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EARLE BROWN : Selected Works 1952-1965

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  • Format: CD [80650-2]
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1kg
  • Label: New World

"This long-awaited reissue of the CRI recording of Earle Brown's (1926-2002) music is the best overview of his seminal early works. "It is obviously a great pleasure for me that CRI is re-releasing its 1974 recording of my work, and an even greater pleasure that I am able to add to the repertoire. The performance of 'Times Five' and 'Novara' (recorded in Holland) still seem very fine representations of the works and are performed brilliantly by the Dutch musicians. December 1952 as realized by the late, brilliant pianist and composer David Tudor is, in my opinion, the best of many performances he made of this graphic score. It is fascinating to hear the realizations by Michael Daugherty of November 1952, December 1952 and 'Four Systems' (all published in 'Folio' (1952-54) -- immensely inventive and marvelously performed on piano, tape and computer, with the newer technology that was not available to Tudor at the time he recorded his version in December 1952. This recording of 'Nine Rare Bits' is one of six versions that Antoinette Vischer (who commissioned the work) and George Gruntz surprised me with when I returned to Basel after my lectures in Stockholm in 1965. Although I very specifically compose the sound events, it is an 'open-form' score, subject to innumerable formal shapes, arranged by the performers themselves. 'Music for Violin, Cello and Piano' is a very early (1952) twelve-tone serial piece in very strictly metric notation. It uses Schillinger-suggested 'serial' techniques, very similar to Messiaen, as it turned out. In contrast, 'Music for Cello and Piano' is a completely subjectively composed work, in what I called 'time notation' (contrary to metric) which is now referred to as 'Proportional Notation'.""

1 Times Five 14:59
Cello – Harro Ruijsenaars
Conductor – Earle Brown
Flute – Govert Jurriaanse
Harp – Teresia Tieu
Recorded By – Emile Elsen
Tape [Four Channels Of Tape Sound] – Unknown Artist
Trombone – Arthur Moore
Violin – Jarino Walta
2 Octet I 3:22
3 December 1952 6:08
Piano – David Tudor
Recorded By – David Hancock
4 Novara 13:01
Bass Clarinet – Harry Sparnaay
Cello – Harro Ruijsenaars
Conductor – Earle Brown
Flute – Govert Jurriaanse
Piano, Conductor [Leader] – Ton Hartsuiker
Recorded By – Emile Elsen
Trumpet – John Floore
Viola – Gerrit Oldeman
Violin – Jaring Walta, Roelof van Driesten
5 Music For Violin, Cello And Piano 3:02
Cello – David Soyer
Piano – David Tudor
Violin – Matthew Raimondi
- From Folio
6 November 1952 1:24
Piano, Computer, Electronics – Michael Daugherty
7 December 1952 3:26
Piano, Computer, Electronics – Michael Daugherty
8 Four Systems 3:28
Piano, Computer, Electronics – Michael Daugherty
9 Music For Cello And Piano 9:31
Cello – Dorothea von Albrecht
Piano – Christine Olbrich
Recorded By – Teije van Geest
10 Nine Rare Bits 6:04
Harpsichord – Antoinette Vischer, George Gruntz

Composed By, Liner Notes [Composer's Notes, January 29, 2000] – Earle Brown
Design [Cover Design] – Bob Defrin Design
Liner Notes [Earle Brown: A Sketch, November 1999] – David Ryan
Mastered By [Digitally] – Dawn Frank (tracks: 1 to 4)
Remastered By [CD Reissue Remastering] – Paul Zinman

From CRI SD 300 [sic]:
Times Five (1963) and Novara (1962): Recorded in Amsterdam, Holland, in 1974
Octet I, For Eight Loudspeakers (1953): "Project for Music for Magnetic Tape"
December 1952 (1952)
Digitally mastered at Sony Music Studios, NYC
These recordings were made possible by a grant from the National Institute / American Academy Of Arts And Letters, which Earle Brown received in 1972.

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