This CD was recorded over a period of many years, as new masterpieces for guitar duo joined the Anderson/Fader repertoire. There is a great range of musical attitudes.
Le Cirque - Sydney Corbet
Warmth - David Lang
Entertwined - Robert Pollock
Bowery Haunt - Scott Johnson
Fantasy on 12 Strings - Martin Rokeach
Resisting Stillness - Chester Biscardi
Dodecadactyl - Charles Wuorinen
My Morphine - William Anderson/Gillian Welch
Cygnus commissioned Meltzer's Brion through a generous grant from teh Barlow Foundation. It was a Pulitzer Finalist in 2011. It was also a featured work at a Cygnus residency at the Library of Congress in 2012.
Frank Brickle is quiet guru in the nascent field of post-maximalism. He was received all of his degrees from Princetonian, studying with JK Randall, Ben Boretz and Milton Babbitt. Starting from that high modernist background, he slowly plowed his way to the post-maximalist stance we see here.
Farai un vers, Merlin I, Ab nou cor, and The Creation are the masterpieces here.
In addition to his striking original compositions, this disc includes two transcriptions for Cygnus, each is advances one of the themes that weave through Cygnus programming over the years: Decadence and the Pre-Raphaelitism.
William Anderson's A Giddy Thing
MIlton Babbitt's Swan Song #1
Akemi Naito's Four Poetic Images
David Claman's gone for foreign
Rolv Yttrehus's Plectrum Spectrum
This performance by Cygnus of Milton's Swan Song No. 1 appeared first on the Cygnus/Bridge disc entitled Gone for Foreign.
For this compilation of music by Milton Babbitt, the Swan Song track was remastered and remixed, with a warmer sound, and is overall the better of the two.
Also on this disc is a re-release of the Anderson/Fader Duo's performance of Soli e Duettini, recorded at MasterSound Astoria Studios in 1994 or 5, with the composer in the booth with producer David Starobin.