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EMI American Classics - Elliot Carter / Ole Böhn, Oliver Knussen, London Sinfonetta, et al

Album Summary

>Carter, Elliott : Three Occasions
>Carter, Elliott : Concerto for Violin
>Carter, Elliott : Concerto for Orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

It was as a teenager that Carter developed an interest in music, an interest that was encouraged by a friendship with Charles Ives. Like many other American composers at the time, Carter's early neoclassical style was inspired by study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, and both Stravinsky and Hindemith became early influences. By the 1950s, Carter had developed his mature style and he adopted a more rhythmically complex technique that he called "temporal modulation." Needless to say this music is not what might be termed "easy on the ear," but it is wonderfully crafted, challenging to the listener, and never less than rewarding.

The Times
Carter, 100 in December, was born the day after Messiaen, but he sounds younger - his music has yet to sink in. It bears comparison with Beckett's plays: phrases, meaningful in themselves, relate to each other only in their simultaneity. Rhythms are spasmodic, while held chords of vibrant beauty colour kaleidoscopic scenes that are rich with turbulent activity. The Concerto for Orchestra rumbles and flashes like a tremor. In the Violin Concerto, the soloist Ole Böhn floats clear of a misty orchestral soup; one treasures the scherzando in which the pulse unites the players in a brief scintillating jig. Knussen, conducting the London Sinfonietta in 1991, lets no detail escape.



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Works Details

>Carter, Elliott : Three Occasions
  • Performer: Eric Crees (Trombone)
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 16 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986-1989

>Carter, Elliott : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Ole Bohn (Violin)
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 25 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1990

>Carter, Elliott : Concerto for Orchestra
  • Conductor: Oliver Knussen
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1969