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Chamber Music of Arthur Berger (b.1912): Words for Music, Perhaps / Krista River, mz

Album Summary

>Berger, Arthur : Words for Music, Perhaps
>Berger, Arthur : Chamber Music for 13 players
>Berger, Arthur : Septet
>Berger, Arthur : Diptych
>Berger, Arthur : Collage 3, for orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Modernist American composer Arthur Berger features in BMOP/sound's 31st release, Words for Music, Perhaps. The disc includes five of Berger's compositions for varying chamber ensembles, from the 1940s (Words for Music, Perhaps), 50s and 60s (Chamber Music for 13 Players; Septet) to the 90s (Diptych: Collage I and Collage II), including his last composition in 1996, Collage III. Pioneering but underrepresented, Berger's compositions, though few in number, expanded the sonic possibilities of post-WWII modernist music. The music on this disc arcs his compositional oeuvre and is played with precision and panache by the award-winning BMOP orchestra led by Gil Rose.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The program opens with Words For Music, Perhaps (1940, rev. 1987), settings of three Yeats poems for mezzo, flute, clarinet, and cello. Cleanly neoclassical, they express irony and heartbreak and are sung with grace by Ms River. Chamber Music for 13 Players (1956), the title of which is a sort of friendly homage to Babbitt's Composition for 12 Instruments. The Septet (1966) is a medium famously used by Berger's heroes Schoenberg and Stravinsky, and Berger's take has characteristics of both. The Diptych works are essentially re-compositions of earlier pieces. The Boston players make as good a case for this music as can reasonably be expected.



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Works Details

>Berger, Arthur : Words for Music, Perhaps :: Three Poems of Yeats, for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet & cello
  • Performers: Amy Advocat (Clarinet); Sarah Brady (Flute); Krista River (Mezzo Soprano); Holgen Gjoni (Cello)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Berger, Arthur : Chamber Music for 13 players
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Berger, Arthur : Septet
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 11 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Berger, Arthur : Diptych
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 12 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Berger, Arthur : Collage 3, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 13 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1992