American Classics - George Crumb

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American Classics - George Crumb

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - October 2006

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8559290
(8.559290)

Discs:

1

Release date:

29th May 2006

Barcode:

0636943929025

Length:

54 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)

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American Classics - George Crumb


Crumb, G:

Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death

Quest


Ensemble New Art, Fuat Kent

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George Crumb: Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death

Refrain 1

I. La Guitarra (The Guitar) / Death-Drone I

Refrain 2

II. Casida de las Palomas ocuras (Casida of the Dark Doves)

Refrain 3

Death-Drone II

III. Cancion de Jinette, 1860 (Song of the Rider, 1860)

Cadenza appassionata for 2 drummers

Refrain 4

IV. Casida del Herido por el agua (Casida of the Boy Wounded by the Water)

Death-Drone III

George Crumb: Quest

Refrain 1

I. Dark Paths

II. Fugitive Sounds

Refrain 2

III. Forgotten Dirges

IV. Fugitive Sounds

Refrain 3

V. Nocturnal

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“This disc will bring Crumb to a wider audience with two substantial works, one early and one late. Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death was completed in 1968 and has all the hallmarks of Crumb's magical sound world. It's one of several pieces stemming from the poetry of Federico García Lorca. Nicholas Isherwood, after many live performances, is totally in command of this spooky territory and delivers his lines with great clarity (full texts of the four poems are available online). 'The Song of the Rider' is a spine-chilling counterpart to Schubert's Erlkönig – both scenarios end in death, a consistent presence throughout both in the poems and in the movements called 'Death-Drones'.
Written in 1994, Quest shows Crumb still finding unusual sonorities for his six players with prominent guitar. So we hear the Appalachian hammer dulcimer, the African talking drum, the Mexican rainstick, and sometimes the guitar and harp are interwoven. Crumb admits that he had some trouble in finding a final form for Quest: there is no programme but he pondered a couple of gloomy phrases from Dante and Lorca.
Alexander Swete plays electric guitar in Songs, Drones and acoustic guitar in Quest, which becomes a showpiece for him (it was written for David Starobin). It's now good to have both these works together, well recorded, with notes by the composer.”

Gramophone Magazine

October 2006

“Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death was completed in 1968 and has all the hallmarks of Crumb's magical sound world. It's one of the several pieces stemming from the poetry of Federico García Lorca. Nicholas Isherwood, after many live performances, is totally in command of this spooky territory and delivers his lines with great clarity... Written in 1994, Quest shows Crumb still finding unusual sonorities for his six players with prominent guitar.”

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