Earle Brown - A Life In Music Volume 5
Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Gordon Mumma (electronics, horn), Mary Ashley, Barbara Lloyd, Mary Lucier (singers), Cynthia Liddell (speaker), Aloys Kontarsky (piano), Theo Plümacher (viola) & Willy Schwegler, Severino Gazzelloni (flutes)
With Earle Brown – A Life in Music – Volume 5, Wergo has again dug up treasures of contemporary music from the 1960s and 1970s.
This 3-CD set not only contains one of the first recordings of Charles Ives’s Concord Sonata by Aloys Kontarsky but also is a testimony to the virtuosity of Severino Gazzelloni who is, without doubt, one of the greatest flautists of the 20th century. In addition, it contains music of the group Sonic Arts Union with the four pioneers of electronic music David Behrman, Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier and Gordon Mumma.
Volume 4, the final volume [!] will be released in summer 2011.
“Sonic Arts Union's Electric Sound offers four pioneering exercises in electronica by Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley, David Behrman and Gordon Mumma, of which Lucier's buzzy-clicky "Vespers" is the most interesting...Charles Ives's Concord piano sonata stretches the series's brief further into the past than usual.” The Independent, 18th February 2011 ***