The Music of Elliott Carter, Vol. 8

Audio Samples

>Carter, Elliott : Concerto for Horn
>Carter, Elliott : Mad Regales, for 6 solo voices
>Carter, Elliott : Tintinnabulation, for percussion sextet
>Carter, Elliott : Wind Rose, for wind ensemble
>Carter, Elliott : Sound Fields, for orchestra
>Carter, Elliott : On Conversing with Paradise, for voice, winds, strings & percussion
>Carter, Elliott : Retracing no 1, for solo bassoon
>Carter, Elliott : Quintet for clarinet & string quartet
>Carter, Elliott : Figment no 5, for marimba
>Carter, Elliott : La Musique, for solo soprano
>Carter, Elliott : Retracing no 3, for trumpet
>Carter, Elliott : Due Duetti, for violin & cello
>Carter, Elliott : Figment no 3, for double bass
>Carter, Elliott : Figment no 4, for viola
>Carter, Elliott : Poems (9) of Louis Zukofsky, for soprano & clarinet
>Carter, Elliott : Retracing no 2, for horn

Album Summary

>Carter, Elliott : Concerto for Horn
>Carter, Elliott : Mad Regales, for 6 solo voices
>Carter, Elliott : Tintinnabulation, for percussion sextet
>Carter, Elliott : Wind Rose, for wind ensemble
>Carter, Elliott : Sound Fields, for orchestra
>Carter, Elliott : On Conversing with Paradise, for voice, winds, strings & percussion
>Carter, Elliott : Retracing no 1, for solo bassoon
>Carter, Elliott : Quintet for clarinet & string quartet
>Carter, Elliott : Figment no 5, for marimba
>Carter, Elliott : La Musique, for solo soprano
>Carter, Elliott : Retracing no 3, for trumpet
>Carter, Elliott : Due Duetti, for violin & cello
>Carter, Elliott : Figment no 3, for double bass
>Carter, Elliott : Figment no 4, for viola
>Carter, Elliott : Poems (9) of Louis Zukofsky, for soprano & clarinet
>Carter, Elliott : Retracing no 2, for horn
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In celebration of Elliott Carter's 101st birthday, Bridge Records is pleased to release The Music of Elliott Carter, Vol. 8 (16 Compositions, 2002-2009), a two disc set focusing on Carter's most recent work. The sixteen works to be released include solo, chamber, vocal and orchestral music, and are premiere recordings. Bridge's Elliott Carter Edition is the largest ongoing recording project devoted to the music of Elliott Carter.

"Anyone who has read my blog or my reviews here knows that Elliott Carter's music means a lot to me. I've learned so much from his music it would be hard to list everything. Most important, though, is that I love how it sounds and its expressive depth. I'm not surprised then, when people ask me what pieces would be a good introduction...With this new set of pieces, most of which were written between 2007 and 2009, I have my answer. This album includes virtually every kind of piece Carter has composed during his long career as well as a few that venture into what are, for him, very new areas...Listeners with an interest in this composer will find something of value in this collection. The performances are outstanding and the sound is very good. Longtime Carter annotator Bayan Northcott's notes are informative and insightful." - Steve Hicken, Sequenza 21

"The range of musical expression encompassed by these recent works is dazzlingly wide, from the twisting arguments of the Horn Concerto to the vivid cycle of Louis Zukovsky poems for voice and clarinet, something that you'd never image would work as well as it does - the clarinet a wily commentator, the settings themselves alert and illuminating (I love the impatiently despatched last line of the mostly tranquil setting "Sleep", "only the power-plant hurries in winter"). Favourites? Two vaguely disturbing instrumental meditations, the first Sound Fields for strings, the second, Wind Rose for winds (written at the urging of Oliver Knussen), both works recalling, in effect if not in specific style, the austere mysteries of late Stravinsky. On Conversing with Paradise sets text from Ezra Pound's Cantos, an unfinished epic mirrored in Carter's variegated writing, the wildest musical moments reserved for the raging demands to "Pull down thy vanity".

Among the most striking pieces included is the Clarinet Quintet, a hive of hyperactivity that winds down for some of the most expressive music in the collection. The ingenuity of the Mad Regales on poems by John Ashbery is another high point; Tintinnabulation recalls Varèse in its range of sounds and timbre, and there are the numerous solos and duets, all of them making maximum capital with the most modest of means. All this would have been remarkable enough from a "young Turk", but from a man hovering around the 100 mark? And there's me, some forty years Carter's junior, huffing and puffing, trying to keep up. What an achievement! All the performances totally utterly dedicated, and Bayan Northcott provides expert annotation." - Gramophone Awards, 2010 / Contemporary nominee



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Works Details

>Carter, Elliott : Concerto for Horn
  • Performer: Martin Owen (Horn)
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Running Time: 10 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 08/2006

>Carter, Elliott : Mad Regales, for 6 solo voices
  • Performers: Siân Menna; Edward Price (Baritone); Edward Goater (Voice); Charles Gibbs (Bass); Emma Tring
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2007

>Carter, Elliott : Tintinnabulation, for percussion sextet
  • Conductor: Frank Epstein
  • Ensemble: New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2008

>Carter, Elliott : Wind Rose, for wind ensemble
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2008

>Carter, Elliott : Sound Fields, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Running Time: 5 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2007

>Carter, Elliott : On Conversing with Paradise, for voice, winds, strings & percussion
  • Performer: Leigh Melrose (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Running Time: 11 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2008

>Carter, Elliott : Retracing no 1, for solo bassoon
  • Performer: Peter Kolkay (Bassoon)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2002

>Carter, Elliott : Quintet for clarinet & string quartet
  • Performer: Charles Neidich (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2007

>Carter, Elliott : Figment no 5, for marimba
  • Performer: Simon Boyar (Marimba)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2009

>Carter, Elliott : La Musique, for solo soprano
  • Performer: Lucy Shelton
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2007

>Carter, Elliott : Retracing no 3, for trumpet
  • Performer: Jon Nelson (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2009

>Carter, Elliott : Due Duetti, for violin & cello
  • Performers: Rolf Schulte (Violin); Fred Sherry (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2008-2009

>Carter, Elliott : Figment no 3, for double bass
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2007

>Carter, Elliott : Figment no 4, for viola
  • Performer: Hsin-Yun Huang (Viola)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2007

>Carter, Elliott : Poems (9) of Louis Zukofsky, for soprano & clarinet
  • Performers: Charles Neidich (Clarinet); Lucy Shelton
  • Notes: LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College, New York, NY (10/03/2009-10/04/2009)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2008

>Carter, Elliott : Retracing no 2, for horn
  • Performer: William Purvis (Horn)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2009