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Elliott Carter (1908-2012)

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A mix of early music with contemporary works:


Sequenza VI for viola

Carter, E:

Figment No. 4 for viola


Sonata for Solo Viola, Op. 25 No. 1


Einspielung III

Zimmermann, B A:

Sonata for Solo Viola

1. Tant Plus Ayme

2. Messagesquisse

3. Malor me bat

4. Canzona nuova

5. Ricercare 1

6. Ricercare une melodia

7. Madrigale X (Quinto libro)

8. Elettra

Christophe Desjardins (viola)

Accustomed to singular journeys and daring propositions, Christophe Desjardins now offers us a veritable comprehensive survey devoted to his instrument. Viola/Multiples, a double-CD set, reflects a large portion of his activity as a performer: his fruitful collaboration with today’s leading composers and an ever-renewed desire to decompartmentalise genres and repertoires. The first disc, Solo, invites us to stroll through the 20th century, visiting masterpieces for solo viola, from Hindemith to Berio. The second disc, Multiples, uses contemporary works mixed with pieces of early music. Christophe Desjardins gives us a world première recording of Pierre Boulez’s Messagesquisse but also increasing his instrument in other ways, creating dialogues between Gilles Binchois and Jonathan Harvey, Carlo Gesualdo and Wolfgang Rihm.

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Choral Works by Thompson, Carter & Shifrin

Carter, E:

To Music For Unaccompanied Mixed Chorus


The Odes of Shang

Thompson, R:


The University of Michigan Chamber Choir

Members of the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Hilbish

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American Clarinet Concertos

American Clarinet Concertos

Carter, E:

Clarinet Concerto

Corigliano, J:

Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra

Eddy Vanoosthuyse (clarinet)

Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Meyer

A tribute to American music! An opportunity to sample some of the most up-to-date American music, with two masterpieces in the concertante genre: the clarinet concertos of Elliott Carter and John Corigliano.

Presented here by leading interpreters of this music, these two pieces are emblematic of the rich stylistic diversity of the American continent.

John Corigliano’s Clarinet Concerto of 1977 showcases the soloist’s virtuosity. It is a highly sensitive work in which the clarinettist plays the role of a valiant hero weathering the storm, the tumultuous, tempestuous material of the orchestra, glinting like a flash of lightning among the discordant detonations of the horns and the thunderclaps of the percussion. But the tumult soon makes way for dreams, the purely melancholy power of the music of this American master, sometimes recalling the most moving moments of his Violin Concerto, which served as material for François Girard’s film The Red Violin (Oscar for Best Film Score 1999).

A different style and a different way of introducing the narrative is found in Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto, composed twenty years later, in 1997. This piece gives the impression of a veritable musical dramaturgy, in which each instrument is treated individually. The composer also treats the concerto itself in a new way, since he sets up an alternating dialogue between the soloist and each of the instrumental groups, which are independent of each other and laid out in a semicircle. The style of the work is characterised by both virtuosity and precision in the articulations and the accents. Elliott Carter, whose 104th birthday is celebrated this year, is unquestionably one of the most inventive composers of his time.

Two worlds, two visions, given a magnificent performance by the clarinet of Eddy Vanoosthuyse under the baton of Paul Meyer.

“Vanoosthuyse clearly has a special affinity for these demanding concertos and advocates their character with concentration and assurance. There’s highly persuasive support from the Brussels Philharmonic. The sound is satisfactory and warmly atmospheric.” MusicWeb International, March 2013

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American Music for Percussion Volume 2

American Music for Percussion Volume 2

Carter, E:

Tintinnabulation for percussion ensemble

Child, P:


Cohen, Edward:

Acid Rain




The First Voices

New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, Frank Epstein

A varied collection ranging from Elliott Carter’s enigmatic Tintinnabulation for unpitched percussion instruments to Fred Lerdahl’s high-spirited The First Voices, from Edward Cohen’s gamelan-inspired Acid Rain and Peter Child’s clangorous Refrain to John Harbison’s Cortège, a loving and sometimes angry tribute to his late friend, the composer Donald Sur. Volume 1 is available on 8559683.

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Americans in Rome

Americans in Rome

Music by Fellows of the American Academy in Rome


In the Dark Pinewood

Beggar's Song

Of that so sweet imprisonment

Sleep Now


Four Dickinson Songs

Hila Plitman (soprano), Donald Berman (piano)


Prescription for Living


Spider Love


Three Intermezzi

Ole Akahoshi (cello)

Bun-Ching Lam:

(solo) = (duo)

Patti Monson (flute)

Carter, E:

Warble for Lilac Time


Tony Arnold (soprano)


Sound Reasoning in the Tower of Babel

Donald Berman (piano)


Fantasy Rondo

Donald Berman (piano)


There Were Two Swans

Hanson, H:

Pastorale for oboe, harp & strings (or oboe & piano), Op. 38

Laura Ahlbeck (oboe), Donald Berman (piano)


Beyond Words

Opus One Piano Quartet

Helfer, W:


Donald Berman (piano)



Mythic Birds of Saugerties

Tim Smith (alto saxophone, bass clarinet)


Dandelion Wine

Collage Music Ensemble, David Hoose


My Friend Mozart

Donald Berman (piano)

Johnson, Hunter:

Piano Sonata

Donald Berman (piano)


Mozart en Route

Ida Kavafian (violin), Steven Tenenbom (viola), Peter Wiley (cello)


Songs from Michelangelo No. 1

Lang, D:


Patti Monson (flute), Donald Berman (piano)

Layton, B J:

Three Studies for Piano, Op. 5

Donald Berman (piano)



Trio Solisti



Jonathan Bagg (viola), Donald Berman (piano)


The Dolphins

Susan Narucki (soprano), Chris Pedro Trakas (baritone), Donald Berman (piano)



John Leisenring (trombone with tape)



Trio Solisti


Look Down Fair Moon


For Wittgenstein


Bagatelle No. 4

Donald Berman (piano)

Bagatelle No. 5

Donald Berman (piano)

Rush, L:

Oh, Susanna

Donald Berman (piano)


Two Tableaux and Malinche's Aria from Montezuma

Susan Narucki (soprano)


Six for Five Wind Quintet

The Curiously Strong Wind Quintet


The Forest of the Dead Trees


Violin Sonata

Sunghae Anna Lim (violin), Donald Berman (piano)

Thompson, R:




Donald Berman (piano)



Richard Stoltzman (clarinet), Yehudi Wyner (piano)

Donald Berman (Artistic Director)

This four disc collection contains works by thirty-seven composers who composed these pieces while in residence at the American Academy in Rome.Composers include the well known: Samuel Barber, Elliott Carter, and Roger Sessions; the largely forgotten: Charles Naginski, Alexander Lang Steinert, Walter Helfer; and many of today's most active American voices: Robert Beaser, David Rakowski, Aaron Jay Kernis, Paul Moravec, Stephen Hartke, and David Lang.

Curated by Donald Berman, the disc features performances by many of today's leading performers of contemporary music, including Richard Stoltzman, Yehudi Wyner, Susan Narucki, Tony Arnold, Fred Sherry, Daniel Druckman, and Curtis Macomber. A 64 page booklet with complete song texts, notes and biographies accompanies this landmark release

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Carter, E:

Figment No. 2 'Remembering Mr Ives'

Dillon, J:

Parjanya Vata


Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher


Sacher Variation


impro 1 intro drum

impro 2 whistle chase

impro 3 the A dance

impro 5 shallow breath

impro 6 moon umbrella

impro 7 twister song

impro 8 bounce phase

impro 9 conclusion


A Kaleidoscope for M.C.E.



Mikolaj Palosz (cello)

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Contrechant: Music for Solo Clarinet

Contrechant: Music for Solo Clarinet


Lied for clarinet (1983)

Carter, E:

Gra for clarinet


Dervish dance





Let me Die before I Wake

Vajda, G:


Reto Bieri (clarinet)

The highly gifted Swiss clarinettist Reto Bieri makes his ECM New Series debut with ‘Contrechant’, a brilliant recital for solo clarinet that looks at new developmental possibilities in the ‘language’ of the instrument in modern music. A wonderful panorama of contemporary music for clarinet by giants of new music – Elliott Carter (the grand old man of US music who celebrates his 103rd birthday in December), Heinz Holliger, Luciano Berio, Peter Eötvös and Salvatore Sciarrino plus an intriguing work by much discussed young Hungarian composer Gergely Vajda.

Beautifully recorded with producer Manfred Eicher in St Gerold, the works chosen by Bieri for this enterprising programme are Berio’s Lied (1983); Holliger’s Contrechant (2007) and Rechant from the following year; Let me die before I wake (1982) by Salvatore Sciarrino; Carter’s Gra (1993); Eötvös’s Derwischtanz (1993/2001); and Lightshadow-trembling, a piece composed by Gergely Vajda in1993. Bieri worked closely with composers Carter, Holliger, Eötvös, Sciarrino and Vajda toward the optimum realization of the pieces heard here. Collectively the works address the new language of the contemporary clarinet.

Reto Bieri was born in Zug, Switzerland, in 1975, and grew up listening to Swiss folk music before discovering the world of classical music. He studied the clarinet in Basel and at the Juilliard School in New York, and his musical development was also strongly influenced by chamber music lessons from composer György Kurtag and pianist Krystian Zimerman.

In 2001 Bieri won the UNESCO-sponsored International Rostrum for Young Performers award, and since then has been invited to play all over the world, as soloist and chamber musician. His musical partners include violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellist Sol Gabetta, and he’s performed chamber music with Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Dénes Varjon, Gautier Capuçon, Raphael Oleg, Carolin Widmann, Gérard Wyss, the Carmina, Casals and Petersen Quartets, and the Altenberg Trio. He has also collaborated with the Rosamunde Quartet, and projects in preparation include performances of Tigran Mansurian’s Double Concerto for Clarinet and Violoncello with ex-Rosamunde cellist Anja Lechner.

“Holliger's Contrechamps, in particular, is a veritable compendium of clarinet effects, including several uncanny moments when the clarinet seems to play parallel chords...Reto Bieri makes all these sounds seem musical, even the harshest 'multiphonics' - though the famous soft-grained sound achieved by ECM's engineers surely helps in that regard.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

“this collection of contemporary solo works reveals [Bieri] as a wonderfully controlled and subtle interpreter...The nearest to repertory works are Luciano Berio's beautifully shaped and coloured Lied, from 1983, and Elliott Carter's Gra, a gruff 80th-birthday tribute to Witold Lutosławski; Peter Eötvös's Derwischtanz and Gergely Vajda's Lightshadow Trembling” The Guardian, 27th October 2011 ***

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David Starobin - Favorite Tracks Volume 2

David Starobin - Favorite Tracks Volume 2

Carter, E:

Poems (3) of Robert Frost

Patrick Mason (baritone)

Speculum Musicae, David Starobin


David Starobin (guitar)

Tell Me Where is Fancy Bred?

Rosalind Rees (soprano) & David Starobin (guitar)

Henze, H:

Carillon, Recitatif, Masque

Peter Press (mandolin), David Starobin (guitar) & Susan Jolles (harp)


Trio, Op. 33

David Starobin (guitar), Benjamin Hudson (violin) & Kim Kashkashian (viola)



Patrick Mason (baritone)

Speculum Musicae, David Starobin


Two Practical Cats

Patrick Mason (baritone), Susan Palma Nide (flute/piccolo), David Starobin (guitar) & Timothy Eddy (cello)


Sunday Song Set

arr. Michael Starobin

Patrick Mason (baritone) & David Starobin (guitar)

Starobin, M:


David Starobin (guitar)

David Starobin, called by Soundboard Magazine “arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the twentieth century” is heard on a CD of his favorite recordings of twentieth century music. Consisting of solo, chamber and vocal works with guitar, “Favorite Tracks, Vol. 2” offers newly remastered performances of the Grammy-nominated guitar virtuoso's recordings made between 1976 and 1997.

Featured on this disc are three works by Elliott Carter, and three performances with Starobin's long time duo partner, the baritone, Patrick Mason.

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David Starobin - Newdance

David Starobin - Newdance

18 New Dances for solo guitar



Bland, W:

Rag Nouveau

Carter, E:


Duarte, J W:

Valse en Rondeau

Harvey, J:

Sufi Dance

Jaffe, S:


Johanson, B:

Open Up Your Ears


Crooked Courante





Mackey, S:

San Francisco Shuffle

Morel, Jorge:

Reflexiones Latinas




Chase Dance


Chaconne for solo guitar

Sørensen, B:

Angelus Waltz

Starobin, M:

The Snoid Trucks Up Broadway




David Starobin’s Newdance is the American guitar virtuoso’s first solo CD in more than 6 years- a disc much anticipated by guitar aficionados. Newdance consists of 18 new dance pieces by 18 leading composers, all composed for Starobin. Newdance presents an inspired and eclectic collection of new guitar music, ranging from rags, waltzes and tangos to chaconnes and courantes, to abstract visions of the dance, all performed brilliantly by the artist that Soundboard Magazine called: "arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the 20th Century."

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Eliott Carter: What Next?

Eliott Carter: What Next?

Carter, E:

What Next?, opera in 1 act

Asko Concerto

Dean Elzinga, Sarah Leonard, William Joyner, Valdine Anderson, Hilary Summers, Emanuel Hoogeveen

Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, Peter Eotvos

“Vividly sung version of Carter's witty one-act opera.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2006

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