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D Crumb: September Elegy

Magazine article Gramophone

D Crumb: September Elegy

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D Crumb

September Elegy (a). Soundings (b). Red Desert Triptych (c). Primordial Fantasy (d)

"Jerome Simas cl (b) Steve Vacchi bn (a) Fritz Gearhart vn (ab) Corey Hamm, (cd) Marcantonio Barone pf (d) ensemble / Robert Ponto

Bridge (F) BRIDGE9450 (65' * DDD)

This all-David Crumb CD from Bridge introduces a composer who writes music to which performers cannot help but give full measure, as violinist Fritz Gearhart and pianist Corey Hamm do in September Elegy, whose final, haunting shriek high on the violin cannot easily be forgotten. The 53-year-old composition professor at the University of Oregon wrote the piece after 9/11 and, for its gentle, timeless mingling of love and pain, it needs to be heard.

Marcantonio Barone presides with similar intensity over Red Desert Triptych, the massive 3 5-minute tide-track, which Crumb calls 'a veritable symphony for solo piano', including moments of granite that would have satisfied Beethoven. The work is inspired by the monumental grandeur of southern Utah's national parks, and Crumb lays out programmatic references--and one to a Bach F minor fugue--in his booklet-notes. …

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