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Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello & Harpsichord

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  • Composer Elliott Carter Dies at Age 103

    Nonesuch Records is saddened to learn of the death of American composer Elliott Carter, who passed away yesterday at the age of 103. In a career that spanned over 75 years, Carter composed 158 works and received two Pulitzer Prizes. In 2008, on the occasion of Carter's 100th birthday, Nonesuch released A Nonesuch Retrospective, a four-disc set featuring most of the recordings the label made of Carter’s music between 1968 and 1985, with a note by Paul Griffiths, which is reprinted in its entirety here.

  • Celebrate Elliott Carter's 101st Birthday with Composer's Four-Disc Nonesuch Retrospective

    Composer Elliott Carter turns 101 today. Earlier this year, as part of the composer's centennial celebration, Nonesuch Records released Elliott Carter: A Nonesuch Retrospective, featuring most of Carter's Nonesuch recordings from 1968 to 1985. The four-disc set The Observer called "covetable and historic" is now 33 1/3% off the standard list price at as part of the Nonesuch Store Anniversary Sale.

About this Album

This collection of mid-century works from American composer Elliot Carter presents a study of contrasts, in which seemingly divergent instrumentation, form, and harmony are juxtaposed to create pieces that simultaneously look forward and back. The album captures members of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble performing these now classic works of American 20th-century music. 


Paul Jacobs, harpsichord, piano
Harvey Sollberger, flute (1-3)
Charles Kuskin, oboe (1-3)
Fred Sherry, cello (1-3, 8-14)
Joel Krosnick, cello (4-7)
Gilbert Kalish, piano (8-14)
The Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (8-14)
Arthur Weisberg, conductor
Paul Dunkel, flute, piccolo
Douglas Hill, horn
Allan Dean, trumpet
John Swallow, trombone
Raymond DesRoches, percussion
Claire Heldrich, percussion
Jacob Glick, viola
Jeffrey Levine, contrabass
George Haas, oboe
Allen Blustine, clarinet/piccolo clarinet
Donald MacCourt, bassoon
Joseph Anderer, horn
Howard Van Hyning, percussion
Richard Fitz, percussion
Linda Quan, violin


Sonata for Cello & Piano recorded August 1968 at Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York, under the musical supervision of Elliott Carter
Recording Engineer: Marc J. Aubort
Double Concerto for Harpsichord & Piano recorded September 1973 by Phonag Studios, Lindau/Zurich, Switzerland, in cooperation with Elite Recordings, Inc., New York
Recording Directors: Helmuth Kolbe and Joanna Nickrenz
Engineered by Helmuth Kolbe and Robert Lattman
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig
Coordinator: Teresa Sterne

Design by John William Costa
Cover photograph by Don Hunstein

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