George Crumb – Complete Piano Music

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Catalogue No: MSVCD 92067
EAN/UPC: 5060054460170
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Release Date: February 2004
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Discs: 2
Sample: "Proteus" from Makrokosmos

The composer said “Music can be defined as a series of proportions in the service of a divine impulse”. A philosophy which is shared by composers from Bach to Camilleri, Machaut to Tavener, and which is certainly the ethos of Divine Art Records!

While acknowledging the radical experiments of the 1960s and 1970s, Crumb’s music became famous for its instantly recognisable style, integrity and sense of mysticism, and an ability not to alienate audiences.

Track Listing

    George Crumb:

  1. I. Makrokosmos, vol. 1 – 1. Primeval sounds: Cancer (5:06)
  2. II. Makrokosmos, vol. 1 – 2. Proteus: Pisces (1:07)
  3. III. Makrokosmos, vol. 1 – 3. Pastoral: Taurus (2:03)
  4. IV. Makrokosmos, vol. 1 – 4. Crucifixus: Capricorn (3:24)
  5. V. Makrokosmos, vol. 1 – 5. The Phantom Gondolier: Scorpio (3:55)
  6. VI. Makrokosmos, vol. 1 – 6. Night Spell: Sagittarius (4:28)
  7. VII. Makrokosmos, vol. 1 – 7. Music of Shadows: Libra (3:09)
  8. VIII. Makrokosmos, vol. 1 – The Magic Circle of infinity: Leo (2:14)
  9. IX. Makrokosmos, vol. 1 – The Abyss of Time: Virgo (3:08)
  10. X. Makrokosmos, vol. 1 – 10. Spring Fire: Aries (1:49)
  11. XI. Makrokosmos, vol. 1 – 11. Dream Images: Gemini (4:44)
  12. XII. Makrokosmos, vol. 1 – 12. Spiral Galaxy: Aquarius (3:03)
  13. I. Makrokosmos, vol. 2 – Morning Music: Cancer (2:43)
  14. II. Makrokosmos, vol. 2 – 2. The Mystic Chord: Sagittarius (2:28)
  15. III. Makrokosmos, vol. 2 – 3. Rain-Death Variations: Pisces (1:31)
  16. IV. Makrokosmos, vol. 2 – 4. Twin Suns: Gemini (3:39)
  17. V. Makrokosmos, vol. 2 – 5. Ghost Nocturne: Virgo (2:43)
  18. VI. Makrokosmos, vol. 2 – 6. Gargoyles: Taurus (1:13)
  19. VII. Makrokosmos, vol. 2 – 7. Tora Tora Tora: Scorpio (1:51)
  20. VIII. Makrokosmos, vol. 2 – 8. A Prophecy of Nostradamus: Aries (3:30)
  21. IX. Makrokosmos, vol. 2 – 9. Cosmic Wind: Libra (2:20)
  22. X. Makrokosmos, vol. 2 – 10. Voices from Corona borealis: Aquarius (4:42)
  23. XI. Makrokosmos, vol. 2 – 11. Litany of Galactic Bells: Leo (2:41)
  24. XII. Makrokosmos, vol. 2 – 12. Agnus Dei: Capricorn (4:49)
  25. I. Five Pieces for Piano – 1. Quasi improvvisando (2:34)
  26. II. Five Pieces for Piano – 2. Ruvido, molto energico (1:13)
  27. III. Five Pieces for Piano – 3. Notturno (2:50)
  28. IV. Five Pieces for Piano – 4. Ruvido,molto energico (1:14)
  29. V. Five Pieces for Piano – 5. Senza misura,liberamente (3:58)
  30. I. Gnomic Variations – Tema (1:11)
  31. II. Gnomic Variations – Variation 1 (0:42)
  32. III. Gnomic Variations – Variation 2 (0:53)
  33. IV. Gnomic Variations – Variation 3 (0:37)
  34. V. Gnomic Variations – Variation 4 (0:43)
  35. VI. Gnomic Variations – Variation 5 (0:54)
  36. VII. Gnomic Variations – Variation 6 (2:07)
  37. VIII. Gnomic Variations – Variation 7 (2:15)
  38. IX. Gnomic Variations – Variation 8 (0:57)
  39. X. Gnomic Variations – Variation 9 (1:51)
  40. XI. Gnomic Variations – Variation 10 (1:13)
  41. XII. Gnomic Variations – Variation 11 (0:38)
  42. XIII. Gnomic Variations – Variation 12 (1:05)
  43. XIV. Gnomic Variations – Variation 13 (2:22)
  44. XV. Gnomic Variations – Variation 14 (1:08)
  45. XVI. Gnomic Variations – Variation 15 (0:44)
  46. XVII. Gnomic Variations – Variation 16 (0:37)
  47. XVIII. Gnomic Variations – Variation 17 (2:02)
  48. XIX. Gnomic Variations – Variation 18 (1:30)
  49. Processional – (11:39)
  50. I. A Little Suite for Christmas – 1. The Visitation (2:42)
  51. II. A Little Suite for Christmas – 2. Berceuse for the Infant Jesu (1:33)
  52. III. A Little Suite for Christmas – 3. The Shepherd’s Noel (1:18)
  53. IV. A Little Suite for Christmas – 4. Adoration of the Magi (1:21)
  54. V. A Little Suite for Christmas – 5. Nativity Dance (1:08)
  55. VI. A Little Suite for Christmas – 6. Canticle of the Holy Night (4:07)
  56. VII. A Little Suite for Christmas – 7. Carol of the Bells (2:17)

Reviews

MusicWeb

This is a remarkable achievement. The recording quality is superb, as is the cover art. Fascinating listening. It is evident at all times that Mead knows exactly where he is going. Another triumph for Metier.

” —Colin Clarke
The Guardian

[Crumb has a] fertile imagination for all the timbres and effects that can be extracted from a piano – with the help of the odd paper clip or glass tumbler, of course. Mead manages them superbly. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

” —Andrew Clements