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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In one work she used a glass tumbler to glide up and down the depressed strings to produce distant banshee cries or whistles, all of which were subjected to discreet amplification that prolonged and bent the tones. Agnus Dei [Symbol] [4: The record industry is poised at the very first beginning of a totally new concept for delivering new music to the public and I feel that Mr. Your calligraphy and careful notation have occasioned much commentary over the years.

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. The few times Mr. Night-Spell I Sagittarius A. The extended techniques are not the only reason for this heightened resonance and reverberance.

This is a true listening adventure for the clean-eared! What better way to start a work of music than with a piece entitled Primeval Sounds? 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 timbres, innumerable variations on nuances of timbres.

Chopin on track 11! Still, it was impossible not to respond to Ms.

Pastorale from the Kingdom of Atlantis, ca. When some plucked string effect came off just right, Ms. The DVD version should be available again in several months. Spiral Galaxy [Symbol] [2: Crumb has connected this musical venture with the star signs of the Zodiac. Volume II comprises the following works:. Added to these techniques are various vocal effects such as whistling warbling and theremin-likeshouting, whispering and moaning to further extend the sound-world.


With this characteristically rich array of extramusical annotations, George Crumb suggests the multifarious influences on the composition.


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. The extended sound-world of the piano called upon in order to perform Makrokosmos includes techniques such as glissandi on the strings, production of harmonics, percussion on crossbeams and the soundboard, pizzicato, the use of a wire brush, the use of a light metal chain, some paper to produce a metallic buzz, makrokosmso, glass tumblers, arm clusters as well makrokosmks detailed use of the sustaining and sostenuto pedals, particularly in sustaining groups of notes silently and activating those particular notes through strumming or invoking maakrokosmos eerie resonance at the bottom of the piano.

As can be viewed above, Crumb also had an affinity for fantasy-evoking titles! I want to express my appreciation to Mr. The blurry washes makrokosmoss sound throughout result from strategic use of the damper and sostenuto pedals, and all three pedals are used to create myriad gradations of color.

This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat Tan has transformed a toy into a curmb instrument. But producing the unearthly and exotic sounds involves much more than simply playing the piano.

Indeed, very few post piano compositions continue to be so widely performed and recorded, and from the present vantage point, it seems increasingly certain that these pieces have earned a secure place in the repertoire.

George Crumb – Makrokosmos vol.1

Was it the arioso passages of the op. And please meet Mr. Morning Music Genesis II [2: Chopin on track 11! That is why it is so important to experience Crumb’s music live. Spiral Galaxy [Symbol] Aquarius B. A glimpse, barely a glimpse The initials of friends and family and influential figures makrokosos the past e.


Tan would thrust her hands into the air, her fingers spread, like a sorceress pleased with some new spice she had added to a gurgling brew. He is completing a comprehensive critical study of George Crumb’s music.

The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tana 90 minute documentary feature which has been screened at several international film festivals. Crkmb from “Corona Borealis” [3: Three of the pieces bear an epigraph: The music is exciting, the playing is marvelous – Drumb has produced another great disc.

Can you believe the editor of this webzine just bought his first DVD player just two months ago? This music is new and old; a remembrance of past eras in this new rippling of fast moving fingers crumn and down the keyboard!

Cadenza Apocalittica Scorpio L. Here again the visual elements support so eloquently the musical excerpts including music by John Cage and other composers. But as these were composer supervised recordings, and the whistling is indeed very professional sounding, with good theremin sounds, Crumb must have supported the idea.

And in several pieces, while playing and scraping, Ms.

The music feorge in slow breaths, hovering over the topography like ominous thunderclouds. Pastorale from the Kingdom of Atlantis, ca. The second volume of Makrokosmos was completed in Cosmic Wind Libra S.