Now available: “Celebrating Carter’s Century,” music by Elliott Carter from the 2008 Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood

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Elliott Carter

Elliott Carter

An especially exciting bit of news was tucked away in the middle of the 2010-11 season press release: the BSO’s own recording label has released as a download Celebrating Carter’s Century, music by Elliott Carter from the 2008 Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood. At 42 minutes, five seconds this is only a minuscule sample of that wealth of brilliant music, played by mature and forming musicians with loving commitment. In any case the price ($5.99 for MP3 and $6.99 for AIFF or WMA) is extremely modest.

We can only hope that it will be successful and that the BSO will see fit to make the entire event available. If you agree, by all means let them know it. [Contact the BSO]

Here is the program of this first download:

1.    CARTER Mad Regales 05:37

Tanglewood Music Center Fellows
John Oliver, conductor
Ashley Logan, soprano
Abby Fisher, mezzo-soprano
Katherine  Growdon, mezzo-soprano
Zachary Wilder, tenor
Matthew Worth, baritone
Alan Dunbar, bass-baritone
John Ashbery, poems

2.    CARTER Reflexions 10:56

Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center and TMC alumni
Ryan Wigglesworth, conductor
Sandy Hughes, flute/piccolo
Jessica Lizak, flute/piccolo
Nicholas Stovall, oboe
Annie Henneke, English horn
Giancarlo Garcia, clarinet/E-flat clarinet
Virgil Blackwell, bass clarinet/contrabass-clarinet
Andrew  Cuneo, bassoon/contrabassoon
Ellen  Connors, bassoon/contrabassoon
James Robertson, horn
Matthew  Oliphant, horn
John  Russell, trumpet
Michael  Martin, trumpet
Jeremy  Buckler, trombone
Karna Millen, trombone
Sam  Solomon, percussion
Matt  Prendergast, percussion
Nick  Tolle, percussion
Sadie Turner, harp
Tatiana  Vassilieva, piano
Jeanine  Markley, violin
Jessica  Blackwell, violin
Alissa Cheung, violin
Amelia  Clingman, viola
Tiantian Lan, viola
Marie-Michel  Beauparlant, cello
Matthew  Beckman, cello
Dylan Palmer, double-bass

3.    CARTER Sound Fields 05:57

Tanglewood Music Center Fellows
Stefan Asbury, conductor

4.    CARTER Syringa 18:31

Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center and guest artists
Stefan Asbury, conductor
Mimi  Tachouet, alto flute
Henry  Ward, english horn
Ryan Yure, clarinet/bass clarinet
David Becker, trombone
Joseph  Becker, percussion
Nolan Pearson, piano
Ruby Chen, violin
Melissa Reardon, viola
Hugh LeSure, cello
Kevin Jablonski, double bass
Oren Fader, guitar
Kirsten Hoff, mezzo-soprano
Evan Hughes, bass-baritone
John Ashbery  aggregate of ancient Greek authors, texts

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Michael Miller, Editor and Publisher of New York Arts, an International Journal for the Arts and The Berkshire Review, was trained as a classicist and art historian at Harvard and Oxford, worked in the art world for many years as a curator and dealer, and contributed reviews and articles to Bostonia, Master Drawings, Drawing, Threshold, and North American Opera Journal, as well as numerous articles for scholarly and popular periodicals. He has taught courses in classics, the English language, and art history at Oberlin, Rutgers, New York University, the New School, and Williams. Currently, when he is not at work on New York Arts, he writes fiction, pursues photography, and publishes scholarly work. In 2011 he contributed an introductory essay to Leonard Freed: The Italians / exh. cat. Io Amo L’Italia, exhibition at Le Stelline, Milan, and wrote the revised the section on American opera houses in The Grove Dictionary of American Music. He is currently at work on a libretto for a new opera by Lewis Spratlan, Midi, an adaptation of Euripides’ Medea set in the French West Indies, ca. 1930.

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