Crumb: Quest / Speculum Musicae

Album Summary

>Crumb, George : Night Music I, for soprano, piano/celeste & 2 percussionists
>Crumb, George : Quest, for guitar, soprano sax, harp, bass & 2 percussionists
>Crumb, George : Federico's Little Songs for Children, for soprano, flute/piccolo/alto flute/bass flute & harp
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...Quest, from 1994, sustains [Crumb's] very high level of invention, with its distinctive exploration of timbral effects. Vivid, often percussive sounds and darting, restless lines create a tantalizing, fragmented effect that's quite beguiling. Acoustic guitar, played brilliantly by David Starobin, is the main solo instrument, but soprano saxophone seamlessly weaves phrases from the spiritual 'Amazing Grace' into the texture...a quite wonderful album." ***** -Hamilton, Classic CD



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>Crumb, George : Night Music I, for soprano, piano/celeste & 2 percussionists
  • Performers: James Baker (Percussion); Christopher Oldfather (Piano); Daniel Druckman (Percussion); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Purvis
  • Ensemble: Speculum Musicae
  • Running Time: 13 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Crumb, George : Quest, for guitar, soprano sax, harp, bass & 2 percussionists
  • Performers: Donald Sinta (Saxophone); Karen Lindquist (Harp); Erik Charlston (Percussion); Daniel Druckman (Percussion); Donald Palma (Double Bass); David Starobin (Guitar); David Starobin (Concertina)
  • Conductor: William Purvis
  • Ensemble: Speculum Musicae
  • Running Time: 23 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989-1994

>Crumb, George : Federico's Little Songs for Children, for soprano, flute/piccolo/alto flute/bass flute & harp
  • Performers: Susan Palma-Nidel (Flute); Stacey Shames (Harp); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Purvis
  • Ensemble: Speculum Musicae
  • Notes: Mastersound Astoria (05/20/1996/05/21/1996)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986