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Alexander Goehr: Marching to Carcassonne; When Adam Fell; Pastorals / Peter Serkin, piano

> When Adam Fell, Op. 89 - When Adam Fell, Op. 89
> Pastorals, Op. 19 - Pastorals, Op. 19
> Marching to Carcassonne, Op. 74 - I. March
> Marching to Carcassonne, Op. 74 - II. Introduction -
> Marching to Carcassonne, Op. 74 - III. Invention
> Marching to Carcassonne, Op. 74 - IV. Chaconne
> Marching to Carcassonne, Op. 74 - V. March -
> Marching to Carcassonne, Op. 74 - VI. Night -
> Marching to Carcassonne, Op. 74 - VII. Burlesque
> Marching to Carcassonne, Op. 74 - VIII. March -
> Marching to Carcassonne, Op. 74 - IX. …marching to Carcassonne, Labyrinth

Album Summary

>Goehr, Alexander : When Adam Fell, for orchestra, Op. 89
>Goehr, Alexander : Pastorals, for orchestra, Op. 19
>Goehr, Alexander : Marching to Carcassonne, for piano & orchestra, Op. 74
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

A unique programme of music by Alexander Goehr unavailable elsewhere on record. The composer's close association with conductor Oliver Knussen and pianist Peter Serkin give all of these performances definitive status.

BBC Music Magazine, April 2013
Goehr's abrupt sometimes taken a few listens to grasp, but its lean textures and evocative instrumental colours are ideal for Oliver Knussen's meticulous ear for delight and delight in sonority. Himself the dedicatee of When Adam Fell, Knussen brings out the music's sparkle and lively character.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2013
Admirably committed and detailed, and very well captured.

Sunday Times, 3rd February 2013
Gabrieli's antiphonal brass writing becomes the overt influence [in Pastorals] as the arrestingly nuggety score proceeds. When Adam Fell is a scholastically inspired orchestral treatment of a Bach-chorale bass line, Marching to Carcassonne (2002) a complex hybrid for piano and 12 instruments, glorying in a skewed neoclassicism.

The Guardian, 31st January 2013
This collection of previously unrecorded works makes a valuable late 80th-birthday tribute to Alexander Goehr...The performances under Knussen, with Peter Serkin as soloist in the Carcassone piece, could not be bettered, but on disc both seem as hard to pin down as they did in the concert hall.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
When Adam Fell (2011) takes its title from the Bach chorale, from which Goehr extracted the falling chromatic bass line, and builds a group of very free fantasy variations on it. These variants are colorful in their brief Schoenbergian segments, forming a skillful. The earlier Pastorals (1965) is in two parts. The first is a set of variations on a pastoral. Again the effect is assured. The main event on the program is Marching to Carcassonne (2002), a serenade for piano and 12 instruments, the pianist being Peter Serkin. According to the notes, Carcassonne is a mythical destination invented by one Lord Dunsany and used for a short story, which was written about by Borges in an essay. The first and third pieces are concert performances.



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Works Details

>Goehr, Alexander : When Adam Fell, for orchestra, Op. 89
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Goehr, Alexander : Pastorals, for orchestra, Op. 19
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 16 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1965

>Goehr, Alexander : Marching to Carcassonne, for piano & orchestra, Op. 74
  • Performer: Peter Serkin (Piano)
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Running Time: 29 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002
  • Studio/Live: Live