Carter;Concerto for Orchestra
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 12.7 x 14.61 x 1.14 cm; 90.72 g
- メーカー : EMI Classics Imports
- EAN : 0077775927122
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2001
- レーベル : EMI Classics Imports
- ASIN : B00000DNWH
- ディスク枚数 : 1
What a disc! Buy it first and foremost for the Concerto for Orchestra, one of a handful of pieces that makes you realise just what the orchestra can do in the second half of the century. The opening explodes into focus; from then on it is 23 minutes of spectacular orchestral activity--with so much happening at any one time, this is musical relativity taken to its limits. That Carter shapes and directs his white-hot material with such precision and expressive purpose makes for a compulsive experience. Conductor Knussen finds the balance between homing-in on detail and relaying the broader picture: it's more confident and better-played than Leonard Bernstein's pioneering New York account (Sony Classical) and conveys the music's soundworld more completely than Michael Gielen's well-prepared German radio performance (temptingly cheap on Arte Nova). The Violin Concerto, sparser but not simpler and never "easy listening", is music of wisdom and reflection. Take your time, but go ahead and enjoy the Three Occasions, a triptych of tributes that fuses the wit of Copland with the exuberance of Ives. Complex yet compulsive--Carter's music in a nutshell, and all the more wonderful for it! --Richard Whitehouse
First performed in 1970, it reflects the turmoil of the times -- Bayan Northcott in the liner notes describes it as "a large structure as a kind of vortex of interacting forces." The "great winds" quote above refers to the poem "Vents" which was an inspiration for the composition. With his "Concerto for Orchestra," Carter created one of the most powerful and distinctive orchestral works of the late 20th century. "Three Occasions for Orchestra" and the "Violin Concerto" are more recent compositions (1986-9, 1990), and both are superb. Interestingly, "3 Occasions" was composed in the same way as "Symphonia" -- the three movements were composed separately, and then brought together. While neither piece is as stunning as the "Concerto for Orchestra" or the recent "Symphonia," they work perfectly here in creating a diverse and absolutely compelling set of modern music.
The 1992 Michael Gielen/SWR recording of the "Concerto" is also excellent, but not as detailed as Knussen's. Knussen's interpretation is more Boulezian, revealing every detail of the score, while Gielen's is more lush and romantic, with more powerful crescendos, but missing some of the rich complexity. Another advantage to this Virgin disc is that the "Concerto" is separated into six tracks, so each movement can be heard on its own, while the Arte Nova disc places the entire piece on one track.
An interesting element of this recording's genesis is the involvement of Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, a devotee of modern music! Lesh and the Rex Foundation helped subsidize this 1991 recording.