Elliott Carter - A Nonesuch Retrospective [Box Set]

Elliott Carter - A Nonesuch Retrospective [Box Set]

     
 

This four-disc retrospective documents some of Elliott Carter's most essential works, recorded for Nonesuch between 1968 and 1985. The compilation includes convention-defying, breakthrough pieces, like Carter's Cello Sonata and String Quartet No. 1, "a large experiment in polyrhythms of all kinds," Carter has said.

Carter demanded as much from the intrepid

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This four-disc retrospective documents some of Elliott Carter's most essential works, recorded for Nonesuch between 1968 and 1985. The compilation includes convention-defying, breakthrough pieces, like Carter's Cello Sonata and String Quartet No. 1, "a large experiment in polyrhythms of all kinds," Carter has said.

Carter demanded as much from the intrepid listeners who embraced his rhythmically and theoretically complex works as from the musicians who played them. He was often a polarizing figure, who provoked and confounded as many as he influenced and encouraged.

Carter has said he considered "change, process, evolution as music’s prime factor." Time was a constant obsession; he experimented boldly with tempo and often looked beyond traditional Western sources for inspiration.

As liner note writer Paul Griffiths explains, Nonesuch, then helmed by creative director Teresa Sterne, "played a conspicuous role in carrying his music to a wide audience...bringing him the acclaim that encouraged him to go on, with undiminished vigor, into a 'late period' that has lasted more than thirty years. Nonesuch was not only the first label to give Carter's music international distribution and continuing support, it also placed his work in an appropriate context of discovery and adventure." From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2009
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597992212
catalogNumber:
510893
Rank:
82148

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. 1. Maestoso
  2. 2. Andante
  3. Dust of Snow
  4. The Rose Family
  5. Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Overture
  6. Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Queen Pasiphaë prepares for a try
  7. Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Entrance of the bulls and the sac
  8. Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Dance of the bulls and Pasiphaë w
  9. Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Interlude: Pasiphaë's heartbeat b
  10. Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Building the labyrinth to imprison the M
  11. Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Entrance of King Minos
  12. Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Selection of Greek victims to be sent in
  13. Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Ariadne, princess of Crete, dances with
  14. Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Greek victims are driven into the labyri
  15. Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Theseus' farewell to Ariadne as he enter
  16. Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Ariadne unwinds her thread as Theseus, e
  17. Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Theseus fights and kills the Minotaur (a
  18. Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Ariadne rewinds her thread to lead These
  19. Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. The thread breaks. Ariadne is greatly di
  20. Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Theseus and some of the Greeks emerge fr
  21. Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. The Greeks and Theseus, forgetting Ariad
  22. Elegy, for string orchestra

Disc 2

  1. Moderato
  2. Vivace, molto leggiero
  3. Adagio
  4. Allegro
  5. Fantasia: Maestoso - Allegro scorrevole
  6. Allegro scorrevole - Adagio
  7. Variations
  8. Risoluto
  9. Lento
  10. Allegro

Disc 3

  1. Variations for Orchestra
  2. Introduction
  3. 1. Allegro fantastico
  4. Cadenza for Viola
  5. 2. Presto scherzando
  6. Cadenza for Cello
  7. 3. Andante espressivo
  8. Cadenza for First Violin
  9. 4. Allegro
  10. Conclusion
  11. Introduction
  12. Cadenza for Harpsichord
  13. Allegro scherzando
  14. Adagio
  15. Presto
  16. Cadenzas for Piano
  17. Coda

Disc 4

  1. Night Fantasies, for piano
  2. Allegro
  3. Vivo - Animato
  4. Allegretto
  5. Vivo
  6. Maestoso - Lento - Maestoso - Scherzoso
  7. Allegro fantastico
  8. Dolphins
  9. Across the Yard: La Ignota
  10. Harriet
  11. Dies Irae
  12. Careless Night
  13. In Genesis

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Levine   Conductor
Jan DeGaetani   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
London Sinfonietta   Performing Ensemble
Gilbert Kalish   Piano
Angeles Chamber Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Gerard Schwarz   Conductor
Fred Sherry   Cello
Arthur Weisberg   Conductor
Chicago Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Joel Krosnick   Cello
Harvey Sollberger   Flute
Fires of London   Ensemble
Paul Jacobs   Piano,Harpsichord
Martyn Hill   Tenor (Vocal)
Composers Quartet   String Quartet
Contemporary Chamber Ensemble   Ensemble
Charles Kuskin   Oboe
Oliver Knussen   Conductor
New York Chamber Symphony   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Tod Machover   Liner Notes
Elliott Carter   Composer
Robert Lowell   Poetry
Ursula Oppens   Liner Notes
Steven Paul   Executive Producer
Virgil Blackwell   Liner Notes
Robert Hurwitz   Liner Notes
Fred Sherry   Liner Notes
Max Wilcox   Producer,Engineer
Roger Mayer   Engineer
Marc Aubort   Producer,Engineer,Musical Supervision
Joanna Nickrenz   Producer,Engineer,Musical Supervision
Teresa Sterne   Producer
John Whiting   Engineer
Paul Griffiths   Liner Notes
Sally Groves   Engineer
Helmuth Kolbe   Engineer
Robert Lattman   Engineer
Klaus Behrens   Engineer
Oliver Knussen   Producer
Christopher Alder   Producer
Hans-Rudolf Muller   Engineer

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