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Elliott Carter: The Complete Music for Piano

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Opening with a fleshy, resonant version of "90+," which was nominated for a 1998 Grammy award, this Carter collection is special not only for Charles Rosen's execution but also for the CD-closing conversation between performer and composer. Rosen opens the chat with a demonstration of how harmonic dissonance at once backlights and highlights Carter's famed rhythmic explorations. And Carter tells him, "This is the way we experience many things, the idea that one thing comments on another constantly." That's how Carter's music is, also constantly: frontal harmonic shocks, whether ringing tremulously or jumping in bursts of flash--as in Rosen's read of the Piano Sonata--are in dialogue with silence, rhythmic twists, and plainly beautiful constructions that sound in-process. The addition of "90+" and Bridge's customary rounded, warm sonic spaciousness make this collection superior to Rosen's Etcetera Carter collection. And for a more restrained, abstract look at "90+," try Ursula Oppens's version. --Andrew Bartlett
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  • Performer: Charles Rosen
  • Composer: Elliott Carter
  • Audio CD (November 18, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bridge
  • ASIN: B000003GK2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By scarecrow VINE VOICE on April 21, 2000
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Almost every CD of new works should feature a conversation with the composer. There never was a time when this wasn't necessary. Rosen is a great question-asker, and Carter creates a context for us out here with reflections from the history of music. And such gems as Carter's interest in jazz is discussed, the freedom from the tyranny of the barline,improvisation and his interests in early Renaissance music where again the pulse of a regularly recurring downbeat was blurred.I don't see any jazz in Carter,but then he does say that music today is not modern enough,I thought was a good perspective. But all this piano music can be encountered with these simple ideas in mind. The Piano Sonata was Carter's first success, and this piece reflects the times,perhaps like a dialogue amongst composers, something that is still part of this scene today.The lyrical with tonality leftovers is here you may hear Aaron Copland(however only in its surface features.No Carter was finding his own voice and this is a sprawling romantic gesturing piece with flights of virtuosity. The Six-Eighth feel is utilized to escape the severe roaring lower register octave moments,which begins the piece,much like the Brahms F minor Sonata, in fact the first movement is like a dialogue between the sustained piano sound and the arpeggiated chord.Carter was not afraid of overtaxing the extreme higher registers as well,where the moments almost turn etude-like. The second movement with its open lyrical sonorities may remind you of the Copland Sonata especially the way it resolves itself with the presto metric changes in break neck finale.Read more ›
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Having loved the Carter Piano Sonata since first hearing it years ago, and on learning that the really fine pianist (and equally accomplished music scholar) Charles Rosen had made a

recent recording of it, I picked it up right away. And I was

not disappointed. This is an excellent performance of a modern classic.
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This is not dry academic music but exciting music, performed by Charles Rosen with energy and surprises. It is great to hear Mr Carter's interview on the last track, talking about music.
Here is the Man!
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When Beethoven composed his "Tempest" and "Appassionata" sonatas for piano, some of his contemporaries were shocked by the extremes in tempo and dynamics. Nowadays, our ears and sensibilities have grown accustomed to Beethoven's sudden changes of tempo and mood. This is precisely how listeners in the end of the XXIst Century will probably feel about Carter's piano music. We are fortunate to have the learned and committed reading of Charles Rosen to the extraordinary piano works by Elliot Carter. The center piece of this record is Carter's Piano Sonata. Written in 1946, it is the basis for a lot of what became Carter's trademark: rapid mood changes and elaborate metric modulations. What is most impressive is that Carter achieved this effect in a piano sonata. Carter himself has said: "It was a piece that was the beginning of a new trend in my music which was I should say, the gradual elimination of a definite scheme of tonality. In the piano sonata it wavers between two keys a semi-tone apart, and you never can tell which key it's going to end up in, or where it goes." The overall effect is striking. One one hand, it appears that all the expressive possibilities of the piano are explored at once. But listening to the sonata with an open mind produces a different impression. You fell transported in the same magic world as Beethoven and Liszt. At the same time, you feel that it is possible to compose enchanting music in an entirely new way.
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Night Fantasies is Superb.
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