Donald Crockett: Night Scenes
Liner Notes   Cat. No. 80718     Release Date: 2011-07-01

Firebird Ensemble: Kate Vincent, director and viola; Aaron Trant, assistant director and percussion; Sarah Bob, piano; Gabriela Diaz, violin; Scot Fitzsimmons, double bass; Jeffrey Means, conductor and percussion; Rane Moore, clarinet; David Russell, cello; Cory Smythe, piano

Donald Crockett’s (b 1951) works are notable, first of all, for their clarity and their immediate impact on the listener. The music could be described as elemental, on several levels—in its sonic tactility, in its use of readily identifiable, almost object-like musical gestures, and in its frequent connections, through poetic and evocative titles, to the lived, physical world. A sense of durability, of ruggedness, abides, even through a delicacy or sweetness that frequently makes itself felt.

There is a sense of transparent and flowing, tonally-centered harmonic motion, not ignoring moments of crunchy, high-density dissonance. Above all there is energy, constant energy: the energy of dance and American popular music, even without strong reference to those styles, an energy born of intimacy with the physical nature of performance, like improvisation.

The precision talents and eclectic energy of the Boston-based Firebird Ensemble, part of a new breed of chamber ensembles as comfortable playing clubs as concert halls, match up well with Crockett’s intricate, entertaining, and intimate music. Years of close collaboration have led to this wonderful recording of four significant chamber works.

Firebird Ensemble

Donald Crockett: Night Scenes

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Track Listing

Night Scenes: Night Scenes: I. Scatter the Barbarians
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Night Scenes: Night Scenes: II. The Blue Guitar
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Night Scenes: Night Scenes: III. Midnight Train
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Night Scenes: Night Scenes: IV. Night Hawks
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to airy thinness beat: to airy thinness beat: I. Suspended
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to airy thinness beat: to airy thinness beat: II. Heavy and energetic
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to airy thinness beat: to airy thinness beat: III. Fast and furious, suddenly slow and elegiac
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Wet Ink
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Scree: Scree: I. Adagio, appassionato, flessibile
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Scree: Scree: II. Vivo
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Scree: Scree: III. Molto moderato, cantando
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Scree: Scree: IV. Disperato
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