The Minotaur

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Commissioned by George Balanchine’s Ballet Society, The Minotaur is an exploration of the neo-classical style that marked the last traditional narrative Carter composed. It is joined on this album by settings of two poems by Robert Frost and the Piano Sonata, together illuminating the composer’s oft-overlooked early works; the details of these early pieces are at once complex, immediately graspable, and immensely powerful.

Description

Commissioned by George Balanchine’s Ballet Society, The Minotaur is an exploration of the neo-classical style that marked the last traditional narrative Carter composed. It is joined on this album by settings of two poems by Robert Frost and the Piano Sonata, together illuminating the composer’s oft-overlooked early works; the details of these early pieces are at once complex, immediately graspable, and immensely powerful.

ProductionCredits

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced and engineered by Max Wilcox
Recorded December 6, 1988 at the Manhattan Center, New York City
Tracks 18, 19 produced by Teresa Sterne
Engineering and musical production: Max Wilcox
Recorded December, 1987 at the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York City
Digital Engineering: MacDonald Moore
20, 21 produced and engineered by Max Wilcox
Recorded August, 1982 at RCA Studio A, New York City

Composed by Elliott Carter; texts (18, 19) by Robert Frost

Art direction and design: John William Costa
Photograph by Don Hunstein

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

Nonesuch Selection Number

79248

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1disc
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Elliott Carter
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MUSICIANS
New York Chamber Symphony of the 92nd Street Y (1-17)
Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano (18, 19)
Gilbert Kalish, piano (18, 19)
Paul Jacobs, piano (20, 21)

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CD+MP3
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075597924824BUN
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MP3
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11.00
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603497197569
  • 79248

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  • 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.

  • 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 nonesuch.com as part of the Nonesuch Store Anniversary Sale.

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  • About This Album

    Commissioned by George Balanchine’s Ballet Society, The Minotaur is an exploration of the neo-classical style that marked the last traditional narrative Carter composed. It is joined on this album by settings of two poems by Robert Frost and the Piano Sonata, together illuminating the composer’s oft-overlooked early works; the details of these early pieces are at once complex, immediately graspable, and immensely powerful.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    New York Chamber Symphony of the 92nd Street Y (1-17)
    Gerard Schwarz, conductor
    Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano (18, 19)
    Gilbert Kalish, piano (18, 19)
    Paul Jacobs, piano (20, 21)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced and engineered by Max Wilcox
    Recorded December 6, 1988 at the Manhattan Center, New York City
    Tracks 18, 19 produced by Teresa Sterne
    Engineering and musical production: Max Wilcox
    Recorded December, 1987 at the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York City
    Digital Engineering: MacDonald Moore
    20, 21 produced and engineered by Max Wilcox
    Recorded August, 1982 at RCA Studio A, New York City

    Composed by Elliott Carter; texts (18, 19) by Robert Frost

    Art direction and design: John William Costa
    Photograph by Don Hunstein

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz