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American Classics - Crumb: Songs, Drones, Refrains of Death

Album Summary

>Crumb, George : Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death
>Crumb, George : Quest, for guitar, soprano sax, harp, bass & 2 percussionists
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

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George Crumb's reputation as a composer of hauntingly beautiful scores has made him one of the most frequently performed composers today. 'Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death,' scored for baritone, electric instruments and percussion, is based on the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, with its fantastically rich expression and evocative power. It provides an admirable vehicle for musical re-creation: '...a musical language to complement this very beautiful poetry' in the composer's words. It is coupled on this disc with 'Quest,' a sextet led by an acoustic guitar and featuring a host of unusual percussion instruments, including the Appalachian hammered dulcimer, the African talking drum, and the Mexican rain stick.



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>Crumb, George : Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death
  • Performers: Hans-Peter Achberger (Percussion); Francisco Obieta (Double Bass); Peter Dagenhardt (Piano); Peter Dagenhardt (Harpsichord); Carmen Erb (Percussion); Nicholas Isherwood (Bass); Alexander Swete (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Fuat Kent
  • Ensemble: Art Nouveau Ensemble
  • Notes: Radiostudio Zurich (06/12/2004-06/15/2004)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1962-1968

>Crumb, George : Quest, for guitar, soprano sax, harp, bass & 2 percussionists
  • Performers: Hans-Peter Achberger (Percussion); Francisco Obieta (Double Bass); Silke Aichhorn (Harp); Carmen Erb (Percussion); Alexander Swete (Guitar); Hugo Read (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Fuat Kent
  • Ensemble: Art Nouveau Ensemble
  • Notes: Radiostudio Zurich (06/12/2004-06/15/2004)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989-1994