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Claude Baker: Glass Bead Game; Awaking the Winds; Shadows; The Mystic Trumpeter / Slatkin; Vonk

> The Glass Bead Game - I. Age of the Feuilleton: The Beginnings of Castalia
> The Glass Bead Game - II. League of Journeyers to the East -
> The Glass Bead Game - III. The Glass Bead Game (Fantasia)
> Awaking the Winds - Awaking the Winds
> Shadows: 4 Dirge-Nocturnes - No. 1. —
> Shadows: 4 Dirge-Nocturnes - No. 2. —
> Shadows: 4 Dirge-Nocturnes - No. 3. — -
> Shadows: 4 Dirge-Nocturnes - No. 4. —
> The Mystic Trumpeter - The Dalliance of the Eagles -
> The Mystic Trumpeter - The Mystic Trumpeter

Album Summary

>Baker, Claude : The Glass Bead Game, for orchestra
>Baker, Claude : Awaking the Winds, for chamber orchestra
>Baker, Claude : Shadows (4) Dirge-Nocturnes, for orchestra
>Baker, Claude : The Mystic Trumpeter, for orchestra
Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Claude Baker is a much-honored composer whose music is alive with connections and inter-related ideas. The Glass Bead Game feasts on dreamlike associations and, through deliberately invoking other composers' music, thrilling collage. Awaking the Winds is, by contrast, 'absolute' music, and in a resonant single-movement structure. The haiku is explored in Shadows in which parallels between written texts and music are accomplished with great refinement and poignancy. Inspired by Walt Whitman's poetry, The Mystic Trumpeter offers a commentary that includes musical quotation and deft tone-painting.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
All told, these are not the best examples of postmodern style. It seems that Mr Baker has his heart in the old modernist ways, and is doing his best to contribute to its more populist demise.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Powell Hall, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.



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Works Details

>Baker, Claude : The Glass Bead Game, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony
  • Notes: Powell Hall, St. Louis, Missouri, USA (1991-11-21&1991-11-23&1991-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Baker, Claude : Awaking the Winds, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony
  • Notes: Powell Hall, St. Louis, Missouri, USA (05/14/1993-05/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Baker, Claude : Shadows (4) Dirge-Nocturnes, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Notes: Powell Hall, St. Louis, Missouri, USA (05/18/1990-05/20/1990)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Baker, Claude : The Mystic Trumpeter, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Hans Vonk
  • Notes: Powell Hall, St. Louis, Missouri, USA (04/16/1999/04/18/1999)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999
  • Studio/Live: Live