Burr Van Nostrand - Voyage in a White Building
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Label: New World Records
Cat No: NW80742
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 17th June 2013
WorksFantasy Manual for Urban Survival
Voyage in a White Building 1
ArtistsRobert Stallman (flute)
Jay Humeston (cello)
Herman Weiss (prepared piano)
Paul Severtson (violin)
NEC Chamber Ensemble
This long-awaited recording includes three extraordinary works by one of America’s most original and forward-thinking composers. All of the works included here were composed between 1966–1972.
The music of Burr Van Nostrand (b. 1945), although born from, and deeply rooted in, the anti-war counterculture avantgarde of the 1960s and 70s, remains as strikingly fresh and timeless today as when it was first performed.
Van Nostrand's music is marked by an acute sensitivity to instrumental colour and texture, extreme sonic contrasts, gestural freedom, and a signature ensemble fluidity achieved through the use of very precise and detailed conventional notation combined with extraordinarily beautiful graphic notation, resulting in music that places very high technical demands on the performer and at the same time allows for the flexibility and freedom of improvisation.
Each work on this disc presents a catalogue of extended techniques that would widen the eyes of even the most dedicated Lachenmann enthusiast, but is also infused with a pluralistic view that vividly reflects the time and place of composition - Boston and New Haven at the height of the Vietnam anti-war movement.
This disc includes three works that represent the extremes of his output, from the most graphically notated and improvisational Voyage in a White Building 1, to the most structured and fully notated Fantasy Manual for Urban Survival, with Phaedra Antinomaes located somewhere in the middle of these two extremes.
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