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listen  3. Symphony No. 1: II. Slowly, gravelyKenneth Schermerhorn11:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Piano Concerto: I. -Mark Wait10:58$0.89  Buy MP3 
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  • Performer: Mark Wait
  • Orchestra: Nashville Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Kenneth Schermerhorn
  • Composer: Elliott Carter
  • Audio CD (March 16, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • ASIN: B00019P6PO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Elliott Carter, often called the most eminent living American composer, is still actively composing at the age of 95. Famous for highly demanding scores using extraordinarily sophisticated rhythms, Carter is a prime architect of modernist music in the Uni

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD, part of the Naxos "American Classics" series will serve as a good introduction to the music of Elliott Carter (b. 1908) one of the most prominent and difficult of modern American composers.

As an adolescent, Carter met the great American composer Charles Ives who encouraged the fledgling composer. But Carter evolved as a composer very slowly and did not develop his own unique voice until the early 1950s. He has continued to compose and to develop well into his 90s.

This budget-priced CD with the late Kenneth Schermerhorn (d. April 18,2005) conducting the Nashville Symphony Orchestra allows a rare opportunity for the listener to explore Carter's development by presenting two early works together with Carter's difficult piano concerto, composed in 1964-1965.

The two early works are the short Holiday Overture (1944, revised in 1961) and the Symphony No. 1 (1942, revised 1954). These works are tonal and accessible -- perhaps excessively conservative even for their time. They show the influence of Aaron Copland and of an early Charles Ives without the fireworks.

The Holiday Overture was composed in 1944. It is a fanfare celebrating the liberation of France in WW II. It is uptempo, brassy, and uplifting with strong rhythm and a sense of optimisim. Aaron Copland, who greatly admired Carter's later, difficult scores, remarked tounge-in-cheek late in his life that the Holiday Overture was "another difficult piece by Carter."

The Symphony No. 1 is a quiet, pastoral piece somewhat in the manner of Ives's second symphony. It is in three movements and features nicely balanced writing between the strings and the winds and shifting rhythms that became a later characteristic of Carter's music.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By CD Maniac on December 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Nashville Symphony releases another outstanding disc (two 2005 Grammy nominations--including album of the year)! Amazon should really have put the name of the orchestra in the main heading for this listing, as they are becoming more and more prominent--they are the most recorded orchestra in America in the last 5 years, as well as having the most CD sales of any American orchestra.

Kenneth Schermerhorn delivers solid performances of these rarely recorded works from Carter's early and later periods. The Symphony and Holiday Overture are from his early tonal period, and really deserve to be played more often. (This is only the second recording of the Holiday Overture.)

The fiendishly difficult Piano Concerto is from Carter's later period, with all of his trademark metric modulations and atonality. The real fascination here is listening to soloist Mark Wait (up for a Grammy) mastering the unbelievably difficult solo part (how many piano soloists would be willing to spend the amount of time needed to play this work?).

All the accolades and honors are well deserved.
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Naxos and Kenneth Schermerhon bring here together early and "mature" Carter or Carter become himself, and going from one to the other is jarring. Carter returned to the US in 1935 from his three years of studying in France with Nadia Boulanger, and discovered that American music during the Depression had "taken a new turn, toward a kind of populism which became the dominating tone of the entire musical life". So his Symphony No. 1 was written, in 1942, "in a deliberately restricted idiom - that is, an effort to produce [a work] that meant something to me as music and yet might, I hoped, be understandable to the general music public I was trying to reach..." (from the liner notes of the competing recording on CRI, Symphony 1 / Fire & Earth & Water & Air). In view of Carter's later stylistic evolution, I'm not sure what the Symphony meant to him as music (but certainly he didn't withdraw it from his catalog and destroyed it, as he did with most of his early compositions), but it sounds very much like the symphonies Copland or Harris composed in the same years. Incidentally, the Symphony was titled from the outset "Symphony No. 1"; "Symphony No. 2" never materialized. The closest Carter came was with his "Symphony of Three Orchestras" (1977, Symphony of 3 Orchestras) and "Symphonia: sum fluxae pretium spei" (Elliott Carter: Symphonia: Sum Fluxae Pretium Spei (1993-96) / Clarinet Concerto (1996) (20/21 series) - Oliver Knussen).Read more ›
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande VINE VOICE on January 24, 2006
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If Elliott Carter is not America's greatest living composer, he is its greatest living statesman in classical music. This CD traverses a relatively slight period in the composer's nearly 100 years and uses the included compositions as bookends on the growing midsection of the composer.

Both the "Holiday Overture" and Symphony No. 1 were composed during World War II and later revised. Neither bears the authentic stamp of this composer and, rather, bears the voice of his mentor, Charles Ives, along with other Americans of the era.

The meatier symphony begins allegro marked "Moderately, wistfully" and includes echoes of Schuman, Piston and Copland. It closes its 10 minutes with an endearing clarinet solo. The central section, marked "Slowly, gravely" seems to me more a lento on woodwind and string themes. It closes "Vivaciously" with quite vivacious Coplandesque dotted timpani.

The Piano Concerto, which dates from the mid-1960s, is typical of American and European atonal music written in that era. If you've ever listened to the music from the 1971 film, "Planet of the Apes", or the early Warren Beatty feature film, "Mickey One", you have an idea what to expect.

I liken the piano concerto to the first half-dozen symphonies of the German composer Hans Werne Henze for their dense themes, loud clangs of orchestral dissonance, followed by extremely thin thematic material in the strings. It also reminds me of the underpinnings of Schoenberg's "Pierrot lunaire" which, with Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring", is credited as being the first piece of "modern" music.

The CD is a worthwhile investment for collectors and listeners that want a slice of Carter going from nondescript to descript. I don't find the music exceptional and believe the amassed forces have done good but hardly outstanding work on this CD, which is up to Naxos' typical standard for sound and production values.
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