Early Chamber Music of Elliott Carter
- CDR 90000 048
The longer Cedille Selects track excerpts are designed to provide a representative overview of the album
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This CD of Elliott Carter's adventurous early chamber music is designed to appeal to newcomers, as well as aficionados of this renowned contemporary American composer. "Early Chamber Music of Elliott Carter stands out amid Carter CDs because it's accessible from beginning to end," says producer Jim Ginsburg. "The selections are certainly substantial enough to appeal to the composer's hard-core fans, but without discouraging the uninitiated." The pieces, from 1945 to 1950, are "early" in the body of work that made Carter (1908-2012) famous, not the products of a novice composer.
The beginnings of Carter's signature style are evident in these works. "Both musically and chronologically, they occupy a tantalizing middle ground between wartime populism and postwar modernism," Stephen Heinemann writes in the booklet notes.
Audiophile Audition (audaud.com)
"A delight! This is Carter before he became so overly-complex and serialized that few can stand listening to his music."
The Indianapolis Star (www.indystar.com)
" These are pieces that bridge the gap between Carter's populist tendencies as a youngish composer and the dense, complex musical scenarios by which he is best known . . . All the interpretations are as well-crafted as the music."