Crumb: Vox Balanae, Night of the Four Moons, Makrokosmos Vol 2 / DeGaetani, Miller

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Night of the Four Moons [is] a typical example of [Crumb's] richly allusive style from that time, with references to Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde and Haydn's "Farewell" Symphony clothing settings of poems by Lorca... it's wonderful to hear again the late Jan DeGaetani's performance of Night of the Four Moons; nobody has sung Crumb's music of that period with more intensity or understanding than she did.

-- Andrew Clements, The Guardian [6/19/2008]
reviewing Night of the Four Moons, previously reissued as part of Bridge 9253

I love Miller's performance of these crazy piano works. He is extremely animated and theatrical amidst the formidable obstacle course that the performer faces in this work. He is called to strum the strings inside the piano, scream, whoop and holler, preparing the strings, etc. In the 4th cut on side 1, the performer is instructed: "serene, desireless, like a Nirvana-trance!" O.K. Miller makes it work. it's really fantastic. I have become quite attached to these performances to the exclusion of all others.

reviewing Makrokosmos Vol 2 on LP

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: SONY74933

  • UPC: 888837493321

  • Label: Sony

  • Composer: George Crumb

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Aeolian Chamber Players

  • Performer: Erich Graf, Jan DeGaetani, Jerry Grossman, Lewis Kaplan, Paul Tobias, Raymond DesRoches, Robert Miller, Walter Ponce