Live concert DVD of Elliott Carter's 103rd birthday concert, 8 December 2011
Concert available as download here.
• Features 4 world premieres (A Sunbeam’s Architecture, String Trio, Mnemosyné, Rigmarole) - two of which were specially written for this concert.
• Features filmed tributes from leading British composers George Benjamin, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews.
• 24-page booklet with a personal tribute to Elliott from Colin Matthews, Fred Sherry (Artistic Director) and extensive programme notes and many rare photographs from Carter archive.
• The oldest work on this DVD was written when Carter was 83, and all the others post-date his 90th birthday
Compatible with DVD players from any region.
Bridget Kibbey harp
Marie Tachouet flute
Jim Pugh trombone
Peter Evans trumpet
Stephen Gosling piano
Ryan McAdams conductor
Peter Kolkay bassoon
Ayako Oshima clarinet
Nicholas Phan tenor
Stephen Taylor oboe
Charles Neidich, Virgil Blackwell clarinets
Mike Truesdell, Gordon Gottlieb percussion
Aaron Boyd, Miranda Cuckson, Tai Murray, Katie Hyun, Rolf Schulte violin
Richard O’Neill, David Fulmer viola
Michael Nicolas, Jay Campbell, Fred Sherry cello
Donald Palma, Jeremy McCoy double bass
IINTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW - OUTSTANDING RECORDING
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE - CHOICE OF THE MONTH
'What an amazing valedictory event for the indefatigable centenarian. This thoughtfully produced DVD of the event also includes extras – footage of a post-tonal rendition of “Happy Birthday to You” with Carter, beaming, looking on; liner notes by John Link, Fred Sherry, and Colin Matthews; and a segment “On Carter,” with filmed tributes by UK composers' Signal to Noise
'So many exemplary performances of this fundamentally challenging music ... tribute must be paid to the imperturbable cello playing of Fred Sherry and the eloquence of Rolf Schulte's violin, not only in his solo Mnemosyne but as chief line-carrier in the fizzing Double Trio' BBC Music Magazine
'It was the composer's wish that this concert be released by NMC and the absence of any British music is compensated for by the 12 minutes tributes (from George Benjamin, Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen and Matthews himself) [...] as entertaining and affectionate a sequence of reminiscences as one could wish. A worthwhile conspectus and an event of first-rate music-making.' International Record Review
‘What a treat it is to see Carter fêted in such a creative way and to see the composer’s pleasure in the performances. […] an amazing testament to Carter’s longevity and joie de vivre.’ The Whole Note
‘The performances by a cast of Carter devotees are flawless.' Gramophone
Supported by The Amphion Foundation, Inc.
This concert was made possible by the generous support of the following foundations and individuals:
Unbroken Chain Foundation, Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Boosey & Hawkes, Ann and Harry Santen, Richard and Dee Wilson, Rosamond Bernier, Jean Stein, Pia Gilbert, Peggy and Ralph Brown, Paula S. Lawrence, Simon Freakley, Joel Chadabe, Robert Pounder & Francine Gray
Recorded live on 8 December 2011 at the 92nd Street Y, New York, NY • www.92Y.org
FRED SHERRY Artistic Director
CAROL ARCHER, FRED SHERRY Concert Producers
VIRGIL BLACKWELL Concert Executive Producer
Concert (Tracks 1 – 18):
KAREN MCLAUGHLIN DVD Creative Direction
FRED SHERRY, CAROL ARCHER DVD Producers
JEFFREY MCLAUGHLIN DVD Editor
On Carter (Track 19):
TOMMY PEARSON Producer & Editor
Catalogue number: NMC DVD193
Release Date: 25 November 2013