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CARTER: Piano Concerto / Symphony No. 1 / Holiday Overture

Composer(s):Carter, Elliott
Artist(s) Schermerhorn, Kenneth, Conductor • Nashville Symphony OrchestraWait, Mark, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559151
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Elliott Carter, often called the most eminent living American composer, is still actively composing at the age of 95. Famous for highly demanding scores using extraordinarily sophisticated rhythms, Carter is a prime architect of modernist music in the United States. The three orchestral works presented here include two works from Carter’s little-known earlier ‘populist’ style of the 1940s, the Holiday Overture and Symphony No. 1, with his spiky Piano Concerto from 1965. This is an unprecedented combination of repertoire, revealing that Carter composed highly individual, complex works, as well as more approachable pieces.


   




Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Both the Holiday Overture (1945) and the Symphony No. 1 (1942) are fresh and open in Carter’s earlier manner. The Holiday Overture is a lively piece and well worth having on disc. The Symphony is rewarding, close in idiom to Copland and Piston. Its material is interesting and the feeling for form strong. The disc is worth having for this alone particularly in this strong, understanding and well-recorded performance, culminating in a sparkling account of the finale…The pianist, Mark Wait, copes well with the daunting technical problems of the piano writing, well supported by the Nashville Orchestra, renowned for its adventurous recordings of modern music. First-rate sound…



Review By Greg Barns,The Mercury (Tasmania, Australia),April 2004

"Elliott Carter, at 96 this year, is the grand old man of American culture. And this CD is an excellent introduction to varying musical styles of this long and energetic life. Carter's Holiday Overture and Symphony No 1 are in the mode of Charles Ives, another great US composer of the first half of the 20th century, but his Piano Concerto, written in 1964, and dedicated to Stravinsky, is a work of determinedly modern colouration. Get Carter!"



Review By Greg Barns,The Mercury (Tasmania, Australia),April 2004

"Elliott Carter, at 96 this year, is the grand old man of American culture. And this CD is an excellent introduction to varying musical styles of this long and energetic life. Carter's Holiday Overture and Symphony No 1 are in the mode of Charles Ives, another great US composer of the first half of the 20th century, but his Piano Concerto, written in 1964, and dedicated to Stravinsky, is a work of determinedly modern colouration. Get Carter!"








 

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