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Chamber / American Festival of Microtonal Music

Album Summary

>Carrillo, Julian : Preludio a Colon, for soprano, string quartet, flute, quartertone guitar & sixteenthtone harp
>Harrison, Lou : At the Tomb of Charles Ives
>Scelsi, Giacinto : Ko-lho
>Xenakis, Iannis : Anaktoria
>Ives, Charles : Quartet for Strings no 2, for string quartet, S. 58 (K. 2A3)
>Partch, Harry : Settings (2) from Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake", for soprano, kithara & two flutes
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Want to stretch your ears? This disc is one of the best introductions to the world of microtonal music. The program consists of six works, each with its own approach to defining and using tones outside standard notation and keyboard configuration... The stand-out performance on the disc is Ives' own 'Second String Quartet.' Harmony Ives once instructed a copyist not to "correct the spelling" of her husband's scores. (For instance, not to turn an E-flat into D-sharp, for these notes, identical pitches in standard notation, are different pitches in a "natural overtone" scale). She went on to explain how Charles perceived the relationship of such putatively identical notes. AFMM leader Johnny Reinhard realized that she was describing a natural-overtone scale system of 21 notes, and this is billed as the first recording to play this great string quartet in this manner. A valuable alternative to great standard readings, this performance reveals a softer, dreamier, less satiric affect... Obviously producing a labor of love, Reinhard and his musicians give exciting, committed readings. Sound is slightly studio-bound, but clean. In sum: The disc is well worth acquiring." -Classics Today



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Works Details

>Carrillo, Julian : Preludio a Colon, for soprano, string quartet, flute, quartertone guitar & sixteenthtone harp
  • Performer: Meredith Borden (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Johnny Reinhard
  • Ensemble: American Festival of Microtonal Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 9 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922-1925

>Harrison, Lou : At the Tomb of Charles Ives
  • Conductor: Johnny Reinhard
  • Ensemble: American Festival of Microtonal Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 11/20/1963

>Scelsi, Giacinto : Ko-lho
  • Performers: Michiyo Suzuki (Clarinet); Andrew Bolotowsky (Flute)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Xenakis, Iannis : Anaktoria
  • Conductor: Johnny Reinhard
  • Ensemble: American Festival of Microtonal Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 15 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1969

>Ives, Charles : Quartet for Strings no 2, for string quartet, S. 58 (K. 2A3)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1911-1913

>Partch, Harry : Settings (2) from Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake", for soprano, kithara & two flutes
  • Performer: Meredith Borden (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Johnny Reinhard
  • Ensemble: American Festival of Microtonal Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944