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Things That Gain

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Disc: 1

  1. Things That Gain
  2. String Quartet No. 1
  3. '__________', for piano
  4. Water Parted
  5. Chorales (5) for 2 pianos: I. Fathers beget, and so must make begetting the stiff and piercing axle of the world.
  6. Chorales (5) for 2 pianos: II. Nature inanimate moves to its proper time.
  7. Chorales (5) for 2 pianos: III. Pallid the Sun & turbid grows the Air:
  8. Chorales (5) for 2 pianos: IV. The rose without a thorn is,
  9. Chorales (5) for 2 pianos: V. Cries from certain haunted cottages
  10. Before the road, for 4 clarinets: Part 1
  11. Before the road, for 4 clarinets: Part 2
  12. Before the road, for 4 clarinets: Part 3
  13. Before the road, for 4 clarinets: Part 4
  14. Before the road, for 4 clarinets: Part 5
  15. Before the road, for 4 clarinets: Part 6
  16. Before the road, for 4 clarinets: Part 7
  17. Before the road, for 4 clarinets: Part 8
  18. Before the road, for 4 clarinets: Part 9
  19. Before the road, for 4 clarinets: Part 10
  20. Before the road, for 4 clarinets: Part 11
  21. Piano Quartet No. 2


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 15, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Black Box Classics
  • ASIN: B00000HYGJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,845,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Gerald Barry is in town in Los Angles for the world premiere of his opera THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Though this is not by any means his first visit to the orchestra (his opera 'The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit' was given its US premiere in 2006 with the same conductor - Thomas Adès - who also conducts the current premiere) it does serve to remind the audience of just what an interesting and unique composer he is. This CD is much different form his operas: his operatic works stress drama and comedy on a grand scale using both orchestra and vocalists in techniques of sound production that is at times quite startling and at other times hilarious, recalling themes form other sources that the composer readily admits are 'lifted' from various sources both musical and literary.

The works on this CD are more contemplative and gentler than what we are used to hearing. The instrumentation varies from piece to piece and the works performed are as follows: 'Things That Gain', 'String Quartet No. 1', 'o', 'Water Parted', '5 Chorales', 'Before the Road', and 'Piano Quartet No. 2.' The performers, all quite able, are friends of Barry and the degree of involvement in these rather subdued works is that of musicians who have performed his works frequently. While this recording may not satisfy those whose ears are prepped for the larger works of Gerald Barry, this selection of small works gives a rather gentle introduction to the thinking and compositional techniques of one of today's fascinating composers. Grady Harp, April 11
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