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fred: Music by Frederic Rzewski

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fred: Music by Frederic Rzewski

eighth blackbird

  • CDR 90000 084
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    • A (3:40)

    • FREDERIC RZEWSKI (b. 1938)

      Pocket Symphony (2000) (27:38)

      A (3:40)

    • B (4:43)

    • B (4:43)

    • C (4:07)

    • C (4:07)

    • D (4:38)

    • D (4:38)

    • E (4:08)

    • E (4:08)

    • F (6:12)

    • F (6:12)

    • Les Moutons de Panurge (1969) (11:38)

    • Les Moutons de Panurge (1969) (11:38)

    • Coming Together (1971) (arr. Matt Albert, 2000/2003) (18:51)

    • Coming Together (1971) (arr. Matt Albert, 2000/2003) (18:51)

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On fred, the celebrated contemporary music sextet performs sparkling works showcasing the broader chromatic palette of an American master best-known for his piano music.

The program is imbued with the composer's eccentric spirit, improvisational surprises, and social conscience: eighth blackbird's propulsive new arrangement of Rzewski's dramatic Coming Together, in which music accompanies the text of a letter by an inmate killed in the Attica prison uprising of 1971; the energetically playful "musical game" Les Moutons de Panurge; and the world premiere recording of Rzewski's inventive Pocket Symphony, written specially for eighth blackbird.

Critic Reviews

ClassicsToday.com (www.classicstoday.com)

"the last word in ensemble virtuosity"

New York Times (www.nytimes.com)

"Eighth Blackbird plays superbly here, and does a brilliant acting job as well."

Boston Globe (www.bostonglobe.com)

"eighth blackbird is so good it's dangerous"

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 58:30

Artist Name(s):
eighth blackbird
Molly Alicia Barth, flutes
Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets
Matt Albert, violin/narration
Nicholas Photinos, cello
Matthew Duvall, percussion
Lisa Kaplan, piano

Producer & Engineer: Judith Sherman
Assistant Engineer & Digital Editing: Bill Maylone
Recorded: July 14-17, 2003 (Coming Together and Pocket Symphony) and October 28, 2004 (Les Moutons) at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago
Graphic Design: Melanie Germond & Pete Goldlust
Front cover photo: © The Image Bank (GK Hart / Vikki Hart)
Photos of eighth blackbird: McArthur Photography
Interview with Frederic Rzewski recorded June 12, 2004 at Christys Rathskeller in Cincinnati, Ohio, transcribed by Lisa Kaplan
Publisher: Pocket Symphony © 2000, Les Moutons de Panurge © 1969 and Coming Together © 1971, Sound Pool Music (BMI)
Steinway piano, Piano Technicians: Charles Terr and William Schwartz

Matthew Duvall plays Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments
Molly Barth plays a Lillian Burkart flute and piccolo

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