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Drunken Moon


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  • Orchestra: Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
  • Conductor: Kevin Noe
  • Composer: Kieren MacMillan, Thomas Albert
  • Audio CD (July 15, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lime Green Productions
  • ASIN: B000VZC4WG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Drunken Moon" - Brown Penny
2. "Drunken Moon" - Sleeping Beauty
3. "Drunken Moon" - (Second Viennese) Waltz
4. "Drunken Moon" - Pipe Dream
5. "Drunken Moon" - Larger Darknesses
6. "Drunken Moon" - Sarabande
7. "Drunken Moon" - Moon and Sea
8. "Drunken Moon" - If You Forget Me
9. "Drunken Moon" - Tango
10. "Drunken Moon" - Sadness
11. "Night Music" - Nocturne I
12. "Night Music" - Stolen Night
13. "Night Music" - Nightingale
14. "Night Music" - Nocturne II
15. "Night Music" - Incubus
16. "Night Music" - Aurora
17. "Night Music" - Nocturne III

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

In its first commercial release in a decade, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble releases two commissions from its 30th Anniversary Season.
Kieren MacMillan's "Drunken Moon" (a companion piece to Arnold Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire) is the story of two characters: a woman seeking love, and the man she meets (or perhaps invents) in her quest for fulfillment.
Thomas Albert's "Night Music" is a haunting series of nocturnal scenes, ranging from the extremes of the arctic night to a nightmare of the mythical demon Incubus.

Review

It's taken 31 years, but the wait is worth it. Last week, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble unveiled its first album. Ever. PNME has been included on a half-dozen discs, but has never had one entirely to itself, which is amazing considering its many important commissions over the years, including those under founder David Stock (who, as an oversight, is not referenced at all in the disc's notes). This final breakthrough comes partially courtesy of the Argosy Foundation. The present manifestation of PNME under artistic director Kevin Noe has quite a mojo going that certainly comes across on the disc, even without its trademark theatrical and visual elements. The disc contains two pieces, Kieren MacMillan's "Drunken Moon" and Thomas Albert's "Night Music," two excellent recent PNME commissions. Both are imaginative, accessible and wonderfully diverse works subject here to sensitive playing. "Drunken Moon" is MacMillan's "prequel" to Schoenberg's landmark "Pierrot Lunaire." Balanced better here than in the live performance of July 2006, soprano Sharla Nafziger and baritone Timothy Jones vocally entwine above lush strains from the instrumentalists in this tale of a women yearning for love. Sonically nothing like Schoenberg, the settings of poems by Yeats, Dickinson, Neruda and more are similarly mysterious and melancholy to "Pierrot." Albert's "Night Music" reflects on the musical tradition of quiet night music (hinting at Mozart), but can't help but step out of the shadows. Three delicate nocturnes structure the work. But the intervening movements let the other aspects of night emerge, from nightmares to dreams to sounds of nature. Albert's flowing writing connects it all in a splendor of sound and signifying that finds capable advocacy in PNME's talented performers. A strong debut to say the least. Four stars. --Andy Druckenbrod, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 8/2/2007

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MacMillan's Drunken Moon and Albert's Night Music together create an hour of haunting and beguiling music. The opening song "Brown Penny," with its folk-like tenderness, invites you in, and you'll willingly open your heart to this enchanted work. MacMillan's music shimmers and flows and awakens deep feelings. "Larger Darkness" is especially profound, and the transition from the sarabande to "Moon and Sea" stuns.

Night Music continues the mood and the shimmering beauty created in Drunken Moon, but the contradiction of emotions is taken even further. The nocturnes sigh and soar; "Nightingale" is a delightful tribute to the Vaudevillian Nightingale; "Incubus" pounds and throbs; "Aurora" pushes and pulls. Night Music is a masterful work.

Both composers have easily assimilated many musical genres into a whole that doesn't seem like pastiche, but a new world of their own making. It is clear that PNME has a unique and passionate voice in the world of New Classical Music. I highly recommend this recording. --Courtney Crouse
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By Jeanne Goodman on November 16, 2007
As non-musicians, our taste in music has been broadened and immensely enriched through the masterfully creative endeavors of PNME. This first recording gives the listener a taste of the massive talent and freedom of professional expression that transports us to exciting new realms of contemporary musical theatre. The recording is a genuine delight, which can open new doors for both the listener and for the artists at PNME. This shining star races brilliantly across the sky. It must be noticed and given full respect for opening a unique dimension in contemporary performance. We only ask for more recordings in PNME's journey. Jeanne and Doug Goodman
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Simply put, this disk is beautiful music beautifully performed. Kieren MacMillan's "Drunken Moon" sets a fascinating variety of poems with deep sensitivity and poignancy. Tom Albert's "Night Music" is at times shimmering, unsettling, calm, and humorous; it is always exquisitely crafted and colorful.

This disk will please both the new music novice and the serious technician. A compelling union of beauty and craft. Strongly recommended!!
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What a wonderful collection of music. Different than anything I've heard before, but perfectly consistent with PNME's mission to introduce new pieces to the world. I couldn't take the CD out of my stereo, it's addicting, always making me wonder what's coming next. Each musician performing on this album contributes to the overall harmony it creates. An essential addition to any music library.
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By Christopher Carmean on November 11, 2007
PNME's recording of Kieran McMillan's "Drunken Moon" and Thomas Albert's "Night Music" is fantastic music that is fantastically performed. It is tantamount to a musical ride, a journey through a wonderful world of sounds, colors, textures, and characters. The music, as well as the quality of the recording, are enveloping to the listener, intimate but expansive at the very same time.
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