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Ruth Crawford Seeger: Chamber Works / Aventure, Pellegrini


Release Date: 05/16/2000 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999670   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ruth Crawford Seeger
Performer:  Urla KahlWolfgang RüdigerWalter IfrimChristian Hommel,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aventure EnsemblePellegrini String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Ruth Crawford Seeger hit her creative stride in the late 1920s/early 1930s. The four Diaphonic Suites are essentially exercises in dissonant counterpoint, either real or implied. The lusher suites for piano and strings and five winds plus piano represent major steps en route to the tersely argued, landmark 1931 String Quartet, Crawford's masterpiece. The Suite for Wind Quintet, completed not long before Crawford's premature death from cancer, recaptures much of the composer's erstwhile jagged style from a mellower vantagepoint. This disc fleshes out the well-rounded picture presented in Deutsche Grammophon's 1997 Seeger compilation, and offers more ferocious, less outwardly elegant readings of the
Read more aforementioned Wind Quintet Suite and String Quartet. The performers play with admirable care, authority, and flexible musicianship, and are gorgeously recorded. What more can one ask? This is an important release that sheds valuable light on a fascinating figure in the annals of American 20th century music.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Wind Quintet by Ruth Crawford Seeger
Performer:  Urla Kahl (French Horn), Wolfgang Rüdiger (Bassoon), Walter Ifrim (Clarinet),
Christian Hommel (Oboe), Martina Roth (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aventure Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Hans Rosebaud-Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 10 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2.
Diaphonic Suites (4): no 1 for Flute/Oboe solo by Ruth Crawford Seeger
Performer:  Christian Hommel (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Hans Rosebaud-Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings by Ruth Crawford Seeger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pellegrini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Hans Rosebaud-Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 11 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Suite no 2 for Piano and Strings by Ruth Crawford Seeger
Performer:  Reinhard Roth (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pellegrini String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Hans Rosebaud-Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 11 Minutes 25 Secs. 
5.
Diaphonic Suites (4): no 3 for 2 Clarinets by Ruth Crawford Seeger
Performer:  Walter Ifrim (Clarinet), Ian Semple (Clarinet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Hans Rosebaud-Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
6.
Suite for 5 Winds and Piano by Ruth Crawford Seeger
Performer:  Reinhard Roth (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aventure Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927/1929; Chicago, Illinois, U 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Hans Rosebaud-Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 10 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1927 
7.
Diaphonic Suites (4): no 4 for Oboe and Celle by Ruth Crawford Seeger
Performer:  Christian Hommel (Oboe), Helmut Menzler (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Hans Rosebaud-Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 7 Minutes 5 Secs. 
8.
Diaphonic Suites (4): no 2 for Bassoon and Cello by Ruth Crawford Seeger
Performer:  Wolfgang Rüdiger (Bassoon), Helmut Menzler (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1999 
Venue:  Hans Rosebaud-Studio, Baden-Baden 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 

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