Elliott CARTER – Late Works – BBC Music Magazine, Concerto Choice

ELLIOTT CARTER (1908-2012) Late Works

Interventions (2007) for piano and orchestra, Dialogues (2003) for piano and chamber orchestra, Dialogues II (2010) for piano and chamber orchestra, 4 Soundings (2005) for orchestra,  Two Controversies and a Conversation (2011) for piano, percussion and chamber orchestra-, Instances (2012) for chamber orchestra Epigrams (2012) for piano trio

“Pianist Pierre- Laurent Aimard brings fluent delicacy to the concertos and the orchestral soundings. He is matched in filigree precision by co-protagonists, percussionist Colin Currie, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group under conductor Oliver Knussen. Carter’s very last- prove concise, poetic and delightfully mischievous as ever.” BBC Music Magazine, Concerto Choice, October 2017

“No one hearing the pieces on this disc is likely to doubt their technical finesse or expressive refinement: qualities that go a long way towards the defining of “lateness” in artistic terms…[Aimard] tackles this always demanding pianism with alacrity and perception…There are unlikely to be any better discs of contemporary music this year.” Gramophone, Editor’s Choice, September 2017

“Elliott Carter’s music retained its intellectual grip right to the end and an all-star line-up of performers -pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, violinist Isabelle Faust, percussionist Colin Currie, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Oliver Knussen –  does it proud.” Financial Times

Ondine ODE 12962 @ £14.25* 

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano, Isabelle Faust, violin , Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello Colin Currie, percussion, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group,  BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oliver Knussen, 

An impressive cast of artists are joining together in this Ondine recording dedicated to the late works by iconic American composer Elliott Carter (1908 – 2012). The album includes five premiere recordings, including Carter’s final work Epigrams (2012) for piano trio, featuring Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Isabelle Faust and Jean-Guihen Queyras. The album also features percussionist Colin Currie joined together with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Oliver Knussen.

Composer Elliott Carter’s prolific career spanned over 80 years. He was encouraged towards a career in classical music by his friend and mentor Charles Ives. He studied under composers Walter Piston and Gustav Holst while attending the Harvard University, and later in Paris, studying with Nadia Boulanger before returning to the United States. In his final years, Carter continued to complete works with astounding frequency writing more than sixty works after the age of ninety. Carter’s last completed orchestral work, Instances (2012), was premiered by the Seattle Symphony in February 2013. His final work, Epigrams (2012) for piano trio, was premiered at the Aldeburgh Festival in June 2013 both works are included on this recording.

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