WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Carter: Partita; Berio: Continuo; Takemitsu / Barenboim


Release Date: 06/06/1995 
Label:  Teldec   Catalog #: 99596   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Elliott CarterLuciano BerioToru Takemitsu
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 weeks.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Carter’s programme note explains that the Partita depicts ‘the many changes and oppositions of mood that make up our experience of life’, and that it ‘seeks an awareness of motion when flying or driving a car, not the plodding of horses or marching of soldiers’. Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony meet this music head-on. From its arresting opening, the Chicago’s vividly recorded, powerfully driven performance highlights the contrast between long melodic lines and spare, staccato harmonic events in a compelling account that winningly conveys the octogenarian Carter’s youthful joie de vivre. Berio’s Continuo presents a more rigorous, architectural structure. It was described in the notes as ‘a symphonic piece with a chamber character’, and Read more the Chicago’s deft control of this music’s continuous sound space, interrupted by flickering, complex instrumental virtuosity, reveals a potently hypnotic, ever- changing musical landscape. The rich harmonic language of Takemitsu’s Visions owes much to Messiaen and Debussy; and the Tokyo Metropolitan SO’s version of it (Denon CO-79441), is appropriately responsive to the work’s pointillistic tonal variation. However, inspired by the ‘live’ recording conditions, the Chicago luxuriate more expansively in the music’s spacious atmosphere, with subtle shifts of orchestral colour that emphasise the piece’s seductive, mysterious quality.
Performance: 5 (out of 5) Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Nicholas Rast, BBC Music Magazine
Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Partita for Orchestra by Elliott Carter
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/01/1994 
Venue:  Live  Cologne, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 43 Secs. 
2. Continuo by Luciano Berio
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989-1991; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/09/1993 
Venue:  Live  Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 21 Minutes 55 Secs. 
3. Visions by Toru Takemitsu
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; Japan 
Date of Recording: 01/09/1993 
Venue:  Live  Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 13 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Toru Takemitsu 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook