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Crumb: Ancient Voices Of Children
George Crumb, Arthur Weisberg, Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Crumb: Ancient Voices Of Children
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Classical
 
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One of the most important and magical song cycles in contemporary music, Ancient Voices of Children, is the setting of a series of haunting texts by the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca for mezzo-soprano, boy soprano, ...  more »

      
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All Artists: George Crumb, Arthur Weisberg, Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Gilbert Kalish, James Freeman
Title: Crumb: Ancient Voices Of Children
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Nonesuch
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Classical
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Vocal Pop, Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075597914924

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One of the most important and magical song cycles in contemporary music, Ancient Voices of Children, is the setting of a series of haunting texts by the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca for mezzo-soprano, boy soprano, and chamber orchestra. The piece made a huge impression on audiences at its initial performances. Indeed, this recording became something of a cult phenomenon, much like the Górecki Third Symphony today; and if you weren't around for the initial discovery, now's your chance. Music for a Summer Evening uses essentially the same forces as Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and creates an evocative, glittering nightscape. Great stuff.--David Hurwitz

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Christopher Forbes | Brooklyn,, NY | 06/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I just recently reaquainted myself with this work after about thirty years. Ancient voice of Children retains all of the mystery and magic that I heard when I first encountered the piece at the age of 11. The work resembles not so much a conventional piece of music as a mystic ceremony. Set to fragments from the poetry of Frederico Garcia Lorca, the music captures the magical nature of the poet's verse. The unusual instrumental effects are haunting. Amoung my favorite is the quotation from Bist Du Bei Mir played on a toy piano as a haunting elegy for a dead child. The work builds in it's last section to a shattering climax. The perfomance is quintessential. Jan DeGaetani was marvelous in this style of music and is sorely missed as a performer. The ensemble is spirited and very precise. The only thing that you miss on this CD is the visual choreography of a live performance, which is hypnotizing. Macrocosmos III was a new piece to me and is every bit as haunting as other Crumb music. The ending is luminous...en eternal spinning out of music in the Lydian scale. Be aware, this is avant garde music, though I feel it is quite assessible to those who listen without preconceptions. It is certainly more assessible than Elliot Carter or Boulez. It is not Part or Gorecki...but then not everything has to be. For me, this is not about style but about substance. Crumb moves me every bit as much as more assessible composers. You just have to listen with different ears, that's all."
American avant-garde
09/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I truly enjoyed these works of the American composer George Crumb. I was 15 years old when I first heard the song-cycle Ancient Voices of Children. It has been a favourite of mine ever since.Music for a Summer Evening from Makrokosmos III is also fabulous. Crumb uses many avant garde effects, both from the percussion and the two pianos. However, as with the Ancient Voices of Children, these serve a strictly music end.While Crumb does use many avant garde techniques in his work, it is surprisingly approachable. It may make you want to hear more of his work."
Fascinating and Delicate Explorations of Tone Color
Dr. Christopher Coleman | HONG KONG | 11/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is truly an important modern music CD. Crumb's style is more accessible than many modern composers without compromising artistic integrity. Rather than work with complex pitches and textures, his main interest lies in tone color, which he explores masterfully in both works. He is especially sensitive to percussion and uses a whole host of largely unfamiliar instruments; as a pianist he has innovated piano technique to include any number of playing methods inside the piano (directly on the strings)--strumming them, striking them with various things, and the like. So that the audience can concentrate on these timbres, the textures are often very thin--quite often only one or two lines are playing at a time, and there is a lot of musical space between gestures. I love both of these works, but in particular, I think the last movement of Music for a Summer Evening is one of the most beautiful and haunting pieces *ever* written. This CD has my HIGHEST recommendation. Thanks to Nonesuch for re-releasing this, and in fact combining two of their old LPs. If only they would revive the majority of their old LP catalogue."