Collage: Robert Annis, bass clarinet; Anne H. Pilot, harp; Frank Epstein, percussion; Christopher Oldfather, piano; Joel Smirnoff, violin; Katherine Murdock, viola; Joel Moerschel, cello; Gunther Schuller, conductor
New World Quartet: Curtis J. Macomber and William Patterson, violins; Robert Dan, viola; Ross T. Harbaugh, cello; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
William Thomas McKinley writes:
"Paintings VII and For One share many musical and dramatic characteristics though a number of years separates their times of composition. Each work derives its essential energy and compositional spirit from a predominantly expressionistic musical palette which results in a widely contrasting array of emotional states. These states are juxtaposed in short rapid-fire order - often suddenly - creating at times the impression of "psychic" motion or force throughout their development.
Ramon Zupko writes:
"Noosphere is an interpretation, in musical terms, of the substantive elements of the philosophy of the Jesuit priest-paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. It was Chardin's vision that the 'Noosphere,' the network of communication, information, and personal aspiration that embraces the universe, is evolving into a collective mind and soul, in which all humans participate.
This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available as a burn-on-demand CD (CD-R) or download in MP3/320, FLAC or WAV formats. CD-Rs come in a protective sleeve; no print booklet or jewel case included. Full liner notes are accessible via the link above.