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Donald Crockett: Night Scenes / Firebird Ensemble, Jeffrey Means

Audio Samples

>Crockett, Donald : Night Scenes, for violin, cello & piano
>Crockett, Donald : To airy thinness beat, for ensemble
>Crockett, Donald : Wet Ink, for violin & piano
>Crockett, Donald : Scree, for cello, piano & percussion

Album Summary

>Crockett, Donald : Night Scenes, for violin, cello & piano
>Crockett, Donald : To airy thinness beat, for ensemble
>Crockett, Donald : Wet Ink, for violin & piano
>Crockett, Donald : Scree, for cello, piano & percussion
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Donald Crockett's works are notable, first of all, for their clarity and their immediate impact on the listener. The music could be described as elemental, on several levels - in its sonic tactility, in its use of readily identifiable, almost objectlike musical gestures, and in its frequent connections, through poetic and evocative titles, to the lived, physical world. A sense of durability, of ruggedness, abides, even through a delicacy or sweetness that frequently makes itself felt. There is a sense of transparent and flowing, tonally-centered harmonic motion, not ignoring moments of crunchy, high-density dissonance. Above all there is energy, constant energy: the energy of dance and American popular music, even without strong reference to those styles, an energy born of intimacy with the physical nature of performance, like improvisation. The precision talents and eclectic energy of the Boston-based Firebird Ensemble, part of a new breed of chamber ensembles as comfortable playing clubs as concert halls, match up well with Crockett's intricate, entertaining, and intimate music. Years of close collaboration have led to this wonderful recording of four significant chamber works.

An important legacy of some of the finest works of the 20th century conducted by one of its greatest composers.

Fanfare Magazine - Lynn René Bayley
This disc presents the music of Donald Crockett (b.1951), whose works have previously appeared on the New World, Albany, ECM, Doberman-Yppan, and Laurel labels. His music is described in the liner notes as quintessentially "American music," and so it is. It is also music of great expression, sharp contrasts of mood, and original ways of thinking about conventional groups of instruments.

This is a highly engaging disc of new music, and I am thoroughly captivated by the essential inner quality and delicacy of Crockett's music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College (12/2009).



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Works Details

>Crockett, Donald : Night Scenes, for violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Gabriela Diaz (Violin); David Russell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Crockett, Donald : To airy thinness beat, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Means
  • Ensemble: Firebird Ensemble (Classical)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Crockett, Donald : Wet Ink, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Gabriela Diaz (Violin)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Crockett, Donald : Scree, for cello, piano & percussion
  • Performers: Corey Smythe (Piano); Jeffrey Means (Percussion); David Russell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997