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George Crumb Edition, Vol. 15

Audio Samples

>Crumb, George : The Ghosts of Alhambra (Spanish Songbook no 1), for baritone, guitar & percussion
>Crumb, George : Voices from a Forgotten World (American Songbook no 5), for solo female voice, male voices, amplifi

Album Summary

>Crumb, George : The Ghosts of Alhambra (Spanish Songbook no 1), for baritone, guitar & percussion
>Crumb, George : Voices from a Forgotten World (American Songbook no 5), for solo female voice, male voices, amplifi
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This exciting disc presents the first recordings of two new George Crumb song cycles. With The Ghosts of Alhambra, George Crumb returns once again to his favorite poet, Federico García Lorca. The texts for The Ghosts of Alhambra come from Poema del cante jondo, much of which Lorca wrote in reaction to the commercialized flamenco he experienced in contemporary Andalusia. Crumb's settings are alternately dark, dramatic and childlike in their directness and simplicity. The spectacular tapestry that is Crumb's Voices from a Forgotten World presents a huge variety of American song from diverse sources. Native American songs (Navajo and Ojibwa) bump up against 17th century ballads and folk songs from various corners of the nation. The huge percussion orchestra provides one of Crumb's most colorful scores in a 46 minute composition that is shattering in its cumulative emotional impact. Also available: "George Crumb: Bad Dog!" DVD of a film featuring Crumb in interview and performance (BRIDGE 9312).

"[folksongs] are overlaid with Crumb's traditional 'night music' gestures - amplified piano strings plucked and beaten, bowed cymbals and gongs, chanting, whistling, and whispering. All this actually makes for an easy-listening experience, and the over-the-top setting of Forster's 'Beautiful Dreamer', bordering on self-parody, adds welcome levity. Mason and Jamie van Eyck are committed advocates." -BBC Music



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Works Details

>Crumb, George : The Ghosts of Alhambra (Spanish Songbook no 1), for baritone, guitar & percussion
  • Performers: Daniel Druckman (Percussion); David Starobin (Guitar)
  • Notes: The Academy of Arts and Letters, New York City (06/29/2010-06/30/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2009

>Crumb, George : Voices from a Forgotten World (American Songbook no 5), for solo female voice, male voices, amplifi
  • Performers: Jamie Eyck; Patrick Mason (Baritone)
  • Conductor: James Freeman
  • Ensemble: Orchestra 2001
  • Notes: Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania (10/12/2008-10/14/2008)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal