New York: Music by Varese, Carter, Fulmer, Shepherd, Reich, Cage & Feldman | Alpha ALPHA274

New York: Music by Varese, Carter, Fulmer, Shepherd, Reich, Cage & Feldman

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA274

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 24th March 2017



Here is the third release in the collaboration between the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Alpha. This time the musicians of the ensemble and their conductor Matthias Pintscher focus on American music: Intégrales by Edgar Varèse (1924), Music for Wind Instruments by John Cage (1938), Instruments I for six instruments by Morton Feldman (1974), Elliott Carter’s Concerto for clarinet and ensemble (1996), Steve Reich’s WTC 9/11 for string quartet (2009-10), Sean Shepherd’s Blur (2011), and David Fulmer’s Within his bending sickle’s compass come for solo horn and ensemble (2014-15). More than ninety years of creativity and musical profusion at the heart of the global city that the Ensemble Intercontemporain celebrates today.

This double album is released to coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the EIC: forty years of discoveries and of promotion of contemporary music at the highest level of performance.


... what does New York sound like? This double-disc collection charts the city’s past century of modern classical music, taking in composers born there (Elliott Carter, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich) and composers who made it their home (Edgard Varèse, John Cage) plus recent works by David Fulmer and Sean Shepherd.
The Guardian 14 April 2017
The first item on this two-CD evocation of New York's creative spirit Varese's Integrales for 11 winds and 4 percussion is the eternal standout. There's nothing quite like it's iconoclastic, self-determining vigour: a new world in 11 minutes.
The Sunday Times 2 April 2017

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