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Crumb: Vox Balaenae / Robert Aitken, New Music Concerts

Album Summary

>Crumb, George : Vox balaenae
>Crumb, George : Federico's Little Songs for Children, for soprano, flute/piccolo/alto flute/bass flute & harp
>Crumb, George : An Idyll for the Misbegotten (Images III), for amplified flute & 3 percussionists
>Crumb, George : Echoes of Autumn (11) "Echoes no 1"
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Notes & Reviews:

George Crumb's reputation as a composer of hauntingly beautiful scores has made him one of the most frequently performed composers today. He has won numerous awards and prizes, including the Pulitzer, and a 2004 Musical America 'Composer of the Year' laurel. 'Vox Balaenae' (Voice of the Whale) is scored for amplified flute, cello, and piano, and was inspired by a tape recording of whale songs that the composer had heard. 'Federico's Little Songs for Children' originated in Lorca's 'Canciones para ninos,' and employs all four members of the flute family, performed by the celebrated Canadian flutist Robert Aiken. "The George Crumb disc favors works written for flutist Robert Aitken, who is sometimes asked, with entrancing effect, to murmur poetry while playing. In these excellent, sometimes explosive performances, Crumb's musical world has lost none of its allure or singularity." -The Philadelphia Enquirer



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>Crumb, George : Vox balaenae :: electric flute, electric cello & electric piano
  • Performers: David Hetherington (Cello); Robert Aitken (Flute); David Swan (Piano)
  • Ensemble: New Music Concerts Ensemble
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, King City, Ontario, Canada (04/13/2003/09/10/2004)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Crumb, George : Federico's Little Songs for Children, for soprano, flute/piccolo/alto flute/bass flute & harp
  • Performers: Robert Aitken (Flute); Teri Dunn (Soprano); Erica Goodman (Harp)
  • Ensemble: New Music Concerts Ensemble
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, King City, Ontario, Canada (04/13/2003/09/10/2004)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986

>Crumb, George : An Idyll for the Misbegotten (Images III), for amplified flute & 3 percussionists
  • Performers: Trevor Tureski (Percussion); Richard Sacks (Percussion); Robert Aitken (Flute); Ryan Scott (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: New Music Concerts Ensemble
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, King City, Ontario, Canada (04/13/2003/09/10/2004)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986

>Crumb, George : Echoes of Autumn (11) "Echoes no 1"
  • Performers: Robert Aitken (Flute); David Swan (Piano); Fujiko Imajishi (Violin); Joaquin Valdepeñas (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: New Music Concerts Ensemble
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, King City, Ontario, Canada (04/13/2003/09/10/2004)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966