George Crumb Archive
“A Tribute to Janet” = Oboe Quartets by Mozart, Britten, Knussen, Francaix – Britten Oboe Quartet – Harmonia Mundi
A Tribute to Janet = Oboe Quartets by Mozart, Birtten, Knussen, Françaix— Britten Oboe Quartet (Nicholas Daniel, Jacqueline Shave, Clare Finnimore, Caroline Dearnley) — Harmonia Mundi HMM 907672, 61:09 ****: This recording combines various “oboe quartets” by a diverse group of composers, beginning with W.A. Mozart, then moving in time to Jean Françaix, Benjamin Britten (for […]
CRUMB: Voices from the Morning of the Earth; An Idyll for the Misbegotten; The Sleeper – Ann Crumb, sop./Randall Scarlata, bar./ instr. soloists/ Orchestra 2001 /James Freeman – Bridge
Trademark sounds and a must for George Crumb lovers.
JAMES PRIMOSCH: Sacred Songs = From a Book of Hours; Four Sacred Songs; Dark the Star; Holy the Firm – Soloists/ 21st Cen. Consort/ Christopher Kendall – Bridge
Sacred music for those who take such things seriously.
GEORGE CRUMB: Sun and Shadow; Voices from the Heartland (American Songbook VII) – Ann Crumb, sop./ Patrick Mason, bar./ Orchestra 2001/ James Freeman – Bridge
A little fatigue sets in on the Lorca settings, but the American Songbook is as vital as ever in this last installment.
It’s difficult to know what to make of this very static experience, because we are not afforded the best possible presentation.
“David Starobin: New Music With Guitar, Vol. 8”: DAVID STAROBIN: Variations on a Theme by Carl Nielsen (2010); PAUL LANSKY: Partita (2010); POUL RUDERS: Six Pages; GEORGE CRUMB: The Ghosts of Alhambra – David Starobin, guitar/ Mari Yoshinaga & Daniel Druckman, perc./ Patrick Mason, bar. – Bridge
in addition to the musical pleasures, this disc is also useful for checking out how many strands of nuance and layers of subtlety your system is capable of.
“Dreamtiger – East-West Encounters” = COLIN McPHEE: Balinese Ceremonial Music; DOUGLAS YOUNG: Trajet/Inter/Lignes; OLIVIER MESSIAEN: Canteyodjaya; GEORGE CRUMB: Vox Balaenae – Dreamtiger – Cameo Classics
Some audio archeology is required but mostly worth it.
Crazy Jane = PAUL LANSKY: Songs of Parting; DAVID LEISNER: Three James Tate Songs; RONALD ROXBURY: Crazy Jane; AKEMI NAITO: The Idea of Order at Key West; JOHN MUSTO: The Brief Light; GEORGE CRUMB: The Ghosts of Alhambra (Spanish Songbook I) – var. perf. – Bridge
Settings of poems that compellingly explore the beauty and fear of the world.
GEORGE CRUMB: Complete Crumb Edition, Vol. 15 = The Ghost of Alhambra etc. – Soloists/Orchestra 2001/ James Freeman – Bridge
He has always been one of America’s best, and these very recent works only confirm that assessment.
Music@Menlo Live 2010, Maps and Legends: Music by BRITTEN, WALTON, ELGAR, RAVEL, TURINA, DEBUSSY, SHOSTAKOVICH, PROKOFIEV, SCHOENBERG, DVORAK, BARBER, VIVALDI, CRUMB, HAYDN, BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, MILHAUD, COPLAND, POULENC & others – Music@Menlo (8 discs)
Outstanding live recordings from one of the best chamber music festivals in the world.