Elliott Carter: Symphonia: Sum Fluxae Pretium Spei (1993-96) / Clarinet Concerto (1996) (20/21 series) - Oliver Knussen
Classical album by BBC Symphony Orchestra, Elliott Carter, London Sinfonietta, Michael Collins, and Oliver Knussen
Composed by Elliott Carter at the ripe old age of 84 and debuted in 1998 (a time when the composer was more prolific than ever),Symphoniacould be one of the contemporary music maverick's grandest works to date. In about 45 minutes, the piece--inspired … see full wiki
Unlike scientists and mathematicians, who seem to produce their significant work precociously and seldom add to it after the age of 30, composers who live long enough often produce their finest music late in life. Machaut and Haydn both lived to seventy-seven and created their most spacious compositions in their last decades. Janacek and Hindemith were composing brilliantly nearly to the end of their seventy-three years; Janacek, in fact, was a 'minor' composer until his late fifties. Elliot Carter … more
Elliott Carter, (probably) the greatest American composer, has fortunately only become more prolific in his old age. Both the Clarinet Concerto and _Symphonia_ were written when the composer when was in his eighties. His music is a personal style of adapted atonality and extreme rhythmic complexity. The clarinet concerto was written for and premiered by Pierre Boulez and his Ensemble InterContemporain, and was arranged to work with the EIC's unusual lineup of musicians. Each … more
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