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Anthony Brandt: The Birth of Something, etc / Karol Bennett, Enso String Quartet, et al

Album Summary

>Brandt, Anthony : The Birth of Something
>Brandt, Anthony : The Dragon and the Undying, for voice & string quartet
>Brandt, Anthony : Slumber-Song, for voice & string quartet
>Brandt, Anthony : Creeley Songs, for voice & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Highlighting this recording is the chamber opera, The Birth of Something on a libretto by Will Eno. Commissioned by Da Camera of Houston, The Birth of Something represents an important, elegant, and highly personal contribution to the genre. An associate professor of composition at Rice University, Anthony Brandt earned his degrees from the California Institute of the Arts and Harvard, is the recipient of a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New England Foundation for the Arts.

"Anthony Brandt (b. 1961) has a strongly Romantic temperament. His music is drenched in harmonies and gestures from the previous fin de siecle, and I hear strong echoes of early Berg, Schoenberg (especially Verklarte Nacht), Ravel, Debussy, even Zemlinsky... The major event of the disc, though, is the 2005 chamber opera The Birth of Something...[Karol Bennett] has fantastic enunciation and intonation. Her voice is pure, focused, and dramatically dead on. All the other performers execute their charges to the full... I feel we're poised on the edge of a new era of musical creation. It won't "clear the decks" like modernism, and it will be tied in some way to more traditional practice, but I also think it will not sound like collage, a perpetual remix. Brandt's approach is not reactionary, but it is conservative in that it tends to downplay the possibility of the truly new. Big topics here, I know; at least this piece stimulates such speculation." - Robert Carl, Fanfare



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Works Details

>Brandt, Anthony : The Birth of Something
  • Performers: Karol Bennett (Soprano); Michael Chioldi (Baritone); Blake Wilkins (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Jonathan Shames
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brandt, Anthony : The Dragon and the Undying, for voice & string quartet
  • Performer: Karol Bennett (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brandt, Anthony : Slumber-Song, for voice & string quartet
  • Performer: Karol Bennett (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brandt, Anthony : Creeley Songs, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Karol Bennett (Soprano); Brian Connelly (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary