: 22 Minutes 38 Secs. 

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