Various Artists: Elliott Carter: A Nonesuch Retrospective [Box]

Audio Samples

>Piano Sonata: 1. Maestoso
>Piano Sonata: 2. Andante
>Poems (3) of Robert Frost, for mezzo-soprano (or baritone) & small orchestra (or piano): Dust of Snow
>Poems (3) of Robert Frost, for mezzo-soprano (or baritone) & small orchestra (or piano): The Rose Family
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Overture, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Queen Pasiphaë prepares for a tryst with the sacred bull, T
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Entrance of the bulls and the sacred bull, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Dance of the bulls and Pasiphaë with the sacred bull, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Interlude: Pasiphaë's heartbeat becomes the pounding of ham
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Building the labyrinth to imprison the Minotaur who destroys men, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Entrance of King Minos, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Selection of Greek victims to be sent into the labyrinth, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Ariadne, princess of Crete, dances with Theseus, a Greek victim, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Greek victims are driven into the labyrinth, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Theseus' farewell to Ariadne as he enters the labyrinth, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Ariadne unwinds her thread as Theseus, entering the labyrinth, pulls, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Theseus fights and kills the Minotaur, The (as his movements are transmit
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Ariadne rewinds her thread to lead Theseus out of the labyrinth, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. The thread breaks. Ariadne is greatly dismayed, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Theseus and some of the Greeks emerge from the labyrinth and rejoice, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. The Greeks and Theseus, forgetting Ariadne, leave Crete, The
>Elegy, for string orchestra
>Sonata for cello & piano: Moderato
>Sonata for cello & piano: Vivace, molto leggiero
>Sonata for cello & piano: Adagio
>Sonata for cello & piano: Allegro
>String Quartet No. 1: Fantasia: Maestoso - Allegro scorrevole
>String Quartet No. 1: Allegro scorrevole - Adagio
>String Quartet No. 1: Variations
>Sonata for flute, oboe, cello & harpsichord: Risoluto
>Sonata for flute, oboe, cello & harpsichord: Lento
>Sonata for flute, oboe, cello & harpsichord: Allegro
>Variations for Orchestra
>String Quartet No. 2: Introduction
>String Quartet No. 2: 1. Allegro fantastico
>String Quartet No. 2: Cadenza for Viola
>String Quartet No. 2: 2. Presto scherzando
>String Quartet No. 2: Cadenza for Cello
>String Quartet No. 2: 3. Andante espressivo
>String Quartet No. 2: Cadenza for First Violin
>String Quartet No. 2: 4. Allegro
>String Quartet No. 2: Conclusion
>Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano & 2 chamber orchestras: Introduction
>Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano & 2 chamber orchestras: Cadenza for Harpsichord
>Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano & 2 chamber orchestras: Allegro scherzando
>Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano & 2 chamber orchestras: Adagio
>Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano & 2 chamber orchestras: Presto
>Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano & 2 chamber orchestras: Cadenzas for Piano
>Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano & 2 chamber orchestras: Coda
>Night Fantasies, for piano
>Triple Duo, for ensemble: Allegro
>Triple Duo, for ensemble: Vivo - Animato
>Triple Duo, for ensemble: Allegretto
>Triple Duo, for ensemble: Vivo
>Triple Duo, for ensemble: Maestoso - Lento - Maestoso - Scherzoso
>Triple Duo, for ensemble: Allegro fantastico
>In Sleep, in Thunder, for tenor & 14 instruments: Dolphins
>In Sleep, in Thunder, for tenor & 14 instruments: Across the Yard: La Ignota
>In Sleep, in Thunder, for tenor & 14 instruments: Harriet
>In Sleep, in Thunder, for tenor & 14 instruments: Dies Irae
>In Sleep, in Thunder, for tenor & 14 instruments: Careless Night
>In Sleep, in Thunder, for tenor & 14 instruments: In Genesis

Track List

>Piano Sonata: 1. Maestoso
>Piano Sonata: 2. Andante
>Poems (3) of Robert Frost, for mezzo-soprano (or baritone) & small orchestra (or piano): Dust of Snow
>Poems (3) of Robert Frost, for mezzo-soprano (or baritone) & small orchestra (or piano): The Rose Family
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Overture, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Queen Pasiphaë prepares for a tryst with the sacred bull, T
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Entrance of the bulls and the sacred bull, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Dance of the bulls and Pasiphaë with the sacred bull, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 1. King Minos' Palace in Crete. Interlude: Pasiphaë's heartbeat becomes the pounding of ham
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Building the labyrinth to imprison the Minotaur who destroys men, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Entrance of King Minos, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Selection of Greek victims to be sent into the labyrinth, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Ariadne, princess of Crete, dances with Theseus, a Greek victim, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Greek victims are driven into the labyrinth, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Theseus' farewell to Ariadne as he enters the labyrinth, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Ariadne unwinds her thread as Theseus, entering the labyrinth, pulls, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Theseus fights and kills the Minotaur, The (as his movements are transmit
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Ariadne rewinds her thread to lead Theseus out of the labyrinth, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. The thread breaks. Ariadne is greatly dismayed, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. Theseus and some of the Greeks emerge from the labyrinth and rejoice, The
>Minotaur, ballet in 2 scenes, for orchestra: Scene 2. Before the Labyrinth. The Greeks and Theseus, forgetting Ariadne, leave Crete, The
>Elegy, for string orchestra
>Sonata for cello & piano: Moderato
>Sonata for cello & piano: Vivace, molto leggiero
>Sonata for cello & piano: Adagio
>Sonata for cello & piano: Allegro
>String Quartet No. 1: Fantasia: Maestoso - Allegro scorrevole
>String Quartet No. 1: Allegro scorrevole - Adagio
>String Quartet No. 1: Variations
>Sonata for flute, oboe, cello & harpsichord: Risoluto
>Sonata for flute, oboe, cello & harpsichord: Lento
>Sonata for flute, oboe, cello & harpsichord: Allegro
>Variations for Orchestra
>String Quartet No. 2: Introduction
>String Quartet No. 2: 1. Allegro fantastico
>String Quartet No. 2: Cadenza for Viola
>String Quartet No. 2: 2. Presto scherzando
>String Quartet No. 2: Cadenza for Cello
>String Quartet No. 2: 3. Andante espressivo
>String Quartet No. 2: Cadenza for First Violin
>String Quartet No. 2: 4. Allegro
>String Quartet No. 2: Conclusion
>Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano & 2 chamber orchestras: Introduction
>Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano & 2 chamber orchestras: Cadenza for Harpsichord
>Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano & 2 chamber orchestras: Allegro scherzando
>Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano & 2 chamber orchestras: Adagio
>Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano & 2 chamber orchestras: Presto
>Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano & 2 chamber orchestras: Cadenzas for Piano
>Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano & 2 chamber orchestras: Coda
>Night Fantasies, for piano
>Triple Duo, for ensemble: Allegro
>Triple Duo, for ensemble: Vivo - Animato
>Triple Duo, for ensemble: Allegretto
>Triple Duo, for ensemble: Vivo
>Triple Duo, for ensemble: Maestoso - Lento - Maestoso - Scherzoso
>Triple Duo, for ensemble: Allegro fantastico
>In Sleep, in Thunder, for tenor & 14 instruments: Dolphins
>In Sleep, in Thunder, for tenor & 14 instruments: Across the Yard: La Ignota
>In Sleep, in Thunder, for tenor & 14 instruments: Harriet
>In Sleep, in Thunder, for tenor & 14 instruments: Dies Irae
>In Sleep, in Thunder, for tenor & 14 instruments: Careless Night
>In Sleep, in Thunder, for tenor & 14 instruments: In Genesis

Album Notes

This 4-disc box set represents a sizable span of the output of contemporary composer Elliott Carter. Reaching back to his compositions of the early `40s, Disc One showcases Carter's early style, which blends a neo-classical approach with more strident, rhythmically complex elements. Discs Two and Three focus on `50s works such as "String Quartet No. 1" and "Variations for Orchestra," evidence of Carter's challenging experiments with "metrical modulation." Disc Four includes three pieces from the early `80s that demonstrate his mastery of tonal color, style synthesis, and variety in arrangement (the thrilling "Triple Duo" is a case in point). A suitable overview of such a wide-ranging, prolific, and important artist is difficult to manage, but A NONESUCH RETROSPECTIVE fits the bill admirably.



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