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Elliott Carter: Nonesuch Retrospective (Nonesuch Audio CD 4-CD Box Set)

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To celebrate Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday on December 11, 2008, Nonesuch released Elliott Carter: A Nonesuch Retrospective, a four-disc set, in February 2009. The discs include most of the recordings Nonesuch made of Carter’s music between 1968 and 1985.

These recordings include performances by many acclaimed musicians, including Paul Jacobs, Gilbert Kalish, the Composers Quartet, Jan DeGaetani, Fred Sherry, Arthur Weisberg, the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Levine. The original Nonesuch records were produced by Joanna Nickrenz and Marc Aubort, and later, Teresa Sterne, Max Wilcox, and Oliver Knussen. A 58-page booklet—with photos, score examples, texts, an essay by Paul Griffiths, and tributes by musicians and composers including Virgil Blackwell, Tod Machover, Ursula Oppens, and Fred Sherry—accompanies the discs.

A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and the first composer to receive the United States National Medal of Arts, Elliott Carter is internationally recognized as one of the leading American voices of the 20th-century classical music tradition. First encouraged toward a musical career by his friend and mentor Charles Ives, Carter attended Harvard University, where he studied with Walter Piston, and later went to Paris, where for three years he studied with Nadia Boulanger. He then returned to New York to devote his time to composing and teaching. Carter was recognized by the Pulitzer Prize Committee for the first time in 1960 for his groundbreaking String Quartet No. 2. Stravinsky hailed Carter’s Double Concerto for Harpsichord & Piano with Two Chamber Orchestras (1961) and Piano Concerto (1967), as “masterpieces,” while Aaron Copland called him “one of America's most distinguished creative artists in any field.”

As Paul Griffiths writes in the box-set booklet:

Born when Enrico Caruso was cutting cylinders, Elliott Carter has lived through most of the history of recording, and contributed to that history through his associations with various companies. First among these was Nonesuch, beginning in 1969 and continuing for over twenty years. Two albums of the 1970s, featuring his first two string quartets and Double Concerto, played a conspicuous role in carrying his music to a wide audience, and so in bringing him the acclaim that encouraged him to go on, with undiminished vigor, into a ‘late period’ that has lasted more than thirty years. Nonesuch was not only the first label to give Carter’s music international distribution and continuing support, it also placed his work in an appropriate context of discovery and adventure.

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Contents
1.1 Piano Sonata, I Maestoso 11:31
1.2 Piano Sonata, II Andante 14:58
1.3 Dust of Snow 1:05
1.4 The Rose Family 1:07
1.5 The Minotaur, Scene I: King Minos' Palace in Crete, Overture 00:59
1.6 The Minotaur, Scene I: King Minos' Palace in Crete, Queen Pasiphaë prepares for a tryst with the sacred bull 3:49
1.7 The Minotaur, Scene I: King Minos' Palace in Crete, Entrance of the bulls and the sacred bull 00:38
1.8 The Minotaur, Scene I: King Minos' Palace in Crete, Dance of the bulls and Pasiphaë with the sacred bull 2:37
1.9 The Minotaur, Scene I: King Minos' Palace in Crete, Interlude - Pasiphaë's heartbeat becomes the pounding of hammers used in bui 1:18
1.10 The Minotaur, Scene II: Before the Labyrinth, Building the labyrinth to imprison the Minotaur who destroys men 2:00
1.11 The Minotaur, Scene II: Before the Labyrinth, Entrance of King Minos 1:39
1.12 The Minotaur, Scene II: Before the Labyrinth, Selection of Greek victims to be sent into the labyrinth 1:09
1.13 The Minotaur, Scene II: Before the Labyrinth, Ariadne, princess of Crete, dances with Theseus, a Greek victim 4:23
1.14 The Minotaur, Scene II: Before the Labyrinth, Greek victims are driven into the labyrinth 1:40
1.15 The Minotaur, Scene II: Before the Labyrinth, Theseus' farewell to Ariadne as he enters the labyrinth 1:54
1.16 The Minotaur, Scene II: Before the Labyrinth, Ariadne unwinds her thread as Theseus, entering the labyrinth, pulls the thread af 1:19
1.17 The Minotaur, Scene II: Before the Labyrinth, Theseus fights and kills the Minotaur... 1:15
1.18 The Minotaur, Scene II: Before the Labyrinth, Ariadne rewinds her thread to lead Theseus out of the labyrinth 1:55
1.19 The Minotaur, Scene II: Before the Labyrinth, The thread breaks. Ariadne is greatly dismayed 1:32
1.20 The Minotaur, Scene II: Before the Labyrinth, Theseus and some of the Greeks emerge from the labyrinth and rejoice 1joice:03
1.21 The Minotaur, Scene II: Before the Labyrinth, The Greeks and Theseus, forgetting Ariadne, leave Crete 3:31
1.22 Elliott Carter: Elegy 4:46
2.1 Sonata for Cello & Piano: Moderato 5:09
2.2 Sonata for Cello & Piano: Vivace, molto leggiero 4:33
2.3 Sonata for Cello & Piano: Adagio 6:10
2.4 Sonata for Cello & Piano: Allegro 5:26
2.5 Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 1 (1951); Fantasia: Maestoso - Allegro scorrevole (LP Version) 11:57
2.6 Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 1 (1951); Allegro scorrevole - Adagio 12:30
2.7 Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 1 (1951); Variations 13:14
2.8 Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello & Harpsichord: Risoluto 3:18
2.9 Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello & Harpsichord: Lento 6:32
2.10 Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello & Harpsichord: Allegro 5:20
3.1 Variations for Orchestra 23:07
3.2 Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2 (1959); Introduction 1:06
3.3 Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2 (1959); (I) Allegro fantastico 2:39
3.4 Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2 (1959); Cadenza for Viola 1:26
3.5 Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2 (1959); (II) Presto scherzando 1:56
3.6 Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2 (1959); Cadenza for Cello 1:52
3.7 Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2 (1959); (III) Andante espressivo 3:31
3.8 Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2 (1959); Cadenza for First Violin 1:42
3.9 Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2 (1959); (IV) Allegro 4:41
3.10 Elliott Carter: String Quartet No. 2 (1959); Conclusion 1:02
3.11 Double Concerto for Harpsichord & Piano with Two Chamber Orchestras: Introduction 4:08
3.12 Double Concerto for Harpsichord & Piano with Two Chamber Orchestras: Cadenza for Harpsichord 1:57
3.13 Double Concerto for Harpsichord & Piano with Two Chamber Orchestras: Allegro scherzando 4:59
3.14 Double Concerto for Harpsichord & Piano with Two Chamber Orchestras: Adagio 5:04
3.15 Double Concerto for Harpsichord & Piano with Two Chamber Orchestras: Presto 1:11
3.16 Double Concerto for Harpsichord & Piano with Two Chamber Orchestras: Cadenzas for Piano 2:40
3.17 Double Concerto for Harpsichord & Piano with Two Chamber Orchestras: Coda 2:37
4.1 Night Fantasies 22:24
4.2 Triple Duo: Allegro 4:39
4.3 Triple Duo: Vivo-Animato 3:12
4.4 Triple Duo: Allegretto 3:15
4.5 Triple Duo: Vivo 2:15
4.6 Triple Duo: Maestoso-Lento-Maestoso-Scherzoso 02:10
4.7 Triple Duo: Allegro fantastico 4:06
4.8 In Sleep, In Thunder: Dolphins 3:03
4.9 In Sleep, In Thunder: Across the Yard: La Ignota 2:52
4.10 In Sleep, In Thunder: Harriet 3:14
4.11 In Sleep, In Thunder: Dies Irae 3:22
4.12 In Sleep, In Thunder: Careless Night 4:22
4.13 In Sleep, In Thunder: In Genesis 2:25
  

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