Title: Ensemble Music 2
Sarah Schwartz (violin), Mary Whitaker (violin), David Bursack (viola), Dan Barrett (cello), Richard Sosinsky (string bass), Janet Axelrod (flute, piccolo), Jackie Leclair (oboe), Anthony Burr (clarinets), Michael Lowenstein (bass clarinet), Bodhan Hilash (contrabass clarinet), Daniel Shelly (bassoon), Matthew Bender (contrabassoon), Monica Ellis (contrabassoon), Susan Cook (soprano saxophone), John Engebretson (alto saxophone), Shawn Tracy (tenor saxophone), Matthew Cashman (baritone saxophone), Wayne Dumaine (trumpet), Terry Szor (trumpet), Tom Hoyt (trumpet), Michael Seltzer (trombone), Chris Washburn (trombone), Gregory Evans (horn), Matthew Scheffelmann (horn), Steve Forman (tuba), Pablo Rieppi (percussion), Robert McEwan (percussion), David Rozenblatt (percussion)
This disc contains the first recording of Xenakis' memorial work A la Memoire de Witold Lutoslawski, to the great Polish composer. A literal monument in sound, comprised of massive blocks of brass arranged as a dirge-like fanfare. Composed in 1994, it is the most recent work of Xenakis to be recorded.
Receiving its first CD recording here, Akrata is "classic" and seminal Xenakis. The work's skittering, repeated notes and extreme changes of dynamic yield a sense of vast, isolated space.
1. Echange (1989) for bass clarinet & ensemble
2. Okho (1989) for 3 djembes & bass-drum
3. Xas (1987) for saxophone quartet
4. Akrata (1965-65) for 8 winds & 8 brass
5. A la memoire de Witold Lutoslawski (1994) for 2 horns & 2 trumpets
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