Carter: Eight Compositions / Group For Contemporary Music

Release Date: 6/28/1994
Label: Bridge
Catalog Number: BCD9044
Composer: Elliott Carter
Orchestra/Ensemble: Group for Contemporary Music
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Elliott Carter’s two major string/piano duos – the Cello Sonata of 1948 and the 1974 Duo for violin and piano – here balance six of the short works for one, two or three players, tributes and playful arabesques, which have so unexpectedly thronged his latest decade of creativity. The result is an invaluable, kaleidoscopic introduction to one of the liveliest instrumental minds of our time. Fred Sherry and Charles Wuorinen fluently dispatch the four-movement Cello Sonata, the earliest and apparently most ‘traditional’ work in the collection. Yet this is where Carter first refined his ideas of metrical modulation, conflict and cross-purpose between players: mainstream Americana turning Cubist and many-dimensional. It’s also eloquent, even gabby, and volatile in the sense of forever aspiring to flight. In the single-movement, mosaic-like Duo the torrential discourse continues without any reference to traditional tonality or structure, but Rolf Schulte and Martin Goldray here turn in a far more amiable and beguiling version of this ragged, mercurial work than did Robert Mann and Christopher Oldfather two years ago on Sony. The short pieces, from the guitar study Changes (1983) to last year’s Gra for clarinet in homage to Lutoslawski, aren’t exactly miniatures, but relaxed fantasies of tone colour and technique: ‘tennis matches for the imagination’ is the striking image in David Schiff’s liner notes. Amiably and insistently they test the virtuosity of the individual instrumentalists, and the members of the Group for Contemporary Music rise joyfully to their challenges in nicely realistic, not over-bright sound.

-- Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine
Works on This Recording
Performer: Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993 ; USA
2. Enchanted Preludes for Flute and Cello by Elliott Carter
Performer: Fred Sherry (Cello), Harvey Sollberger (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1988 ; USA
3. Duo for Violin and Piano by Elliott Carter
Performer: Rolf Schulte (Violin), Martin Goldray (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1973-1974 ; USA
4. Scrivo in Vento by Elliott Carter
Performer: Harvey Sollberger (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1991 ; USA
5. Changes by Elliott Carter
Performer: David Starobin (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1983 ; USA
6. Con Leggerezza Pensosa by Elliott Carter
Performer: Fred Sherry (Cello), Rolf Schulte (Violin), Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1990 ; USA
7. Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi by Elliott Carter
Performer: Rolf Schulte (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1984 ; USA
8. Sonata for Cello and Piano by Elliott Carter
Performer: Fred Sherry (Cello), Charles Wuorinen (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948 ; USA
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