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Carter: To Music, Tarantella, Harvest Home / John Oliver Chorale


Release Date: 11/17/1998 
Label:  Koch International Classics Catalog #: 7415   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Elliott Carter
Performer:  Annette AnfinrudMartin AmlinFrank CorlissAlan Brody
Conductor:  John Oliver
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Oliver ChoraleOrchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Warm, romantic, witty and wry are not terms usually associated with the music of Elliott Carter, but that is the best way to describe the music on this recording. Carter is the dean of American composers and his music impresses with its probing intellect and rhythmic complexity. Mostly known for his instrumental music, this recording presents a rare opportunity to hear some of Carter's early choral works, mostly written for amateur choirs and consequently simpler in style. Dating from the 1930s and 40s, many of the works on the recording are world premieres.
This is a consistently rewarding recording filled with surprises and excellent performances by the John Oliver Chorale. For example 'Heart Not So Heavy As Mine' and 'Musicians
Read more Wrestle Everywhere' are both settings of Emily Dickinson poems in which Carter slowly weaves independent vocal lines to create a sound that is not unlike a Renaissance madrigal. On a larger, more complex scale is the witty 'The Defense of Corinth' set to a text by Rabelais and scored for speaker, men's chorus and two pianos. The men deliver a masterful performance of this tricky piece that requires singing, speaking, whispering and hissing. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
To Music by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Annette Anfinrud (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Oliver
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Oliver Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Emmanuel Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 8 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Tarantella by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Martin Amlin (Piano), Frank Corliss (Piano)
Conductor:  John Oliver
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Oliver Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Emmanuel Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Harvest Home by Elliott Carter
Conductor:  John Oliver
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Oliver Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937/1997 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Emmanuel Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Ver: 1997 
4.
Emblems by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Frank Corliss (Piano), Martin Amlin (Piano)
Conductor:  John Oliver
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Oliver Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  Emmanuel Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 14 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Let's be gay by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Martin Amlin (Piano), Frank Corliss (Piano)
Conductor:  John Oliver
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Oliver Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Emmanuel Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Heart not so heavy as mine by Elliott Carter
Conductor:  John Oliver
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Oliver Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  Emmanuel Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
The Defense of Corinth by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Alan Brody (Spoken Vocals), Frank Corliss (Piano), Martin Amlin (Piano)
Conductor:  John Oliver
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Oliver Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Emmanuel Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 13 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
The Harmony of Morning by Elliott Carter
Conductor:  John Oliver
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  John Oliver Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1992 
Venue:  Emmanuel Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 9 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Musicians Wrestle Everywhere by Elliott Carter
Conductor:  John Oliver
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Oliver Chorale
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1997 
Venue:  Emmanuel Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 

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