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eighth blackbird: thirteen ways

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eighth blackbird: thirteen ways

eighth blackbird

  • CDR 90000 067
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    • Petroushskates (1980) (5:49)

    • JOAN TOWER, b. 1938 (arr. Allen Otte)

      Petroushskates (1980) (5:49)

    • I. (1:14)

    • GEORGE PERLE, b. 1915

      Critical Moments 2 * (2001) (11:24)

      I. (1:14)

    • II. (1:13)

    • II. (1:13)

    • III. (2:03)

    • III. (2:03)

    • IV. (0:51)

    • IV. (0:51)

    • V. (1:19)

    • V. (1:19)

    • VI. (0:46)

    • VI. (0:46)

    • VII. (1:27)

    • VII. (1:27)

    • VIII. (1:05)

    • VIII. (1:05)

    • IX. (1:03)

    • IX. (1:03)

    • Variations * (1998) (9:05)

    • DAVID SCHOBER, b. 1974

      Variations * (1998) (9:05)

    • I. Leaden, bleak (2:08)

    • THOMAS ALBERT, b. 1948

      Thirteen Ways * (1997) (28:48)

      I. Leaden, bleak (2:08)

    • II. Aloof, persistent (1:50)

    • II. Aloof, persistent (1:50)

    • III. Nimble, capricious (2:28)

    • III. Nimble, capricious (2:28)

    • IV. Sensuous, relaxed (3:42)

    • IV. Sensuous, relaxed (3:42)

    • V. Freely, like a birdsong (1:43)

    • V. Freely, like a birdsong (1:43)

    • VI. Subdued, but urgently (2:42)

    • VI. Subdued, but urgently (2:42)

    • VII. Exuberant, but increasingly stodgy (1:57)

    • VII. Exuberant, but increasingly stodgy (1:57)

    • VIII. Steady, rhythmic (2:37)

    • VIII. Steady, rhythmic (2:37)

    • IX. Spacious, detached (2:03)

    • IX. Spacious, detached (2:03)

    • X. Orotund, discordant (1:51)

    • X. Orotund, discordant (1:51)

    • XI. Driving, relentless (2:07)

    • XI. Driving, relentless (2:07)

    • XII. Seamless, expansive (1:56)

    • XII. Seamless, expansive (1:56)

    • XIII. Serene (1:39)

    • XIII. Serene (1:39)

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Thirteen Ways is eighth blackbird's commercial recording debut album on Cedille Records, featuring music by four of America's most gifted composers:David Schober (b. 1974), Thomas Albert (b. 1948), Joan Tower (b. 1938), and George Perle (b. 1915). Tower's sparkling Petroushskates is a vibrant homage to Stravinsky; Schober's elegantly crafted Variations, by turns ethereal and insistent, garnered the 1999 Wayne Peterson Prize from San Francisco State University; Perle's Critical Moments II, one of the ensemble's recent commissions, is "remarkably fresh in its spiky crystalline fragments, rapid atonal flurries and muted wisps of sound" (Los Angeles Times); and Albert's kaleidoscopic Thirteen Ways is as evocative and stimulating as the poem that inspired it.

With its "hip, engaging energy and a sterling musicianship" (Chicago Tribune), eighth blackbird "proves that new music can be both fun and serious" (Detroit Free Press). Even if your tastes tend toward the traditional, you'll find yourself beguiled by the new CD from "this wise and vivacious ensemble" (San Francisco Chronicle).

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"Eighth Blackbird is so good it's dangerous."

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 55:30

*World Premiere Recording(s)

Recorded: Track 1: October 3, 2002 Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston, IL
Tracks 2-11: July 15 & 16, 2002 & Tracks 12-24 July 13-14, 2002 Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center, SUNY Purchase, NY.
Producer and Engineer: Judith Sherman
Assistant Engineer: Hsi-Ling Chang
Editing: Track 1: Bill Maylone
Editing Assistants: Tracks 2-10 Hsi-Ling Chang
Tracks 11-24 Jeanne Velonis
Mastering: Bill Maylone
Front Cover Photograph: © Andy Whale/Stone
Graphic Design: Melanie Germond & Pete Goldlust
Notes: eighth blackbird & the composers

© 2003 Cedille Records/Cedille Chicago

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