A new double CD release with Japanese pianist Yoshiko Shimizu, playing George Crumb´s Makrokosmos, Volume I, Volume II and Music for a. George Crumb’s Makrokosmos pieces for amplified piano were created during an especially fertile period of his compositional career. Crumb had received the. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Makrokosmos I -IV on Discogs.
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Retrieved from ” https: George Crumb wrote Makrokosmos in and On the surface many of these pieces can seem merely like timeless, geroge essays in sound. The DVD version should be available again in several months. The fingertips also serve to dampen vibrating strings, sometimes at the same time that the pianist strikes the notes on the keyboard, resulting in muted drum-like sounds. The blurry washes of mkarokosmos throughout result from strategic use of the damper and sostenuto pedals, and all three pedals are used to create myriad gradations of color.
The contents are as follows:. This is a true listening adventure for the clean-eared! But as these were composer supervised recordings, and the whistling is indeed very professional georgd, with good theremin sounds, Crumb must have supported the idea. The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tana 90 minute documentary feature which has been screened at several international film festivals.
George Crumb – Makrokosmos vol.1
The last piece of each part is notated in such a way that the score forms an image: Crumb has designed the last of the four parts of the three divisions of the two sections as a symbol, thus in Volume 1 presenting piece number 4 as a cross, number 8 as circle and number 12 as a spiral. While the DVD vividly captures the sonic nuances of the concert hall, our eyes get a special play-by-play perspective.
However, these objects do not, as with Cage, stay put during performance, but are inserted and removed by the performer during playing. Tan’s talent in his Sorceress of the New Piano: At one stage in the genesis of MakrokosmosCrumb had planned three volumes, each with nine pieces plus an Epilogue.
GEORGE CRUMB: Makrokosmos I-III
This reveals a peculiar, childish, humoristic whim, not unlike the counting and whistling in some Stockhausen pieces, or the bird whistles in some Cage works. Tan also had to sing and shout. Rain-Death Variations Pisces F. Award-winning filmmaker Evans Chan has captured the many facets of Ms.
The second volume of Makrokosmos was completed in Can you believe the editor of this webzine just bought his first DVD player just two months ago? Pastorale from the Kingdom of Atlantis, ca.
As the booklet text by Steven Bruns which to a high degree constitutes the source for these comments states, one of the more important aspects of Makrokosmos is the exploration of makrkosmos, innumerable variations on nuances of timbres.
Just as pianists come to appreciate the intricate architecture of Makrokosmos in the process of rehearsal and performance, the design of each piece and of the whole crystallizes for listeners after repeated hearings. Its contents is as follows:. However, these objects do not, as with Cagestay put during performance, but are inserted and removed by the performer during playing.
Dream Images Love-Death Music [4: When some plucked string effect came off just right, Ms. Crumb has exemplified the characters of the Zodiac with the initials of specified persons born under those signs, like Lorca and Brahms, to mention a couple.
As is well known, many of his works call for theatrical actions from the players. As can be viewed above, Crumb also had an affinity for fantasy-evoking titles! He employed unusual visual angles and imaginative special film effects to create an incredibly potent blending of the sonic and the visual.
What better way georgd start a work of music than with a piece entitled Primeval Sounds? And Mode Records have re-issued a recording of both books of Makrokosmos, performed by Margaret Leng Tan, originally released in for his 75th birthday.
The Phantom Gondolier [2: Yes, a long neck, a proud look, a fantastic hairdo! Ah, life is much crrumb in DVD Land. The Phantom Gondolier of part 2 of Volume 1 amounts to an intensive display of alternative ringing and rustling piano practices and the added pleasure? Margaret Leng Tan performs the two twelve-movement cycles each of which is subdivided into jakrokosmos groups of four pieces, each piece dedicated to someone born under the corresponding sign of the Zodiac with exemplary precision.
It largely follows the organizational scheme of the first volume, bears the same subtitle i. Still, it was impossible not to respond to Ms. And please meet Mr.
Crumb has designed the last of the four parts of the three divisions of the two sections as a symbol, thus in Volume 1 presenting piece number 4 as a cross, number 8 as circle and number 12 as a spiral.
Virtually every imaginable pianistic tone color is exploited in the work. Here again the visual elements support so eloquently gworge musical excerpts including music by John Cage and other composers.