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Charles Wuorinen - On Alligators


Release Date: 01/25/2005 
Label:  Tzadik   Catalog #: 8010   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Mark SteinbergPeter KolkayJennifer FrautschiSunghae Anna Lim,   ... 
Conductor:  Charles WuorinenHerbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony OrchestraBrentano String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Four masterpieces by one of the world’s greatest composers of classical concert music, including three pieces that have never been released before. The fourth quartet is perhaps Wuorinen’s most complex and exciting composition, and it receives a passionate performance by the prestigious Brentano Quartet. Also included is the intense and colorful chamber piece On Alligators, conducted by the composer, and a moody piece for organ performed by one of the world’s greatest organists on one of the world’s greatest organs. Completing this eclectic program of Wuorinen as you’ve never heard him before, is the phenomenal Third Piano Concerto, newly remastered and reworked by the composer himself. Intense and beautiful music by a modern master. Four masterpieces by one of the world’s greatest composers of classical concert music, including three pieces that have never been released before. The fourth quartet is perhaps Wuorinen’s most complex and exciting composition, and it receives a passionate performance by the prestigious Brentano Quartet. Also included is the intense and colorful chamber piece On Alligators, conducted by the composer, and a moody piece for organ performed by one of the world’s greatest organists on one of the world’s greatest organs. Completing this eclectic program of Wuorinen as you’ve never heard him before, is the phenomenal Third Piano Concerto, newly remastered and reworked by the composer himself. Intense and beautiful music by a modern master. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
On Alligators by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Mark Steinberg (Violin), Peter Kolkay (Bassoon), Jennifer Frautschi (Violin),
Sunghae Anna Lim (Violin), Richard O'Neill (Violin), Fred Sherry (Cello),
Charles Neidich (Clarinet), Charles Wuorinen (Piano), Serena Canin (Violin),
Garrick Ohlsson (Piano), Misha Amory (Viola), Nina Lee (),
Kevin Bowyer (Organ), Gerard Reuter (Oboe), Tara Helen O'Connor (Flute)
Conductor:  Charles Wuorinen,  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/13/2002 
Venue:  Live  Merkin Concert Hall, New York City 
Length: 14 Minutes 50 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Strings no 4 by Charles Wuorinen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brentano String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/09/2001 
Venue:  Live  Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, NJ 
Length: 21 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
Natural Fantasy for Organ by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/04/2004 
Venue:  Chapel, St. Augustine, Tonbridge, Kent 
Length: 12 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 3 by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (), Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982-1983; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/22/1987 
Venue:  Davis Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 28 Minutes 49 Secs. 

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