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  • Performer: George Crumb, David Gilbert, Jorge Mester, Louisville Orchestra
  • Audio CD (March 11, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: First Edition
  • ASIN: B00008J2QT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Discophage TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 20, 2007
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This First Edition Music reissue has an important historical significance for the Crumb admirer.

It gathers two Louisville premiere recordings made ten years apart. "Echoes of Time and The River (Echoes II)", a piece dating from 1967, was recorded in 1970 (but, if David Starobin's very useful but not always entirely reliable Crumb discography on the Bridge Records website is to be believed, not released until 1974 when it appeared as Louisville LS-711, paired with Merrill Ellis' Kaleidoscope for Orchestra, Synthesizer and Soprano) and is one of the early Crumb recordings, in a time when there weren't so many. But the previous releases of (among a few others) Jan de Gaetani's recording of "Ancient Voices of Children" on Nonesuch (now on CD as Crumb: Ancient Voices Of Children), of David Burge's recording of Makrokosmos I on the same label (alas not reissued on CD) and of no less than three recordings of Crumb's extraodinary String Quartet for electric strings "Black Angels" (by the New York String Quartet on CRI, the Gaudeamus Quartet on Philips and the Composer's Quartet on Vox, the latter available on American String Quartets, 1950-1970), had already established the composer's stature and originality.

Even without its visual aspect (Crumb has the performers walk on and out of stage in slow, ritualistic processions), "Echoes of Time and The River" is quintessential Crumb, a piece of confounding beauty and sonic invention, full of his unique compositional gestures: mysterious, ritualistic oriental-sounding bells (they are in fact crotales, e.g.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2012
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I have to admit that I am of two minds concerning the music of George Crumb. Although its originality is undeniable, and the music is often effective, I cannot quite shake the feeling that he is employing his techniques in the service of something rather cheap. Echoes of Time and the River (1967) won the Pulitzer Price, and is a sometimes haunting tonescape that really conveys a sense of ancient rituals, but that is also part of the problem - the question I cannot avoid asking myself is whether it is all just cheap, literal-sounding, picturesque tone-painting; as if Crumb is employing novel techniques merely in the service of creating extremely unsubtle film music. Now, he sometimes succeeds in creating something harrowingly profound, as in the string quartet Black Angels (where the effects are nevertheless dangerously literal). But Echoes of Time and the River is not in that league, and I have to admit that once its novelty has faded there does not really seem to be that much to appreciate.

Variazioni is an early work from 1959. It is interesting for showing some aspects of Crumb's compositional development, although there are not really a lot of traces of the composer he was to become, instead showing substantial indebtness to Schoenberg and Berg. But apart from biographical interest there is not particularly much to savor, the work being mostly grey and meandering (and certainly First Edition does the listeners a disservice by failing to individually track the variations).

The performances sound authoritative, although more so in Echoes than in the Variazioni where some of the details are rough and there is a certain lack of unity that I don't think can be blamed on the composer.
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