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Crumb: Ancient Voices of Children, Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik, Madrigals Books 1-4

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Vol. 9 in Bridge's comprehensive collection of George Crumb's works features a true masterpiece, "Ancient Voices of Children" 1970, important early efforts in the "Madrigals, Books I-IV" 1965, 1969, and a contemporary piano work, "Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik" 2001, based on Thelonious Monk's jazz standard, "'Round Midnight." Crumb's highly influential work may be described as nocturnal and mystical, and virtually all of his works since the 1960s have been marked by fragile sonorities in echoic ambient spaces, ghostly quotations, and programmatic allusions to mythology and the occult. Sometimes Crumb's amalgamation of eerie sonic effects and esoteric symbols can seem ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Vol. 9 in Bridge's comprehensive collection of George Crumb's works features a true masterpiece, "Ancient Voices of Children" 1970, important early efforts in the "Madrigals, Books I-IV" 1965, 1969, and a contemporary piano work, "Eine Kleine Mitternachtmusik" 2001, based on Thelonious Monk's jazz standard, "'Round Midnight." Crumb's highly influential work may be described as nocturnal and mystical, and virtually all of his works since the 1960s have been marked by fragile sonorities in echoic ambient spaces, ghostly quotations, and programmatic allusions to mythology and the occult. Sometimes Crumb's amalgamation of eerie sonic effects and esoteric symbols can seem too much like self-parody, and his music sometimes lapses into silliness through over-reliance on such tricks. But "Ancient Voices of Children" has its own rare magic, partly because Crumb's trademark sounds fit so well with the delicate poetry of Federico García Lorca, but also because the piece is deeply emotional and heartbreaking, rather than cleverly designed around arcane schematics. The legendary performance by Jan de Gaetani on Nonesuch is still recommended as a first choice, but Tony Arnold's spot-on version with an ad hoc group of musicians conducted by David Colson is almost as brilliant. Bridge's exceptional digital recording is superior to Nonesuch's analog, so that may make this recording more appealing to listeners who require the cleanest sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/2005
  • Label: Bridge
  • UPC: 090404917028
  • Catalog Number: 9170
  • Sales rank: 165,166

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David Colson Primary Artist
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