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Richard Carrick (b.1971): Cycles of Evolution; The Veins of Marble; PrisonerÆs Cinema; Sub-merge Adagios for String Orchestra

Album Summary

>Carrick, Richard : Namdaemun, for orchestra
>Carrick, Richard : The Veins of Marble, for ensemble
>Carrick, Richard : Dark Flow-Double Quartet, for violin, cello, cimbalom & piano
>Carrick, Richard : Prisoner's Cinema, for ensemble
>Carrick, Richard : Sub-merge, for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn & piano
>Carrick, Richard : Adagios for string orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

A special feature of Richard Carrick's (b. 1971) music has always been his fascination with creating spatial depth and dimension through subtly balanced orchestration and dynamics. Constantly in development, these qualities are salient in a new crop of pieces from 2012 through 2014, filtered through an increasing attraction to the power of rich, robust stasis, rhythmic ambiguity, and the plasticity of motivic ideas. Of the six works on this disc, the first five comprise a new cycle of compositions - Cycles of Evolution. This set of works was conceived in the vein of Carrick's earlier Flow Cycle, but never intended to be a sequel, or even a continuation of those ideas. Where Flow Cycle uses a limited color palette and is cast in solo and chamber form, climaxing in a trio, Cycles of Evolution employs the lush, expansive rainbow of colors offered by large ensembles with conductor. Outside of Cycles of Evolution sits the final work on this disc, a four movement set of Adagios for String Orchestra. Organized almost as a compendium of varieties of Adagios (even showing different types within single movements), Carrick distills the essence of an adagio to "a single movement, emotional response to an event." The event in question here is the death of the composer's father, which is treated in turn with music that evokes distress, anger, release, and comfort. Certain composers display surface gestures that define them without a doubt within the first few moments of hearing a piece. Not so with Richard Carrick. The uniquely defining aspects of Carrick's music lie deep in the structure. It's the way we perceive melody and form, the systematic and ruthless exploration of intervals, and the way that passing time effects our understanding of a gesture even as we are hearing it, that moves us in ways that are as difficult to define as the melodic role in any instant. It's music that requires our attention, but the rewards far outstrip the efforts.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Cycles of Evolution (2013-14) is a set of five pieces for various ensembles, all related in terms of general procedures. Brian Ferneyhough and Helmut Lachenmann are mentioned prominently in the notes. The program closes with four Adagios for String Orchestra (2010-2013). The first is an Elegy in memory of his father, with the main motive containing a "Lachenmann crescendo", a note starting from nowhere and growing with a rapid dynamic surge. Performances are expert for the most part. Typically helpful New World booklet.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Either/Or Spring Festival, The Kitchen, New York, NY (01/30/2013); NY Phil Biennial, Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY (01/30/2013); NYU Studios, New York, NY (01/30/2013); Roulette, Brooklyn, NY (01/30/2013); St. Anne's Church, Brooklyn, NY (01/30/2013); Either/Or Spring Festival, The Kitchen, New York, NY (05/30/2013); NY Phil Biennial, Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY (05/30/2013); NYU Studios, New York, NY (05/30/2013); Roulette, Brooklyn, NY (05/30/2013); St. Anne's Church, Brooklyn, NY (05/30/2013); Either/Or Spring Festival, The Kitchen, New York, NY (05/31/2013); NY Phil Biennial, Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY (05/31/2013); NYU Studios, New York, NY (05/31/2013); Roulette, Brooklyn, NY (05/31/2013); St. Anne's Church, Brooklyn, NY (05/31/2013); Either/Or Spring Festival, The Kitchen, New York, NY (06/08/2013); NY Phil Biennial, Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY (06/08/2013); NYU Studios, New York, NY (06/08/2013); Roulette, Brooklyn, NY (06/08/2013); St. Anne's Church, Brooklyn, NY (06/08/2013); Either/Or Spring Festival, The Kitchen, New York, NY (09/23/2013); NY Phil Biennial, Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY (09/23/2013); NYU Studios, New York, NY (09/23/2013); Roulette, Brooklyn, NY (09/23/2013); St. Anne's Church, Brooklyn, NY (09/23/2013); Either/Or Spring Festival, The Kitchen, New York, NY (10/09/2013); NY Phil Biennial, Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY (10/09/2013); NYU Studios, New York, NY (10/09/2013); Roulette, Brooklyn, NY (10/09/2013); St. Anne's Church, Brooklyn, NY (10/09/2013).



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>Carrick, Richard : Namdaemun, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Carrick
  • Ensemble: New York Philharmonic members
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2014
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Carrick, Richard : The Veins of Marble, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Richard Carrick
  • Ensemble: Either Or (Ensemble)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2000
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Carrick, Richard : Dark Flow-Double Quartet, for violin, cello, cimbalom & piano
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Son
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2013
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Carrick, Richard : Prisoner's Cinema, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Richard Carrick
  • Ensemble: Hotel Elefant
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Carrick, Richard : Sub-merge, for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn & piano
  • Performer: Richard Carrick (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Dz4 Wind Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2013

>Carrick, Richard : Adagios for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Carrick
  • Ensemble: Toomai String Quintet
  • Running Time: 14 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010
  • Studio/Live: Live