Christian Wolff - (Re):Making Music

Christian Wolff

(b. 1934)

mode 133/134

2-CD set

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Mode Records - A Record Label Devoted to New Music Edition Christian Wolff, Vol. 6
(Re):Making Music

The Barton Workshop

CD 1

Violist Pieces (1997)*
   1. Piece #1 (4:15)
   2. Piece #2 (2:03)
   3. Piece #3 (3:21)
   4. Piece #4 - Resonant (1:06)
   5. Piece #5 - Clear (0:58)
   6. Piece #6 - Freely (2:26)
   7. Kegama (1991)* (4:15)
        for violin, clarinet/bass-clarinet, cello, piano & percussion
   8. Peace March 1 ("Stop using uranium") (1983-84)*
        for flute (4:57)
   9. Peace March 2 (1984)* (7:28)
        for flute, clarinet, cello, piano, percussion

Emma (1988-89)*
   for viola, cello & piano
   10. Movement 1 (0:24)
   11. Movement 2 (0:48)
   12. Movement 3 (1:25)
   13. Movement 4 (0:58)
   14. Movement 5 (2:30)
   15. Movement 6 (0:45)
   16. Movement 7 (0:41)
   17. Movement 8 (1:04)
   18. Movement 9 (0:45)
   19. Movement 10 (5:52)
   20. Movement 11- Dancelike (1:47)
   21. Digger Song (1988)* (10:44)
        for violin, viola, cello & percussion
        From Leaning Forward (1988)*
        for soprano, bass-baritone, clarinet/bass-clarinet, cello & piano
        22. A woman invented fire (1:47)
        23. Drowning (II) (1:03)
   24. The women let the tide go out (0:55)
   25. Note to the grandparents (0:56)
   26. Mulberry Street ends in good works (2:00)
   27. The Sad Children's Song (1:23)
   28. This is about the women of that country (3:47)
   29. That Year (2:17)
        Nicola Walker-Smith, Soprano. Charles van Tassel, Bass-Baritone

CD 2

Three Pieces (1979-80) *
   for violin & viola
   1. Rock About (2:00)
   2. Instrumental (3:13)
   3. Starving to Death on a Government Claim (5:10)
   4. For 5 or 10 Players (1962)* Version for 5 players (5:33)
        for trombone, violin, viola, cello & percussion
       Exercise(s) (15,16,17, 18) (1975)
   5. Exercise 15 - solo piano (4:58)
   6. Exercise 16 - for 2 instruments (clarinet and cello) (3:32)
   7. Exercise 17 - for solo trombone (valve trombone) (6:47)
   8. Exercise 18 - for 4 instruments (clarinet, cello, valve trombone, piano)
        (6:58)
   9. For 5 or 10 Players (1962)* Version for 10 players (12:21)
        for flutes, clarinet, bassoon, trombone, melodica, violin, viola,
        cello, bass, piano & percussion

   10. Dark As A Dungeon (1977)*
        for clarinet (7:26)
   11. Schoenen met veters (1999)*
        for flute, clarinet/bass-clarinet, trombone, violin, viola, cello
        & bass

        written for The Barton Workshop
        Commissioned by the Fromm Foundation, 1998-99

* first recording

The scores presented on this 2-CD set cover 37 years of Christian Wolff's composing, and present many different musical surfaces and syntaxes.

The early For 5 or 10 People is a graphic score from Wolff's most experimental period. It is presented twice, once for 5 players and again for 10 players.

Since the 1970's, Wolff has chosen songs from the political protest movement as starting material for many of his works.

These authoritative performances are by The Barton Workshop and James Fulkerson, who have had a long tradition of playing Wolff's music.

Mostly first recordings.

The first recording of Schoenen met veters, a Fromm Foundation Commission written for The Barton Workshop.

Liner notes are by James Fulkerson.

Reviews:

Christian Wolff
(Re):Making Music
The Barton Workshop
Mode 133/34

The Barton Workshop, an Amsterdam-based ensemble, serves up compelling performances on Christian Wolff's (Re):Making Music (Mode) and James Tenney's Postal Pieces (New World Records). Wolff's (Re):Making Music suggests the folk music of the future, as if musicians got together and gleefully intermingled Cape Breton fiddling, protest songs ("Stop Using Uranium"), Irish reels, and astringent atonal snatches of 1950s punktmusik. The results are refreshing and ear-opening. Comprising short instructions on postcards, Tenney's Postal Pieces range from the mysterioso undulations of "Beast" for solo contrabass to the classic "Having Never Written a Note for Percussion," whose elongated washes of rolling tam-tam strokes eventually unleash a typhoon of hiss, ear-bending room resonance, flecks of digital grit, and other flickering tones.
--- Christopher DeLaurenti, THE SCORE-CLASSICAL & JAZZ,
      www.thestranger.com, 15 April 2004


Related Resources:

Also by Christian Wolff on Mode Records:
Vol. 1: The Piano Works 1976-83 performed by Sally Pinkas (mode 43)
Vol. 2: "I Like to Think of Harriet Tubman" performed by The Barton
            Workshop (mode 69)
Vol. 3: Tilbury Pieces (complete) Snowdrop (mode 74)
Vol. 4: Look She Said: Complete Works for Bass (mode 109)
Vol. 5: Complete Works for Violin and Piano (mode 126)

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