The Henry Brant Collection, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
The third installment in Innova's The Henry Brant Collection, The Henry Brant Collection, Vol. 3 is the finest in the series thus far. "Wind, Water, Clouds & Fire" is described as an "extraplanetary, environmental oratorio" for three totally independent women's choruses, a children's chorus, and various instruments that are spatially "attached" to each chorus. This is performed by the Milwaukee-based ensemble Present Music under the direction of Kevin Stalheim. It is a very good performance and not a bad recording, and Brant's music is not solely interesting due to its skewed spatial arrangement, but to its modularity within the ears of the hearer. One person who ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
The third installment in Innova's The Henry Brant Collection, The Henry Brant Collection, Vol. 3 is the finest in the series thus far. "Wind, Water, Clouds & Fire" is described as an "extraplanetary, environmental oratorio" for three totally independent women's choruses, a children's chorus, and various instruments that are spatially "attached" to each chorus. This is performed by the Milwaukee-based ensemble Present Music under the direction of Kevin Stalheim. It is a very good performance and not a bad recording, and Brant's music is not solely interesting due to its skewed spatial arrangement, but to its modularity within the ears of the hearer. One person who heard it commented that it was reminiscent of Louis Andriessen, another Gustav Holst -- whatever or whoever it sounds like, "Wind, Water, Clouds & Fire" is very appealing, at times eccentric and rather cranky, but also with a diaphanous element in the writing for the women and children's voices that's also quite pleasant. "Litany of Tides" is a sort of concerto for violinist Daniel Kobialka, although the ripieno is scattered all over the place; the strings, low brass, and two pianos are located on-stage and conducted by George Cleve. Most of the others, conducted by Brant, are scattered throughout the balcony, and that includes many of the winds -- the percussionists were underneath the balcony, and four singers performed from "behind grilled openings in the walls 30 feet up from the floor." It is an excellent performance, but just an OK recording, as soloist Kobialka is one of the hardest instruments to hear in its early parts; once he moves down to the stage from his perch up in a corner of the balcony he becomes easier to hear. "Trinity of Spheres" is a tri-orchestral work from 1979 that starts off like a big angry monster and, as it goes on, sounds more and more like you running away! Indeed, when Brant comes a-calling, the blue hairs on the symphony boards start running, and possibly screaming, too. The slightly flippant tone of this review is in accord with the disc under consideration -- a more mannered and academic tone would not do The Henry Brant Collection, Vol. 3 justice. Lone individualists who pull themselves up by their bootstraps and build institutions or industries from scratch are traditionally valued in America. Brant has done that here, and he has held his sail against his own "litany of tides" in order to follow his requisite course. For that alone, The Henry Brant Collection, Vol. 3 is praiseworthy, and besides, a fellow who pitches the Johann Sebastian Bach "Gavotte" from "Orchestral Suite No. 3" into the jaws of a noisy mariachi band can't be all bad.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2006
  • Label: Innova Records
  • UPC: 726708641023
  • Catalog Number: 410
  • Sales rank: 185,598

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Henry Brant Primary Artist, Organ, Conductor, Xylophone
Daniel Kobialka Violin
George Cleve Conductor
Present Music Ensemble
Kevin Stalheim Conductor
Milwaukee Children's Choir Choir, Chorus
Denver Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Pius XI High School, Advanced Treble Choir Choir, Chorus
Musicians of the Senior Symphony Performing Ensemble
Dan Paprocki Clarinet
Emily Sholl Clarinet
Milwaukee Choral Artists Choir, Chorus
Carl Topilow Conductor
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Sharon A. Hansen Choir, Chorus
Tina Glander Conductor
David Nagel Trumpet
Kelly Petitjean Clarinet
Brookfield Central High School Women's Chorus Choir, Chorus
Bruce Hangen Conductor
San Jose Symphony Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Carl Topilow Conductor
Bruce Hangen Conductor
George Cleve Conductor
Technical Credits
Henry Brant Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Thomas Grider Engineering
Leo Kulka Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Leo de GarKulka Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Ric Probst Engineer
Emily Crocker Artistic Director
James Howard Engineering
Kevin Stalheim Producer
Duncan Robert Edwards Engineering
Margery Deutsch Music Direction
Dave Lumaye Engineering
Mike Corbet Engineering
Lisa Shimon Director
Emily Holt Crocker Contributor, Artistic Director
Steve Kutgen Engineer
Duncan Edwards Engineering
Mike Conishi Engineering
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