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CRUMB: Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death / Quest


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CRUMB: Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death / Quest

George Crumb’s reputation as a composer of hauntingly beautiful scores has made him one of the most frequently performed composers today. Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death, scored for baritone, electric instruments and percussion, is based on the poetry of Federico García Lorca, with its fantastically rich expression and evocative power. It provides an admirable vehicle for musical re-creation: ‘...a language to complement this very beautiful poetry’ in the composer’s words. It is coupled on this disc with Quest, a sextet led by an acoustic guitar and featuring a host of unusual percussion instruments, including the Appalachian hammered dulcimer, the African talking drum, and the Mexican rain stick.

Crumb, George
García Lorca, Federico, lyricist(s)

  Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death: Death-Drone II
1.   Refrain 1 00:01:25
2.   I. La Guitarra (The Guitar) / Death - Drone I 00:04:19
3.   Refrain 2 00:00:52
4.   II. Casida de las Palomas ocuras (Casida of the Dark Doves) 00:04:14
5.   Refrain 3 00:01:06
6.   Death - Drone II 00:01:48
7.   III. Cancion de Jinette, 1860 (Song of the Rider, 1860) 00:01:56
8.   Cadenza appassionata for 2 drummers 00:01:31
9.   Refrain 4 00:01:03
10.   IV. Casida del Herido por el agua (Casida of the Boy Wounded by the Water) 00:02:09
11.   Death - Drone III 00:08:43

Crumb, George

12.   Refrain 1 00:00:56
13.   I. Dark Paths 00:05:06
14.   II. Fugitive Sounds 00:02:11
15.   Refrain 2 00:00:40
16.   III. Forgotten Dirges 00:04:22
17.   IV. Fugitive Sounds 00:01:05
18.   Refrain 3 00:01:03
19.   V. Nocturnal 00:10:10

Total Playing Time: 00:54:39

Crumb, George

García Lorca, Federico

Kent, Fuat

Ensemble New Art

Isherwood, Nicholas

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Chamber Music; Vocal

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.559290

Barcode: 636943929025

Physical Release: 06/2006

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