Robert Erickson - Pacific Sirens (2003)
Robert Erickson - Pacific Sirens (2003)
Contemporary Classical, Electronic | New World | 2003 | 57:38 | EAC (FLAC, cue, log) | Booklet | Various File Hosts | 270 MB
Keith Humble, piano; Laura Martin, violin; University of Illinois Contemporary Chamber Players; Cleveland Chamber Symphony; tape (Pacific Sirens); Edwin London, conductor
Robert Erickson (1917-1997) is one of the most interesting and neglected American composers of the latter half of the twentieth century. This recording features compositions from 1963 to 1977 that embody the characteristics for which his work became most recognized: a heightened interest in the atmosphere of a piece, an obsession with timbre, ways of varying the sound of a work with experiments in new technique, and explorations into the new worlds uncovered through the invention of tape recording.
The four works in this collection range in date of birth from the 1963 Piano Concerto, when Erickson was a potent force in the musical affairs of the San Francisco Bay Area, to the 1977 Garden nourished by the creative atmosphere at UC-San Diego that he had worked hard to create. At the far end (Piano Concerto) there are the exuberant challenges flung forth to the solo pianist and the seven participating instrumentalists, the interplay between the written-down notes and the improv, the encouragement offered to all eight performers to go as far as they can and then keep on going. At the near end (Garden) there is the elegant, quiet, reflective joy, the infinitely sweet solo melody that seems to sing of gardens spread over the California hillsides and over the hillsides of, perhaps, some distant and exotic land as well. In between there are the revelings in the pure magic of sound: the siren beckonings of Pacific waves (Pacific Sirens), the robust play of colors around a gathering of wind players in some onshore safe haven (White Lady).
I share this recording along with Dark Waters by Ingram Marshall, since a couple of compositions here (White Lady and Pacific Sirens) seem to inhabit a sound world somewhat similar to Ingram Marshall's.
1. White Lady, for wind ensemble (1975) 8:03
2. Garden, for violin & orchestra (1977) 18:21
3. Piano Concerto, for piano & 7 instruments (1963) 17:15
4. Pacific Sirens, for ensemble & tape (1969) 13:57
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Ingram Marshall - Three Penitential Visions (1990)
Ingram Marshall - Fog Tropes; Gradual Requiem; Gambuh I (1994)
Ingram Marshall - Dark Waters (2001)
Robert Erickson - Auroras (2008)
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