American Percussion Works / Asmussen, Walentin, Thorel, Percurama Percussion Ensemble

Release Date: 1/29/2021
Label: Naxos
Catalog Number: 8574244
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 56 Minutes

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

American Percussion Works is a rare collection of seldom heard works each with specific rules or themes as a basis for the compositions. In John Cage’s First Construction the principle is based on the figure 16. Alberto Ginastera’s work Cantata para America Magica, uses pre-Columbian texts based on the conditions of human life, with war, natural phenomena, daybreak, night and love. Lou Harrison mixes non-European forms which ‘follow the pattern of having a single melodic part accompanied (or enhanced) by rhythmic percussion’ in his Koncherto. Varese’s Ionisation also enters a new land being his first solely percussive work where ‘he finds a new grammar for the language of music.’

Works on This Recording
1. First Construction (in Metal) by John Cage
Orchestra/Ensemble: Percurama Percussion Ensemble
Written: 1939 ;
2. I. Preludio y canto a la aurora by Alberto Ginastera
Performer: Signe Asmussen (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Percurama Percussion Ensemble
Written: 1960 ;
3. II. Nocturno y canto de amor by Alberto Ginastera
Performer: Signe Asmussen (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Percurama Percussion Ensemble
Written: 1960 ;
4. III. Canto para la partida de los guerreros by Alberto Ginastera
Performer: Signe Asmussen (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Percurama Percussion Ensemble
Written: 1960 ;
5. IV. Interludio fantástico by Alberto Ginastera
Performer: Signe Asmussen (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Percurama Percussion Ensemble
Written: 1960 ;
6. V. Canto de agonía y desolación by Alberto Ginastera
Performer: Signe Asmussen (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Percurama Percussion Ensemble
Written: 1960 ;
7. VI. Canto de la profecía by Alberto Ginastera
Performer: Signe Asmussen (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Percurama Percussion Ensemble
Written: 1960 ;
8. I. Allegro maestoso, Allegro vivace by Lou Harrison
Performer: Niklas Walentin (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Percurama Percussion Ensemble
Written: 1959 ;
9. II. Largo, cantabile by Lou Harrison
Performer: Niklas Walentin (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Percurama Percussion Ensemble
Written: 1959 ;
10. III. Allegro vigoroso, poco presto by Lou Harrison
Performer: Niklas Walentin (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Percurama Percussion Ensemble
Written: 1959 ;
11. Ionisation by Edgard Varèse
Orchestra/Ensemble: Percurama Percussion Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929-1931 ; USA
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