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BOLCOM: Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Composer(s):Bolcom, William
Artist(s)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Secular
Catalogue 8.559216-18
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 20.97
 

 

   




Review By ,Record Geijutsu,May 2006


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Review By Bill F. Faucett,Naxos,January 2005

Using poems by the English mystic William Blake (1757-1827), Bolcom's 47-song cycle - one of the grandest achievements in the genre by an American composer - encompasses a dizzying array of musical styles. While many are expected, many more are surprising, and unexpectedly effective.

The cycle is akin to a musical journey through life, starting with pastoral songs reflective of childhood and adolescence, then progressing to denser musical explorations of adult themes, including parenting, old age and, of course, death.

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Review By John von Rhein,Chicago Tribune,December 2004

If American composition in the late 20th Century has a single defining work, it is this sprawling masterpiece.Bolcom's 2 1/2-hour song cycle, set to the mystical poems of William Blake, is a multicultural stew -- atonal modernism, Mahlerian romanticism, ragtime, rock, folk, country, Broadway and reggae are tossed in the pot and brought to a merry boil. Everything hangs together miraculously well because Bolcom is a master of his many musical domains



Review By John von Rhein,Chicago Tribune,December 2004

Famed director Robert Altman's 1978 film comedy, "A Wedding," struck many as odd material for an opera when Lyric Opera announced the project several years ago. Critics had pooh-poohed the movie as a scattershot satire on upper middle-class foibles. . . .

A listener's game plan: There is no recording of "A Wedding," as yet. But you can get a good idea of Bolcom's wonderfully eclectic style by listening to his magnum opus, "Songs of Innocence and of Experience," a two-hour song cycle based on the poems of William Blake, which Naxos has recently issued in a superb performance conducted by Leonard Slatkin.








 

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