GEORGE CRUMB: Makrokosmos I-III

Catalogue No.: 
0015029KAI
EAN Code: 
9120040731151
Artist(s):
Composer(s):
Recording Date: 
26-27 June 2017 (Makrokosmos III), percussion part 24-25 Jul 2017; 16-17 Feb 2016 (Makrokosmos I & II)
Recording Venue: 
Studio Weinberg (Makrokosmos III), Oizumi Bunkamura, Japan (Makrokosmos I & II & III)
Release: 
October 2018

A new double CD release with Japanese pianist Yoshiko Shimizu, playing George Crumb´s Makrokosmos, Volume I, Volume II and Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III) accompanied by Austrian percussionist Rupert Struber. Makrokosmos whose title reflects Crumb´s admiration for Bartok´s piano series Mikrokosmos.
Makrokosmos Volume I and Volume II are filled with references to the history of humankind, myths, Christianity, paganism and occultism.In Music for a summer evening (Makrokosmos III) Crumb pays a tribute to poetic quotations of Quasimodo, Pascal and Rilke.The composer himself regards these three works as forming a trilogy.

 

CD 1
George Crumb
Makrokosmos, Volume I (1972) Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano, Part One
1.
1. Primeval Sounds (Genesis I) [Canser]
04:31
2.
2. Proteus [Pisces]
01:13
3.
3. Pastorale (from the Kingdom of Atlantis, ca. 10,000 B.C.) [Taurus]
02:10
4.
4. Crucifixus [SYMBOL] [Capricorn]
02:56
Makrokosmos, Volume I (1972) Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano, Part Two
5.
5. The Phantom Gondolier [Scorpio]
02:50
6.
6. Night-Spell I [Sagittarius]
03:25
7.
7. Music of Shadows (for Aeolian Harp) [Libra]
02:19
8.
8. The Magic Circle of Infinity (Moto perpetuo) [SYMBOL] [Leo]
01:56
Makrokosmos, Volume I (1972) Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano, Part Three
9.
9. The Abyss of Time [Virgo]
02:32
10.
10. Spring-Fire [Aries]
01:43
11.
11. Dream Images (Love-Death Music) [Gemini]
04:07
12.
12. Spiral Galaxy [SYMBOL] [Aquarius]
02:58
Makrokosmos, Volume II (1973) Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano, Part One
13.
1. Morning Music (Genesis II) [Cancer]
02:44
14.
2. The Mystic Chord [Sagittarius]
02:22
15.
3. Rain-Death Variations [Pisces]
01:47
16.
4. Twin Suns (Doppelgänger aus der Ewigkeit) [SYMBOL] [Gemini]
03:13
Makrokosmos, Volume II (1973) Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano, Part Two
17.
5. Ghost-Nocturne: for the Druids of Stonehenge (Night-Spell II) [Virgo]
02:08
18.
6. Gargoyles [Taurus]
01:25
19.
7. Tora! Tora! Tora! (Cadenza Apocalittica) [Scorpio]
02:08
20.
8. A Prophecy of Nostradamus [SYMBOL] [Aries]
03:04
Makrokosmos, Volume II (1973) Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac for Amplified Piano, Part Three
21.
9. Cosmic Wind [Libra]
02:35
22.
10. Voices from "Corona Borealis" [Aquarius]
03:17
23.
11. Litany of the Galactic Bells [Leo]
02:38
24.
12. Agnus Dei [SYMBOL] [Capricorn]
03:54
CD 2
George Crumb
Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III) for Two Amplified Pianos and Percussion [Two Players]
1.
I. Nocturnal Sounds (The Awakening)
06:08
2.
II. Wanderer-Fantasy
04:52
3.
III. The Advent
07:04
4.
IV. Myth
04:19
5.
V. Music of the Starry Night
11:46
Total Time: 
98:11