Crazy Jane / Lansky, Leisner, Roxbury, Naito, Musto & Crumb

Audio Samples

>Lansky, Paul : Songs of Parting, for baritone, guitar & percussion
>Leisner, David : Three James Tate Songs, for baritone & guitar
>Roxbury, Ronald : Crazy Jane, for baritone, guitar & percussion
>Naito, Akemi : The Idea of Order at Key West, for baritone, guitar & percussion
>Musto, John [Piano] : The Brief Light, for baritone & guitar
>Crumb, George : The Ghosts of Alhambra (Spanish Songbook no 1), for baritone, guitar & percussion

Album Summary

>Lansky, Paul : Songs of Parting, for baritone, guitar & percussion
>Leisner, David : Three James Tate Songs, for baritone & guitar
>Roxbury, Ronald : Crazy Jane, for baritone, guitar & percussion
>Naito, Akemi : The Idea of Order at Key West, for baritone, guitar & percussion
>Musto, John [Piano] : The Brief Light, for baritone & guitar
>Crumb, George : The Ghosts of Alhambra (Spanish Songbook no 1), for baritone, guitar & percussion
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

All of the works on this disc were composed for the trio, Crazy Jane, and all receive their premiere recordings. Paul Lansky's Songs of Parting is an intricate elaboration of the folk song variously known as "Ten Thousand Miles," "The Lonesome Dove," and "Fare Thee Well." Patrick Mason describes poet James Tate as "pitching his tent in mayhem's back yard," and David Leisner's setting, for baritone and guitar, pushes the performers to extremes of expression. Akemi Naito's colorful Wallace Stevens setting plays on the gentle atmosphere of water and distance in the Florida Keys, and George Crumb captures Lorca's dark, brooding sonorities in his cycle Ghosts of the Alhambra. John Musto's The Brief Light intimately sets six James Laughlin poems about love, in songs that are melancholic and wise, and Ronald Roxbury's Crazy Jane, features Mason's baritone in a shocking and strange portrayal.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City (04/2010-09/2010).



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Works Details

>Lansky, Paul : Songs of Parting, for baritone, guitar & percussion
  • Ensemble: Crazy Jane
  • Running Time: 11 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2007

>Leisner, David : Three James Tate Songs, for baritone & guitar
  • Ensemble: Crazy Jane
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2007

>Roxbury, Ronald : Crazy Jane, for baritone, guitar & percussion
  • Ensemble: Crazy Jane
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1975

>Naito, Akemi : The Idea of Order at Key West, for baritone, guitar & percussion
  • Ensemble: Crazy Jane
  • Running Time: 10 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2007

>Lansky, Paul : Songs of Parting, for baritone, guitar & percussion
  • Ensemble: Crazy Jane
  • Running Time: 11 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2007

>Musto, John [Piano] : The Brief Light, for baritone & guitar
  • Ensemble: Crazy Jane
  • Running Time: 11 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2010

>Crumb, George : The Ghosts of Alhambra (Spanish Songbook no 1), for baritone, guitar & percussion
  • Ensemble: Crazy Jane
  • Running Time: 18 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2009

>Lansky, Paul : Songs of Parting, for baritone, guitar & percussion
  • Ensemble: Crazy Jane
  • Running Time: 11 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2007