Elliot Carter's Last Orchestral Work

ELLIOTT CARTER (1908-2012): Instances, CHARLES IVES (1874-1954): Symphony No. 2, GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937): An American in Paris.

Catalogue Number: 05P068

Label: Seattle Symphony Media

Reference: SSM1003

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: World Premiere Recording of Carter's last orchestral work, written for this conductor. From the Seattle Times' Feb. 8, 2013 review of this concert: "...very much in Carter's late-period style: abrupt contrasts, isolated notes that arise like blurted commentary from various instruments, atmospheric percussion effects. Scored for chamber orchestra, Instances nonetheless spans a wide array of orchestral colors, from the highest instrument in the orchestra (piccolo) to the deepest (contrabassoon). The musical language is a little less spiky and acerbic than some of Carter's earlier works; there are flowing, fluttering wind choirs, and some conversational interplay between the piano and brass. The piece ends with a quieter, wistful string passage that sounded, rather appropriately, like a farewell.  Seattle Symphony; Ludovic Morlot.

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