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Music of Allan Gordon Bell: Gravity and Grace / The Land's End Chamber Ensemble; James Campbell, clarinet

Album Summary

>Bell, Allan Gordon : Field Notes, for clarinet & chamber ensemble
>Bell, Allan Gordon : Phenomenes, for violin, cello & piano
>Bell, Allan Gordon : Sweetgrass, for flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano & percussion
>Bell, Allan Gordon : Trails of Gravity and Grace, for clarinet, cello & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Expedition Audio Recommended
While Bell's music is certainly not for everyone, its power and originality was irresistible to me. I invite you to listen to the samples provided in the sidebar... If you think you would enjoy more of this music, go for it. Purchase the CD, read the program notes so you understand what the composer is expressing, and give the album an honest, focused hearing. I hope that the rewards for you will be as great as those I have enjoyed. ... read more ...

This CD from Centrediscs is the first devoted to Bell's chamber music, and is to be released on his 60th birthday. It includes the premiere recordings of 4 works, composed between 1997 and 2012. Performing these works is the Land's End Chamber Ensemble of Calgary. 2 previous Land's End CD's have won the western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording, and a Juno Award in the classical Composition.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Allan Gordon Bell is the kind of composer who likes to explain that he found inspiration for a new piece of music while sitting serenely in nature. For example, Field Notes (2012), written for the Land's End ensemble, comes from the composer's observation of the convergence of two rivers in Alberta. Bell tries to represent each river musically, and then fuse them as the waters mix into one stream.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre, The University of (2011-10-23&2012-06-05&2012-).



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Works Details

>Bell, Allan Gordon : Field Notes, for clarinet & chamber ensemble
  • Performer: James Campbell (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Bell, Allan Gordon : Phénomènes, for violin, cello & piano
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008

>Bell, Allan Gordon : Sweetgrass, for flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano & percussion
  • Performer: Ilana Dahl (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1997

>Bell, Allan Gordon : Trails of Gravity and Grace, for clarinet, cello & piano
  • Performer: James Campbell (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004