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New Music with Guitar, Vol. 8 - works by Starobin, Lansky, Ruders, Crumb / David Starobin, Mari Yoshinaga, Patrick Mason, Daniel Druckman

Album Summary

>Starobin, David [Guitar] : Variations on a theme by Carl Nielsen, for guitar
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Partita for guitar
>Ruders, Poul : Pages (6) for guitar
>Crumb, George : The Ghosts of Alhambra (Spanish Songbook no 1), for baritone, guitar & percussion
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

David Starobin continues his award-winning New Music with Guitar series after a six year hiatus. Volume 8 includes two solo works and two chamber pieces in their premiere recordings. Starobin's own composition, Variations on a Theme by Carl Nielsen, takes Nielsen's "Song Behind the Plow," first published in 1899, and subjects it to 12 variations. Paul Lansky's Partita for guitar and percussion is in four beautifully wrought and intricate movements. Six Pages by the Danish composer Poul Ruders, presents miniatures that run the gamut from light and comic to sustained and meditative. George Crumb's Ghosts of the Alhambra is a song cycle based on poems of Lorca, and features the distinguished American baritone, Patrick Mason. Starobin's new music recordings include his Grammy-nominated "Newdance" (BRIDGE 9084) and New Music with Guitar, Vol. 7 (BRIDGE 9239).

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The real excitement here is a new work by George Crumb, The Ghosts of Alhambra. It is scored for amplified guitar, baritone, and a single percussionist playing Crumb's usual wide-ranging battery. It also marks the first time in 23 years Crumb has returned to the searing poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca. This work is another part of the composer's uniquely inventive sound world, sometimes delicately beautiful. It's a real gem. Starobin plays with his expected mastery - few guitarists can play with such intensity while never overplaying. His colleagues are just as fine, and the music will become a part of the growing guitar repertory.



Reviews

A personal program
David Starobin's New Music with Guitar series has done much to expand the repertoire for the instrument. Volume 8 continues the same high standards set for composition and performance set by the previous volumes. Only this time it's personal.

It's sort of a Bridge family release. David Starobin, in addition to being the featured artist (and one of the composers), is also the co-founder of Bridge Records. Bridge has long championed the compositions of Poul Ruders, and is releasing an on-going series of George Crumb's music. And all four composers share the same manager.

That collegial relationship gives the record, despite the disparity in styles, a unified and somewhat intimate-feeling program. (at least to my ears).

The album starts with David Starobin's "Nielsen Variations" for solo guitar. It's the most tonal of the selections, probably because of the source material. Starobin is an imaginative composer -- especially when he's writing for his own instrument. A delightful work from start to finish.

Paul Lansky's "Partita" for guitar and percussion, is quite accessible. Lanksy's music has a New York City feel to it -- not quite Broadway, but quite cosmopolitan, sophisticated, and full of bustling energy.

"Six Pages" by Poul Ruders is just that -- six short epigrams. The whole piece only takes about seven minutes to play. Still, these are no slight pieces. Ruders carefully constructs each "page" using minimal music resources to maximum effect.

"The Ghosts of Alhambra" is classic George Crumb. This work for baritone, guitar, and percussion reminds me somewhat of his "Madrigals" and "Ancient Voices of Children." It has that same atmospheric sound and use of extended techniques that gives Crumb's music its unique character.
Submitted on 01/14/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Starobin, David [Guitar] : Variations on a theme by Carl Nielsen, for guitar
  • Performer: David Starobin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : Partita for guitar
  • Performers: Mari Yoshinaga (Percussion); David Starobin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Ruders, Poul : Pages (6) for guitar
  • Performer: David Starobin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Crumb, George : The Ghosts of Alhambra (Spanish Songbook no 1), for baritone, guitar & percussion
  • Performers: Daniel Druckman (Percussion); Patrick Mason (Baritone); David Starobin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2009