2001 GRAMMY WINNER – STAR-CHILD: BEST COMPOSITION
Fanfare: Critic’s Choice, Best of Year
December Disc of the Month & 10/10 – Highest Rating: ClassicsToday.com
Top CDs of 1999, Pittsburgh Gazette
Editor’s Favorite: Amazon.com
Three works by George Crumb, the American master composer.
Star-Child, the 2001 Grammy Winner for Best Contemporary Composition. This work was considered “unrecordable” by Boulez as it calls for multiple orchestras to perform simultaneously with different conductors. Through digital technology, Bridge has provided the first studio recording of this work ever. Thomas Conlin leads the Warsaw Philharmonic to extraordinary heights in Crumb’s apocalyptic masterpiece.
Mundus Canis (A Dog’s World)is a series of short works for guitar and percussion. David Starobin and George Crumb play these 5 works, based on the Crumb family dogs. Crumb and Starobin have since taken this piece on the road for a series of performances both across the USA and around the world.
George Crumb calls his Three Early Songs “the sins of his youth.” These songs are certainly far from sinful, though stylistically far different from his later work. Crumb performs them on the piano, while his daughter, Ann Crumb, sings the vocal parts.