The Henry Brant Collection, Vol. 3

The Henry Brant Collection, Vol. 3

by Henry Brant


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The Henry Brant Collection, Vol. 3

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/17/2006
Label: Innova Records
UPC: 0726708641023
catalogNumber: 410
Rank: 290055

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
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
Carl Topilow   Conductor
Bruce Hangen   Conductor

Technical Credits

Henry Brant   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Thomas Grider   Engineering
Leo Kulka   Producer,Engineer
Leo de GarKulka   Producer,Engineer
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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