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||A Momentous Reissue|
Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas has championed the music of American iconoclast Carl Ruggles all his career. Except for him, this craggy New England transcendentalist has yet to find another so devoted. As a result, these 1980 recordings with the Buffalo Philharmonic must do--and they do just fine--until someone else becomes as enraptured. (I have never understood why conductors like Pierre Boulez ignore him). If you want an immediate full-impact immersion in Ruggles, try "Sun Treader," which I believe Anton Webern conducted in the early 1930s. I love so much in this collection--the haunting "Angels," in both versions, "Portals," "Organum," "Evocations." For those of you who doubt that Ruggles ever had any meaningful relationship with conventional tonality, go to "Exaltation," a heart-felt hymn to his wife, Charlotte, written on her death in 1958. Last but light years from least, the liner notes contain a major essay on the composer by Lou Harrison (which I, God forgive me, stole from a library during my college years). Other Minds Music is to be congratulated for restoring this collection to American musical life. Now repay them for their courage and buy this CD!
By dafeds (Ardmore, PA)
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|CD Universe Part number||8705040|
|Label||Other Minds Records|
|Release Date||Apr 24, 2012|
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