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CRUMB: Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death / Quest

Composer(s)Crumb, George
Artist(s) Isherwood, Nicholas, bass-baritone • Kent, Fuat, Conductor • Ensemble New Art, Ensemble
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicVocal
Catalogue 8.559290
Label / Series Naxos / American Classics
Quality   320kbps
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George Crumb’s reputation as a composer of hauntingly beautiful scores has made him one of the most frequently performed composers today. Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death, scored for baritone, electric instruments and percussion, is based on the poetry of Federico García Lorca, with its fantastically rich expression and evocative power. It provides an admirable vehicle for musical re-creation: ‘...a language to complement this very beautiful poetry’ in the composer’s words. It is coupled on this disc with Quest, a sextet led by an acoustic guitar and featuring a host of unusual percussion instruments, including the Appalachian hammered dulcimer, the African talking drum, and the Mexican rain stick.

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CRUMB: Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death / Quest 54:39   
  Songs, Drones and Refrains of Death: Death-Drone II          
      Refrain 1 1:25       
      I. La Guitarra (The Guitar) / Death-Drone I 4:19       
      Refrain 2 0:52       
      II. Casida de las Palomas ocuras (Casida of the Dark Doves) 4:14       
      Refrain 3 1:06       
      Death-Drone II 1:48       
      III. Cancion de Jinette, 1860 (Song of the Rider, 1860) 1:56       
      Cadenza appassionata for 2 drummers 1:31       
      Refrain 4 1:03       
      IV. Casida del Herido por el agua (Casida of the Boy Wounded by the Water) 2:09       
      Death-Drone III 8:43       
      Refrain 1 0:56       
      I. Dark Paths 5:06       
      II. Fugitive Sounds 2:11       
      Refrain 2 0:40       
      III. Forgotten Dirges 4:22       
      IV. Fugitive Sounds 1:05       
      Refrain 3 1:03       
      V. Nocturnal 10:10       
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