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Early Chamber Music of Elliott Carter

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Early Chamber Music of Elliott Carter

Chicago Pro Musica

  • CDR 90000 048
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    • Pastoral for Clarinet and Piano (1945) (9:20)

    • ELLIOTT CARTER (1908-2012)

      Pastoral for Clarinet and Piano (1945) (9:20)

    • I. Allegretto (4:02)

    • Woodwind Quintet (1948) (8:06)

      I. Allegretto (4:02)

    • II. Allegro giocoso (4:01)

    • II. Allegro giocoso (4:01)

    • I. Moderato (4:47)

    • Sonata for Cello and Piano (1948) (21:42) *
      with Barbara Haffner, cello

      I. Moderato (4:47)

    • II. Vivace, molto leggiero (5:00)

    • II. Vivace, molto leggiero (5:00)

    • III. Adagio (5:43)

    • III. Adagio (5:43)

    • IV. Allegro (6:00)

    • IV. Allegro (6:00)

    • I. Maestoso (1:07)

    • Eight Etudes and a Fantasy for Woodwind Quartet (1950) (17:37)

      I. Maestoso (1:07)

    • II. Quietly (1:00)

    • II. Quietly (1:00)

    • III. Adagio possibile (1:16)

    • III. Adagio possibile (1:16)

    • IV. Vivace (1:42)

    • IV. Vivace (1:42)

    • V. Andante (1:57)

    • V. Andante (1:57)

    • VI. Allegretto leggero (2:24)

    • VI. Allegretto leggero (2:24)

    • VII. Intensely (1:06)

    • VII. Intensely (1:06)

    • VIII. Presto (1:29)

    • VIII. Presto (1:29)

    • Fantasy: Tempo giusto (5:19)

    • Fantasy: Tempo giusto (5:19)

Album Description Download Full CD Booklet

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.

Critic Reviews

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."

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 57:12

Recorded: July-Aug 1997, Dec 1998, Mar 1999 at WFMT, Chicago, IL
Producer: James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone
Cover: Jackson Pollock, Untitled (c. 1945). Private collection.
Design: Cheryl A Boncuore
Notes: Stephen Heinemann

© 1999 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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