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Elliott Carter Edition, Vol. 9

Carter / Rosen / Sinfonietta / Smirnoff
Release Date: 05/14/2013 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9396   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Elliott Carter
Performer:  Tony ArnoldSteven BeckDavid StarobinRosalind Rees,   ... 
Conductor:  Scott YooJoel Smirnoff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colorado College Festival OrchestraBasel SinfoniettaSlowind Wind Quintet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This retrospective disc presents music composed by the late Elliott Carter over a period of more than 70 years. Unquestionably, the major work presented here is the late Charles Rosen’s performance of Carter’s Piano Concerto. Rosen, a great advocate of Carter’s music, had recorded most of Carter’s solo piano music over the course of his long career, though he never made a studio recording of Carter’s brilliant concerto. The release of this radio recording, featuring the superb Basel Sinfonietta, conducted by Joel Smirnoff, was one of Rosen’s last wishes. Volume 9 of Bridge’s ongoing Carter series opens with vocal works of Carter’s from the 30s and 40s, and proceeds to Steven Beck’s electrifying accounts of late solo piano music, and the Read more Slowind Quintet’s performance of Carter’s quintet, Nine by Five, completed during the composer’s 101st year. Read less

Works on This Recording

Warble for Lilac Time by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Tony Arnold (Soprano)
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colorado College Festival Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Voyage by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Tony Arnold (Soprano)
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colorado College Festival Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Two Thoughts About the Piano by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Steven Beck (Piano)
Written: 2007; United States 
Tell me where is fancy bred by Elliott Carter
Performer:  David Starobin (Guitar), Rosalind Rees (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Concerto for Piano by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Charles Rosen (Piano)
Conductor:  Joel Smirnoff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basel Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964-1965; USA 
Tri-Tribute by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Steven Beck (Piano)
Written: 2007-2008 
Nine by Five by Elliott Carter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slowind Wind Quintet
Written: 2009 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A marvelous final recording November 9, 2013 By Emanuel Overbeeke (Utrecht,, Netherlands) See All My Reviews "Charles Rosen doesn’t try in any sense to make Carter’s Piano Concerto less resistible than it is. Even the apparent independence from soloist and orchestra is kept in full glory. Besides Rosen’s playing is both extremely precise and utterly unpredictable. The conductor, in the Netherlands mainly known as a former member of the Juilliard String Quartet, emphasizes the undisguised expressionism, the unexpected outbursts, the apparent harmony without centre and a rhythm in which pulse is mainly determined by intuition. Since its premiere the music has hardly become more accessible, but the fact that no less than five performances of it are available at this moment, speaks volumes about the quality of the work. From those five, this one is by far the best. Once I tried to persuade Rosen to make a record of this concerto, if possible with a conductor of the affinity with Carter’s music like Oliver Knussen. (On you tube one can find a 2008 performance of Rosen’s Double Concerto with Carter and Oppens, Knussen conducting.) My plan failed and Rosen died last year. In retrospect I am glad with the live performance, since in concert Rosen often played less strained than in the recording studio, though there are exceptions. (One of them being Rosen’s second recording of Carter’s Double concerto, recently rereleased on ArkivMusc.) Rosen’s performance has a spontaneity without being sweet in any sense; better is it to describe it as ruthless . The music and the performance have everything people resent in modernism, but listen to the concerto in combination with images of the situation in which it was written (Berlin just after the wall was put in place) and the music sounds extremely intense, making modernism utterly fascinating, expressive and human. Music and performance fully deserve repeated listening. Emanuel Overbeeke, The Netherlands" Report Abuse
 Worthy addition to Bridge's series July 1, 2013 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "In the 9th volume of Bridge Record's Elliot Carter series is an interesting collection of old and the new. <br /> <br /> The old is represented by some of Carter's works from the 1940's - two works for soprano and orchestra, plus the intimate "Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred" for soprano and guitar. All three works have the tonal American sound of Aaron Copland and Roy Harris, but the harmonies are slightly more adventuresome. <br /> <br /> The new consists of three piano works, all composed between 2005 and 2009. This is Carter at his most advanced and complex. The temporal modulations, the advanced atonal structure, and the incredibly technical challenges are all there -- and admirably handled by pianist Steven Beck. <br /> <br /> Linking these two groups is Carter's 1964 Piano Concerto, performed by Charles Rosen. When heard in order, the works on this release reveals insights about Carter, and his growth as a composer. As pleasant as they sound, one can hear the seeds of his highly personal style in the 1940's works. The piano concerto still has echoes of that earlier tonal style, and look forward to the final three piano works on the album. <br /> <br /> This is an album that rewards careful listening, and is an important addition to Elliot Carter's musical legacy." Report Abuse
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