Beth Anderson: Swales and Angels

Beth Anderson: Swales and Angels

by Rubio String Quartet
     
 
Swales and Angels collects together some chamber works from Kentucky-born, Brooklyn-based composer Beth Anderson. This is the first full-length disc devoted to Anderson's work in primarily instrumental forms; her electronic pieces of the 1970s are contained in a separate collection, Peachy Keen O. The essential difference between the two is that

Overview

Swales and Angels collects together some chamber works from Kentucky-born, Brooklyn-based composer Beth Anderson. This is the first full-length disc devoted to Anderson's work in primarily instrumental forms; her electronic pieces of the 1970s are contained in a separate collection, Peachy Keen O. The essential difference between the two is that Swales and Angels contains music which, on the surface, is easy to digest, non-experimental in style, and attractive to the ear -- not quite "pretty" as critic Kyle Gann termed it. But it is also not backward-looking or based in Western traditional forms -- Anderson's Swales are fresh and open, reminiscent of a rural landscape, a nice cold drink of water, or a small pond with some cattails and Queen Anne's lace growing around it. Formally, the music unfolds in a manner rather like the way things unfold in nature, along an unpredictable path, but with familiar elements on the way. Swales and Angels is easily the most satisfying recording of contemporary music issued in 2004 and should not be kept a secret. Anderson's work represents a new wrinkle in the fabric of current-day music that will please many listeners who may have given up in despair on the "new music" composed late in the last century. Anderson was also part of that scene, but has in a sense grown up. Anderson's music, which even in the era of new music was always about communication, has grown up with her. The listener will delight in this mature, unsentimental chamber music that nonetheless speaks of a love of old things, distant memories, and cherished knickknacks. Don't miss this one.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2004
Label:
New World Records
UPC:
0093228061021
catalogNumber:
80610

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Tracks

  1. March Swale, for string quartet  - Beth Anderson  - Hans Christian Andersen  -  Rubio String Quartet  - Anthony Calabrese  - H. B. Paull
  2. Pennyroyal Suite, for string quartet  - Beth Anderson  - Hans Christian Andersen  -  Rubio String Quartet  - Anthony Calabrese  - H. B. Paull
  3. New Mexico Swale, for flute, piccolo, violin, viola, cello & percussion  - Beth Anderson  - Hans Christian Andersen  - Andrew Bolotowsky  - Andrew Bolotowsky  - David Rozenblatt  - Anthony Calabrese  - Dirk Van den Hauwe  - Ilia Laporev  - H. B. Paull  - Gary M. Schneider  - Marc Sonnaert
  4. The Angel, for voice, string quartet, celeste & harp  - Beth Anderson  - Hans Christian Andersen  - Joseph Kubera  -  Rubio String Quartet  - Anthony Calabrese  - Jessica Marsten  - H. B. Paull  - Gary M. Schneider  - André Tarantiles
  5. January Swale, for string quartet  - Beth Anderson  - Hans Christian Andersen  -  Rubio String Quartet  - Anthony Calabrese  - H. B. Paull
  6. Rosemary Swale, for string quartet  - Beth Anderson  - Hans Christian Andersen  -  Rubio String Quartet  - Anthony Calabrese  - H. B. Paull
  7. Piano Concerto, for piano, string orchestra, string bass & percussion  - Beth Anderson  - Hans Christian Andersen  - Joseph Kubera  - David Rozenblatt  - David Rozenblatt  -  Rubio String Quartet  - Anthony Calabrese  - Darren Campbell  - H. B. Paull  - Gary M. Schneider

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