Martin Bresnick: Opere Della Musica Povera (Works of a Poor Music)
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR868     Release Date: 2007-01-01

Yale Philharmonia: Jesse Levine, conductor; Lawrence Leighton Smith, conductor

Povera Players: Evan Ziporyn, clarinet, bass clarinet; Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon; David Mott, baritone saxophone; Eduardo Leandro,percussion; Lisa Moore, piano; Marc Mellits, synthesizer; Todd Reynolds, violin; Martin Bresnick, conductor

Yale Pro Musica: Marguerite L. Brooks, conductor;

Bang on a Can All-Stars: Evan Ziporyn, clarinet, bass clarinet; Lisa Moore, piano; Steven Schick, percussion; Mark Stewart, electric guitar; Maya Beiser, cello; Robert Black, bass

Da Capo Chamber Players: Jo-Ann Sternberg,clarinet; Lisa Moore, piano; Eva Gruesser, viola

Zeitgeist: Patrick O’Keefe, clarinet, bass clarinet; Heather Barringer, percussion; Patti Cudd, percussion; Carl Witt, piano; Martin Bresnick, narrator

Although Martin Bresnick calls this collection of twelve compositions Opere della Musica Povera (Works of a Poor Music), it is something of a misnomer. In terms of structural variety and sources of inspiration, as well as instrumentation (which ranges from intimate solo and chamber works to unaccompanied choral pieces and compositions for full symphony orchestra), Musica Povera is an embarrassment of riches!

Akin to installations in the visual art world, where a group of self-contained objects come together in order to create an even more aesthetically rewarding whole, Musica Povera brings together a collection of seemingly disparate aural elements to create a larger sonic statement about music-making in the 1990s. Like Jennifer Bartlett’s remarkable 1976 watershed work Rhapsody — which mixes minimalist, abstract- expressionist, and neo-realist painted panels to create a unified, but polystylistic message cutting across ideological quagmires in visual art — Bresnick’s twelve interrelated compositions collected here reference minimalism, serialism, neo-romanticism, early American hymns, and a plethora of other styles, but emerge as something totally unique...  — Frank J. Oteri

This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

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