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Burr Van Nostrand (b. 1945): Voyage in a White Building; Fantasy Manualfor Urgan Survival; Phaedra Antinomaes

Album Summary

>Van Nostrand, Burr : Fantasy Manual for Urban Survival, for flute, cello & prepared piano
>Van Nostrand, Burr : Phaedra Antinomaes, for violin
>Van Nostrand, Burr : Voyage in a White Building I, for chamber orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This long-awaited recording includes three extraordinary works by one of America's most original and forward-thinking composers. The music of Burr Van Nostrand (b. 1945), although born from, and deeply rooted in, the anti-war counterculture avant-garde of the 1960s and 70s, remains as strikingly fresh and timeless today as when it was first performed in the late 60s and early 70s. Van Nostrand's music is marked by an acute sensitivity to instrumental color and texture, extreme sonic contrasts, gestural freedom, and a signature ensemble fluidity achieved through the use of very precise and detailed conventional notation combined with extraordinarily beautiful graphic notation, resulting in music that places very high technical demands on the performer and at the same time allows for the flexibility and freedom of improvisation. Each work on this disc presents a catalog of extended techniques that would widen the eyes of even the most dedicated Lachenmann enthusiast, but is also infused with a pluralistic view that vividly reflects the time and place of composition - Boston and New Haven at the height of the Vietnam anti-war movement. This disc includes three works that represent the extremes of his output, from the most graphically notated and improvisational, Voyage in a White Building I, to the most structured and fully notated, Fantasy Manual for Urban Survival, with Phaedra Antinomaes located somewhere in the middle of these two extremes.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Each work included is recorded with care, an excellent representation of Nostrand's art. Fans of the latter-half 20th Century avant-garde who don't already have some of his music will enjoy having this record.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston, MA (1969-12-09&1972-10-17&2012-).



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Works Details

>Van Nostrand, Burr : Fantasy Manual for Urban Survival, for flute, cello & prepared piano
  • Performers: Jay Humeston (Cello); Robert Stallman (Flute); Hermann Weiss (Prepared Piano)
  • Conductor: Anthony Coleman
  • Ensemble: NEC Chamber Ensemble
  • Running Time: 33 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Van Nostrand, Burr : Phaedra Antinomaes, for violin
  • Performer: Paul Severtson (Violin)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Van Nostrand, Burr : Voyage in a White Building I, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Anthony Coleman
  • Running Time: 23 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1969