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Ruth Crawford Seeger: Portrait
     

Ruth Crawford Seeger: Portrait

by Oliver Knussen
 
Sometimes it is difficult to see how classical labels make money. The good labels keep releasing highly worthwhile but seemingly uncommercial projects like this one: Nine short mostly highly dissonant and virtually unknown works by an American woman composer plus one work by her husband. British conductor Oliver Knussen seems to be the driving force behind the

Overview

Sometimes it is difficult to see how classical labels make money. The good labels keep releasing highly worthwhile but seemingly uncommercial projects like this one: Nine short mostly highly dissonant and virtually unknown works by an American woman composer plus one work by her husband. British conductor Oliver Knussen seems to be the driving force behind the project. Using his Schoenberg Ensemble as the heart of a recording in which no work is for the same performing forces as any other, he also uses the new London Chamber Choir, four vocal soloists, and chamber groupings including a string quartet and a wind quintet. All the performances are outstanding, the players all getting through the pieces like they were everyday repertory. The disc was recorded in church in Utrecht in February 1996. Despite the widely varying performing forces involved, producer Sid McLaughlan and Tonmeister (balance engineer) Reinhard Lagemann get remarkably consistent sound. Knussen emerges as a culture hero for his part in getting this music released on a major label. He provides both a reason and this writer's conclusion after hearing it: "Ruth Crawford Seeger's music grows in stature the more one gets to know it. [With each utterly original conception] she got the execution of the idea right first time and immediately moved on to something new." You don't need to buy it to encourage record companies to continue taking chances on unusual music (though that's a good one). Get it because here is a woman who said a lot in a remarkably original and concise way. Sure, it's tough modern music, but it's very good music that can expand your horizons.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/1998
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0028944992526
catalogNumber:
449925

Tracks

  1. Music for Small Orchestra  - Ruth Crawford Seeger  - Oliver Knussen  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Nigel Boon  - Dennis Collins  - Horst Leuchtmann  -  Schoenberg Ensemble
  2. Three Chants, for women's chorus  - Ruth Crawford Seeger  - Oliver Knussen  - James Wood  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Nigel Boon  - Dennis Collins  - Horst Leuchtmann  -  New London Chamber Choir  -  Schoenberg Ensemble  - Jeanette Ager  - Amanda Pitt
  3. Piano Study in Mixed Accents, for piano  - Ruth Crawford Seeger  - Oliver Knussen  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Nigel Boon  - Dennis Collins  - Reinbert de Leeuw  - Horst Leuchtmann  -  Schoenberg Ensemble
  4. Three Songs on Poems by Carl Sandburg, for voice, oboe, piano & percussion with optional orchestral ostinati  - Ruth Crawford Seeger  - Oliver Knussen  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Nigel Boon  - Dennis Collins  - Horst Leuchtmann  - Carl Sandburg  -  Schoenberg Ensemble  - Lucy Shelton  - Marieke Schut  - John Snijders  - Ger de Zeeuw
  5. String Quartet 1931  - Ruth Crawford Seeger  - Oliver Knussen  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Nigel Boon  - Dennis Collins  - Horst Leuchtmann  -  Schoenberg Ensemble  - Hans Woudenberg  - Karin Dolman  - Heleen Hulst  - Marijke Van Kooten
  6. Two Ricercare, for voice and piano  - Ruth Crawford Seeger  - Oliver Knussen  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Nigel Boon  - Dennis Collins  - Reinbert de Leeuw  - Horst Leuchtmann  -  Schoenberg Ensemble  - Lucy Shelton
  7. Andante, for string orchestra (arranged from 3rd movement of String Quartet 1931)  - Ruth Crawford Seeger  - Oliver Knussen  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Nigel Boon  - Dennis Collins  - Horst Leuchtmann  -  Schoenberg Ensemble
  8. Rissolty, Rossolty, an American fantasy for orchestra  - Ruth Crawford Seeger  - Oliver Knussen  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Nigel Boon  - Dennis Collins  - Horst Leuchtmann  -  Schoenberg Ensemble
  9. John Hardy  - Charles Seeger  - Oliver Knussen  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Nigel Boon  - Dennis Collins  - Horst Leuchtmann  -  Schoenberg Ensemble
  10. Suite, for wind quintet  - Ruth Crawford Seeger  - Oliver Knussen  - Nikolaus Boddin  - Nigel Boon  - Dennis Collins  - Horst Leuchtmann  -  Schoenberg Ensemble  -  Wilma van den Berge  - Hans Dullaert  - Govert Jurriaanse  - Marieke Schut  - Pierre Woudenberg

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