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David Shea: Classical Works

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All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
David Shea's sampling technique manages to be both one of the most innovative experiments in classical music and, at the same time, one of the most conservative uses of pre-recorded music. As the first piece on his Classical Works collection, "Chamber Symphony #1" highlights his unique process. The recording is the result of an original performance by the Brussels-based Ictus Ensemble, a 16-member chamber orchestra. The ensemble contributed to the recording in three ways: they played acoustically, they activated pedals to create electronic versions of their instruments, and they were sampled, with the sampled pieces later worked back into the recording, adding new ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
David Shea's sampling technique manages to be both one of the most innovative experiments in classical music and, at the same time, one of the most conservative uses of pre-recorded music. As the first piece on his Classical Works collection, "Chamber Symphony #1" highlights his unique process. The recording is the result of an original performance by the Brussels-based Ictus Ensemble, a 16-member chamber orchestra. The ensemble contributed to the recording in three ways: they played acoustically, they activated pedals to create electronic versions of their instruments, and they were sampled, with the sampled pieces later worked back into the recording, adding new layers and textures. The result is a multi-layered mix which challenges the listener to discern between the live and recorded elements. Shea only uses material from the original performance here, which is the kind of limitation that leads to even more creative solutions. Each of the four movements show a freshness in style and a great energy in their execution. "The Voice Suite," the second piece on the album, also makes use of both sampled pieces and electro-acoustic instrumentation to create an interpretation of the score for a radio drama by the same name. A much smaller group of musicians is used here and the sampling is more obvious, though still well-integrated. The music is delicate and beautiful, with subcurrents of ominous rumblings, making good use of the string talents of cellist Erik Friedlander and the "screaming oboe multiphonics" of Piet Van Bockstal. Both "The Voice Suite" and "Chamber Symphony #1" also show a good deal of depth, making this one of Shea's most well-executed albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/1998
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397704126
  • Catalog Number: 7041
  • Sales rank: 203,640

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Chamber Symphony #1: Mvt 1 (4:15)
  2. 2 Mvt 2a (3:08)
  3. 3 Mvt 2b (1:45)
  4. 4 Mvt 3 (5:23)
  5. 5 Mvt 4 (3:59)
  6. 6 The "Voice" Suite: MVT 1 - Jim Pugliese (0:44)
  7. 7 MVT 2 - Jim Pugliese (5:33)
  8. 8 MVT 3 - Jim Pugliese (2:05)
  9. 9 MVT 4 - Jim Pugliese (5:46)
  10. 10 MVT 5 - Jim Pugliese (4:50)
  11. 11 MVT 6a - Jim Pugliese (4:56)
  12. 12 MVT 6b - Jim Pugliese (2:46)
  13. 13 MVT 7 - Jim Pugliese (10:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Shea Primary Artist, Piano
Erik Friedlander Cello
Jean-Luc Fafchamps Piano
Jean-Luc Plouvier Sampled Keyboards
Ivan Kogen Semenoff Violin
Miguel Bernat Percussion
Gery Cambier Double Bass
Geert de Bievre Cello
Fran├žois Deppe Cello
Dirk Noyen Bassoon
Gerrit Nulens Percussion
Alain Pire Trombone
Philippe Ranallo Trumpet
Eric Sleichim Baritone Saxophone
Janna Van Mechelen Alto Flute
Takashi Yamane Clarinet
Paul de Clerck Viola
Georges Octors Conductor
Jim Pugliese Turntables, Sampled Keyboards
Piet van Bockstael Oboe
Technical Credits
David Shea Producer, Contributor
Erik Friedlander Contributor
Kurt Ralske Engineer
Francis Rossi Contributor
Kazunori Sugiyama Producer
Allan Tucker Mastering
John Zorn Executive Producer
Miguel Bernat Contributor
Jim Pugliese Contributor
Piet van Bockstael Contributor
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