Edward MacDowell's Woodland Sketches, Opus 51

Edward MacDowell's Woodland Sketches, Opus 51

by The Beau Hunks
     
 
Any modern ambient artist who thinks that modern music has a monopoly on meditative and sedative qualities should listen to Edward MacDowell's Woodland Sketches, Opus 51. As performed by the Beau Hunks, it is among the deepest and gentlest pastoral ambient recordings of this or any other era. Back when

Overview

Any modern ambient artist who thinks that modern music has a monopoly on meditative and sedative qualities should listen to Edward MacDowell's Woodland Sketches, Opus 51. As performed by the Beau Hunks, it is among the deepest and gentlest pastoral ambient recordings of this or any other era. Back when MacDowell wrote this (1896), there were no samplers or field recordings to enhance a performance. The composer relied solely on acoustic instruments to supply the atmosphere. This particular opus is, indeed, pastoral and ambient. The recording has two versions of the suite. The first version is performed by a small ensemble of violins, a violoncello, clarinets, and flutes. There is no percussion. There are no brass instruments. This is true minimalism as defined by the works of Erik Satie. And it fits Brian Eno's definition as well. It is interesting enough to be the focus of deep listening and innocuous enough to be the background. The other version is an acoustic piano transcription of the opus performed by Guido Nielsen. It generates new and different imagery in this style. Again, this is true minimalism as defined by both Satie's music and by Eno. This classic CD is a treasure. It will appeal to fans of Satie and Charles Ives. It is essential music.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/30/1997
Label:
Basta Records
UPC:
0608917903829
catalogNumber:
9038

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beau Hunks   Primary Artist,Ensemble
Tineke de Jong   Violin
Leendert de Jonge   Flute,Alto Flute
Ronald Jansen Heijtmajer   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Eelco Beinema   Cello
Ilona de Groot   Violin
Charles Mutter   Viola
Guido Nielsen   Piano

Technical Credits

Edward MacDowell   Author
Virgil Thomson   Author
Bing Crosby   Author
Lucas Asselberts   Arranger
Gert-Jan Blom   Producer
Piet Schreuders   Art Direction
Sytze Gardenier   Engineer
Peter Pantiac   Illustrations
Robert Jonas   Cover Art
Theo van der Schaaf   Executive Producer
John F. Porte   Author
Peter Pontiac   Illustrations

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