GUNTHER SCHULLER (b.1925): Grand Concerto for Percussion and Keyboards, ROBERT XAVIER RODRÍGUEZ (b.1946): El día de los muertos, JENNIFER HIGDON (b.1962): Splendid Wood, JOAN TOWER (b.1938): DNA, FELICIA SANDLER (b.1961): Pulling Radishes.
Catalogue Number: 05M066
Description: From the three marimbas required for Higdon's work to the 100 or so needed for Schuller's big, four-movement, 25-minute Grand Concerto (requiring 32 players), this first volume of American music for percussion abounds in fascinating rhythms, ingenious combinations and juxtapositions of (often) unusual instruments. Particularly wide stereo imaging recalls the golden days of early 60 "demonstration stereo". New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble; Frank Epstein, Gunther Schuller.