Edward MacDowell's Woodland Sketches, Opus 51

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All Music Guide - Jim Brenholts
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Brenholts
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/30/1997
  • Label: Basta Records
  • UPC: 608917903829
  • Catalog Number: 9038
  • Sales rank: 160,078

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 To a Wild Rose (1:31)
  2. 2 Will o' the Wisp (1:31)
  3. 3 At an Old Trysting Place (1:45)
  4. 4 In Autumn (1:47)
  5. 5 From an Indian Lodge (2:32)
  6. 6 To a Water Lily (2:00)
  7. 7 From Uncle Remus (1:10)
  8. 8 A Deserted Farm (2:50)
  9. 9 By a Meadow Brook (1:16)
  10. 10 Told at Sunset (3:50)
  11. 11 To a Wild Rose - Guido Nielsen (1:29)
  12. 12 Will o' the Wisp - Guido Nielsen (1:16)
  13. 13 At an Old Trysting Place - Guido Nielsen (1:33)
  14. 14 In Autumn - Guido Nielsen (1:27)
  15. 15 From an Indian Lodge - Guido Nielsen (2:38)
  16. 16 To a Water Lily - Guido Nielsen (2:23)
  17. 17 From Uncle Remus - Guido Nielsen (1:07)
  18. 18 A Deserted Farm - Guido Nielsen (2:22)
  19. 19 By a Meadow Brook - Guido Nielsen (0:58)
  20. 20 Told at Sunset - Guido Nielsen (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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 Thompson Author
Bing Crosby Author
Lucas Asselberts Arranger
Gert-Jan Blom Producer
Piet Schreuders Art Direction
Sytze Gardenier Engineer
Sander Van Der Heide Mastering
Peter Pantiac Illustrations
Robert Jonas Cover Art
Theo van der Schaaf Executive Producer
John F. Porte Author
Sander van der Heider Mastering
Peter Pontiac Illustrations
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