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Aheym
Format:
Music CD, Musical Sound Recording, Sound Recording
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Publisher, Date:
Los Angeles, CA : Anti, p2013.
Description:
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Notes:
Title from container.
Tour Eiffiel is a setting of texts by Vicente Huidobro.
Compact disc.
Kronos Quartet (David Harrington, John Sherba, violins ; Hank Dutt, viola ; Jeffrey Zeigler, cello) ; Sufjan Stevens, vocals (track 3) ; with Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun, director ; David Cossin, percussion ; Bryce Dessner, guitar ; Lisa Kaplan, piano ; Dave Nelson, trombone (last work).
The last work is in Spanish.
Contents:
Aheym (10:00) -- Little blue something (7:56) -- Tenebre (15:11) -- Tour Eiffel (11:27).
Publisher Number:
ANTI87296-2
Other Number:
858903348
System Availability:
1
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
1
Control Number:
630704
Call Number:
F DESS AHE K 96-1
# Local items in:
0
# System items in:
0
Medium:
[sound recording]
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Notes / Track List
Bryce Dessner is a guitarist with the alternative rock and Americana band the National, and this album with the Kronos Quartet appears not on its longtime label home of Nonesuch but on the rock-oriented ANTI imprint. The sound, from the standpoint of classical music, is a bit overheated, but Dessner certainly fits with the quartet's long-term goals of commissioning music from younger composers and reaching out generally to music lovers of whatever genre. Each work has a fairly specific program. The title piece, "Aheym," which was written for a concert in Brooklyn, New York's Prospect Park, denotes the concept "homeward" in Yiddish and is dedicated to the memory of Dessner's own Polish Jewish ancestors. It is questionable as to whether the listener would intuit the programs without knowing them in advance, for the music is written in what might be called a turbo-minimalist style that remains consistent, building as each work proceeds. The third piece, "Tenebre," features triple-layered vocals at the end from new-folk singer Sufjan Stevens, as well as an octuple-layered Kronos Quartet, but certainly the most interesting piece is the last one, "Tour Eiffel." Here, Dessner modifies his minimalist language and forges a three-unit texture consisting of a children's choir, a small band led by his own guitar, and the quartet. These three play off each other in simple but original ways, each refracting a text by Chilean poet Vicente Huidobro about the Eiffel Tower. It's a novel conception, and it makes one want to hear more from its young composer. Recommended for those interested in classical-rock fusions. ~ James Manheim
1Aheym
2Little Blue Something
3Tenebre
4Tour Eiffel
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2013

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