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An outstanding overview of the work of a true genius,
This review is from: Elliott Carter: Mosaic; Dialogues; Enchanged Preludes; Scrivo In Vento (Audio CD)
I remember when the Naxos label started up. Most (including myself) dismissed their budget CDs as a gimmick. The early releases were unadventurous. But as years went on Naxos began to release recordings that were indispensible, even raiding the Marco Polo label.
For me it has been the American Classics label that has proved to be a great achievement and it is this recording of the music of the greatest living composer, which crowns that achievement.
The opening and closing tracks (Mosaic and Dialogues, respectively) are the first time that I have heard them. It shows that Mr Carter still makes demands on the listener and expects the listener to work for their appreciation. Between are some of the greatest pieces of solo works written. What makes these pieces so important is that they represent the limits that a player can impose on their instrument.
The New Music Consort, as a group and as soloists, give some of the best interpretations of Carters music I've heard. They play with a passion and intelligence that the composer demands.
This CD is an outstanding introduction to the music of this 20th (and 21st) century composer. For the lover of Carter's music, it is also a must.