The Complete Music for Piano. Elliott Carter ; Charles Rosen. Elliott Carter. Chamber Music. Early Chamber Music of Elliott Carter. Elliott Carter ; Chicago Pro Musica. What Next? An avid chamber musician, Ms.
Oppens has performed with the Arditti, Juilliard, Pacifica, and Rosetti quartets, among others. Oppens launched Mr. In fall , Ms. First encouraged toward a musical career by his friend and mentor Charles Ives, Carter was recognized by the Pulitzer Prize Committee for the first time in for his groundbreaking String Quartet No.
This astonishing late-career creative burst has resulted in a plethora of new works. The first few weeks of brought a pair of acclaimed new scores: Micomicon, a witty concert-opener for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the incisive Dialogues for piano and large ensemble, commissioned by the London Sinfonietta. Carter continues to show his mastery in smaller forms as well. Along with a large number of brief solo and chamber works, his later years have brought major essays such as the Quintet for piano and winds , String Quartet No.
Piano Sonata: Theodore Pressser Company. Your Shopping Cart Close. Those vocal works are framed by instrumental pieces - the piano Quintet, and a pungent performance of the Quintet for piano and wind from , and miniatures for string quartet and solo piano. Had it been released even a month sooner, it certainly would have made my subjective list of "essential" Carter recordings, as it includes a number of significant works in brilliant performances: two quintets for chamber forces, two large-scale works for solo voice and ensemble, and two miniatures.
The first composition featured here is Fragment II for string quartet, played by the Arditti String Quartet who have also recorded hallmark renditions of everything else that Carter has written for quartet. Unlike Fragment I , a work consisting entirely of harmonics, Fragment II features a full complement of playing techniques arco, pizzicato, etcetera. It is principally comprised of relatively serene music, with sustained notes contrasted by brief solo interjections from each of the players.
In a bit of ingenuous programming, the Quintet for Piano and Strings follows, and the transition from one work to another is nearly imperceptible. In addition to the obvious timbral relationship, this is perhaps also the byproduct of a similar harmonic field; late Carter is typified by a relatively small selection of chords mostly all-interval tetrachords and hexachords.
For this performance, the Arditti Quartet are joined by pianist Ursula Oppens, who attacks the formidable piano part with an appealing combination of virtuosity and crisp rhythmic articulation.
The Arditti match her with lean incisiveness, careful phrasing and a wide gamut of dynamic contrasts. The two vocal works are sequenced together the middle of the disc. Syringa , for soprano, baritone and ensemble, is the only work included here that was written prior to the s, but in no way does it seem out of place. NY new music mainstay Jeffrey Milarsky conducts the Ensemble Sospesso in a well-coordinated and controlled performance.
Shelton is really the "go-to" soprano for this repertoire, with a flexible, attractive instrument and impressive pitch. The Quintet for Piano and Winds is next. This work calls for fiendishly difficult ensemble coordination, and has a monster of a piano part. In fact, each part could be said to be a "monster"; all require tremendous agility and technical assuredness from their respective interpreters.
That said, even within this angular environment there is still a certain jaunty grace, a lightness, that permeates the quintet. Carter demands that his performers make the difficult seem easy, like the tricks performed by circus acrobats, and they never let the audience see them sweat!
If I hadn't had the score in front of me, these particular performers would have hidden many pitfalls from my attention, as well as any sense of strain. The disc ends as it began, with a miniature. Retrouvailles , for solo piano, is performed by Ursula Oppens. Within two minutes and with only two hands, Oppens portrays the myriad gestural characters and sonorous colors woven by Carter into this deliciously enigmatic piece.
It whirls past almost before you can grasp it, seeming to promise more music ongoing beyond its double barline. In like fashion, despite being a generous 79 minutes in duration, Quintets and Voices may leave you wanting more Carter after the disc stops spinning. String Quartet No. Introduction Elliott Carter. Giocoso Elliott Carter.
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