Christian Wolff: (Re:) Making Music - Works 1962-1999

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All Music Guide - Dan Warburton
The Mode label continues its series of releases devoted to the music of Christian Wolff -- this is the sixth volume -- with a wide-ranging selection of chamber music spanning 37 years of the composer's career, from 1962's "For 5 or 10 Players" heard in two versions, understandably enough one for five players and the other for ten to 1999's "Schoenen Met Veters," written for and performed by as is all the music here the Barton Workshop. The ensemble's trombonist and musical director, James Fulkerson, provides brief but cogent liner notes that rightly lay stress on the composer's continued fascination with contrapuntal artifice, notably writing that embodies the techniques ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dan Warburton
The Mode label continues its series of releases devoted to the music of Christian Wolff -- this is the sixth volume -- with a wide-ranging selection of chamber music spanning 37 years of the composer's career, from 1962's "For 5 or 10 Players" heard in two versions, understandably enough one for five players and the other for ten to 1999's "Schoenen Met Veters," written for and performed by as is all the music here the Barton Workshop. The ensemble's trombonist and musical director, James Fulkerson, provides brief but cogent liner notes that rightly lay stress on the composer's continued fascination with contrapuntal artifice, notably writing that embodies the techniques of canon and hocket, but the music, deceptively simple though it might appear at times, is far removed from sterile neo-classicism. Indeed, a technique such as hocket -- in which a melody is shared between different instruments -- is the perfect metaphor for Wolff's vision of working together, as the composer's concern for humanism and political and social justice is never far below the surface. But even explicitly titled works such as "Peace March I 'Stop Using Uranium'" never fall into the trap that ensnared Cornelius Cardew's late music -- writing music that can appeal to the general public as opposed to a tiny audience of new music aficionados doesn't necessarily mean adopting a lowest common denominator approach: "Violist Pieces" 1997, performed with exemplary precision by Elisabeth Smalt, the earlier "Digger Song" 1988, and "Emma" 1989 are superb examples of Wolff's ability to create music that is technically challenging, even virtuosic, without ever being flashy. If John Cage is the father figure behind the chilly experimentalism of "For 5 or 10 Players," then Charles Ives is the grandfather -- witness the boisterous angular folk music of 1979's "Three Pieces" for violin and viola. And, as with the music of Ives and Cage, the notes chosen aren't necessarily the easiest on the ear, but the integrity that led to their creation is unquestionable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2004
  • Label: Mode
  • UPC: 764593013327
  • Catalog Number: 133
  • Sales rank: 151,823

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piece No. 1 - Barton Project (4:15)
  2. 2 Piece No. 2 - Barton Project (2:03)
  3. 3 Piece No. 3 - Barton Project (3:21)
  4. 4 Piece No. 4 - Resonant - Barton Project (1:06)
  5. 5 Piece No. 5 - Clear - Barton Project (0:59)
  6. 6 Piece No. 6 - Freely - Barton Project (2:25)
  7. 7 Kegama, for violin, clarinet/bass clarinet, cello, piano & percussion - Barton Project (4:16)
  8. 8 Peace March 1, for flute ("Stop using uranium") - Barton Project (4:57)
  9. 9 Peace March 2, for flute, clarinet, cello, piano & percussion - Barton Project (7:29)
  10. 10 Movement 1 - Barton Project (0:24)
  11. 11 Movement 2 - Barton Project (0:49)
  12. 12 Movement 3 - Barton Project (1:25)
  13. 13 Movement 4 - Barton Project (1:00)
  14. 14 Movement 5 - Barton Project (2:31)
  15. 15 Movement 6 - Barton Project (0:46)
  16. 16 Movement 7 - Barton Project (0:42)
  17. 17 Movement 8 - Barton Project (1:05)
  18. 18 Movement 9 - Barton Project (0:47)
  19. 19 Movement 10 - Barton Project (5:54)
  20. 20 Movement 11 - Barton Project (1:53)
  21. 21 Digger Song, for violin, viola, cello & percussion - Barton Project (10:46)
  22. 22 A woman invented fire - Barton Project (1:49)
  23. 23 Drowning - Barton Project (1:06)
  24. 24 The women let the tide go out - Barton Project (0:57)
  25. 25 Note to the grandparents - Barton Project (0:58)
  26. 26 Mulberry Street ends in good works - Barton Project (2:01)
  27. 27 The Sad Children's Song - Barton Project (1:26)
  28. 28 This is about the women of that country - Barton Project (3:49)
  29. 29 That Year - Barton Project (2:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rock About - Barton Project (5:17)
  2. 2 Instrumental - Barton Project (3:13)
  3. 3 Starving to Death on a Government Claim - Barton Project (5:09)
  4. 4 For 5 or 10 Players, for ensemble - Barton Project (5:27)
  5. 5 Exercise 15 (solo piano) - Barton Project (4:59)
  6. 6 Exercise 16 - for 2 instruments (clarinet & cello) - Barton Project (3:34)
  7. 7 Exercise 17 - for solo trombone - Barton Project (6:47)
  8. 8 Exercise 18 - for 4 instruments (clarinet, cello, valve trombone, piano - Barton Project (6:59)
  9. 9 For 5 or 10 Players, for ensemble - Barton Project (12:25)
  10. 10 Dark as a Dungeon, for double bass & trombone - Barton Project (7:26)
  11. 11 Schoenen met veters, for flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, viola, cell - Barton Project (18:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christian Wolff Primary Artist
James Fulkerson Trombone, Conductor, Valve Trombone
Aizik Geller Cello
Barton Workshop Ensemble
Frank Denyer Piano, Conductor, Melodica
Eleonore Pameijer Flute
John Anderson Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Tobias Liebezeit Percussion
Barton Project Track Performer
Jos Zwaanenburg Flute
Elisabeth Small Viola
Nicola Walker-Smith Soprano (Vocal)
Marieke Keser Violin
Judith van Swaay Cello
Technical Credits
James Fulkerson Producer, Liner Notes
Brian Brandt Executive Producer, Art Direction
Robert Bosch Engineer, Digital Editing
Martine Jore Liner Note Translation
Sabine Feißt Liner Note Translation
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