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Babbitt: Soli E Duettini;
Milton Babbitt, The Group for Contemporary Music, William Purvis
Babbitt: Soli E Duettini;
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
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  •  Track Listings (3) - Disc #2


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All Artists: Milton Babbitt, The Group for Contemporary Music, William Purvis
Title: Babbitt: Soli E Duettini;
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Koch Int'l Classics
Release Date: 7/23/1996
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
Styles: Vocal Pop, Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830), Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 099923733522

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Dry wit, both played and spoken
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Once again, it appears that a musical bigot has infected the musical reviews process by posting the same one-star review for every work by a particular composer he or she could find. I am curious as to whether Mr. Walrus is not the same Mr. Diderot who pulled the same prank on Schoenberg awhile back. Perhaps not. This one appears to be even less intelligent.As for the music, while it certainly is not heart-on-sleeve, it is dry and witty in an almost neoclassical fashion, as one should typically expect from Babbitt. But there is also a more immediately appealing lyricism not always present in some of his earlier works. This cd is perhaps ideal for those who do not otherwise know Babbitt's music. "Whirled Series," a jazzy duet for saxophone and piano, stands out in particular for its overall sunny charm.This recording comes with an second disc that includes Babbitt reading his essay "On Having Been and Still Being an American Composer." His prose is analogous to his music; it is highly refined, with a wonderfully haughty sense of Latinate rhythms and internal rhymes. (Babbitt is infamous for his bad puns.) Listening to this essay should give listeners a good idea as to what Babbitt is like in person and enrich their appreciation for his music, as it has done for me."
The best Babbitt CD yet!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Gems! Beautiful performances by some of the finest musicians in the United States. These works are typical Babbitt, witty and elegant. Essential disc."
Beautiful and varied selection, sensual and profound
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Play it again, Sam", Babbitt's solo piece for viola stands out for me. Extraordinarily concise and perfectly balanced, it conveys almost every human emotion, captured in jagged, elegant lines. The other compositions are no less beautiful and profound. Babbitt's music is not at all arid or passionless. Each composition on this CD teems with life and charm."