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Discography for Roger Reynolds

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Symphony[Myths]
Whispers Out of Time
Symphony[Vertigo]

composer/conductor Harvey Sollberger


CD title: Reynolds: Whisper Out of Time (Works for Orchestra)
Primary Artist(s): Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, La Jolla Symphony Orchestra
Label: Mode Records
Dates of recording: 1987-1990


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Reynolds compositions on disc:

Transfigured Wind III (1984, flute, ensemble, and tape)
Ambages (1965, flute)
Mistral (1985, chamber ensemble)

Stephen Soderberg in English


CD title: Three Circuitous Paths to the Music of Roger Reynolds
Primary Artist(s): Rachel Rudich, flute; June in Buffalo Ensemble
Label: Neuma Records
Dates of recording: 2002
Recording: June in Buffalo staff
Editing: Chris Mercer
Mastering: Josef Kucera

About:

The three works on this CD are linked in various ways, not the least of which is the common element wind. Ambages and Transfigured Wind III both feature a wind instrument, the solo flute. But Mistral, while it also employs wind instruments (brass) with strings and harpsichord, is more fundamentally "wind-built" ... its construction principles originating in Reynolds' form-musings on the famously brutal wind in the south of France.

- from the liner notes


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CD/CD-ROM title: The Angel of Death
Primary Artist(s):
Label: IRCAM


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Reynolds compositions on disc:

Kokoro (1992, violin)
Focus a beam, emptied of thinking, outward... (1989, cello)
Process and Passion (2002, violin, cello, and electronics)

Mark Menzies, Hugh Livinston, and Roger Reynolds in English


CD title: Process and Passion
Primary Artist(s): Mark Menzies, violin; Hugh Livingston, cello
Label: Pogus (2 CDs)
Dates of recording: 2004
Recording, Editing, Mastering: Josef Kucera

About:

Like a modern look at a Baroque solo suite combined with a set of classical variations, Focus considers the instrument, its melodic and figurative linearity and its double stop potential, and provides a neatly wrapped package of "views" of the rhythmic pattern and a tone row that does much to unify the linear identity of gestures. Passages with double stops alternate with flying finger-slurred miniatures where fleeting recognition of the opening, signal gestures offers an impelling force that drives to the final simplicity of the closing section: pure again, single notes with occasional vestigial flickering, open strings and harmonics, some warmth from stopped notes, but overall a nearly headlong pace which shows that there is no room for relaxation even in the final glowing moments of the inclonclusive search that the composition represents.
-from Livingston's liner notes


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Reynolds compositions on disc:

Epigram and Evolution (1960, piano)
Wedge (1961, chamber ensemble)
Mosaic (1962, flute and piano)
A Portrait of Vanzetti (1962-63, narrator, ensemble, and tape)

Other works on disc:

String Trio (1960) by George Cacioppo
Sinfonia for 12 Instruments and Magnetic Tape (1958-60) by Gordon Mumma
The Fourth of July (1960) by Robert Ashley
Matrix for Clarinet (1962) by Donald Scavarda
and many others

Leta E. Miller, Robert Ashley, Gordon Mumma, Roger Reynolds, and Donald Scavarda in English


CD title: Music from the Once Festival 1961-1966
Primary Artist(s): ONCE Chamber Orchestra; Robert Ashley, piano; The Camerata Quartet; The Hartt Chamber Players; many others
Label: New World Records (5 CDs)
Dates of recording: 1960-66
Recording: University of Michigan Radio, George Cacioppo
Mastering: Dirk Sobotka

About:

Reynolds deals with two layers of sound moving at different speeds and densities, one mostly winds (...), the other, percussion (...), At two points the layers coincide, delineating a three-section form. A dialogue between the two groups opens the work, active lines in one accompanied by transparent halos in the other. Reynolds's sensitivity to orchestral color is much in evidence: Near the opening, for instance, an ethereal effect is created by halo tones sounding simultaneously in the piccolo and the string bass; timbral modulation also appears in several places. Out of the two instrumental clusters, soloists at times emerge in concerto style: The middle section, for example, features virtuosic cadenzas for piano, vibraphone, flute, trumpet, trombone, and percussion.

- from Miller's liner notes


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Reynolds compositions on disc:

last things, I think, to think about (1994, baritone, piano, and tape)

Joshua Cody in English


CD title: last things, I think, to think about
Primary Artist(s): Philip Larson, baritone, Aleck Karis, piano
Label: EMF media
Dates of recording: 2002
Recording, Editing, Mastering: Josef Kucera

About:

Like Archipelago, last things is a kind of mosaic: the ten discrete settings of poems (drawn from disparate parts of Ashbery's career) are musical islands floating in the stream of an eleventh poem, called Debit Night, that Ashbery wrote specifically for the work. Ashbery taped a reading of Debit Night under Reynolds' supervision, and the recording preserves Ashbery's unaccompanied voice but stereophonically spatialized it. The tape was then divided into ten fragments that are distributed throughout the work as intercalations between the movements of the work proper, suggesting both continuity and fragmentation, two different approaches that characterize the music's "reading" of the poetry in a general sense. An archipelago, as it were, of songs in a sea of spoken words: but whereas the elaborate musical mosaic of the earlier Archipelago was, according to the composer, "purely architectural in notion - the plan for the work was entirely devised before any music was composed" - last things is an exercise in spontaneity, the composer reacting to the poetry with the same capricious immediacy that Ashbery (of all poets) demands of his reader: "the associative mobility of human thought caught while musing," as Reynolds described it.

- from the liner notes


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Reynolds compositions on disc:

...the serpent-snapping eye (1978, trumpet, percussion, piano, and tape)
Ping (1968, piano, flute, percussion, and live electronics)
Traces (1969, flute, piano, cello, and live electronics)

Roger Reynolds and Peter Yates in English


CD title: All Known All White
Primary Artist(s): Edwin Harkins, trumpet; Cecil Lytle, piano; Daryl Pratt, percussion, Roger Reynolds, piano; Karen Reynolds, flute; Paul Chihara, percussion; Alan Johnson, electronics; Yuji Takahashi, piano; Lin Barron, cello
Label: Pogus
Dates of recording: 1972,1984
Recording: Josef Kucera, James Campbell
Editing: Josef Kucera

About:

...the serpent-snapping eye:
My intention ... was to explore those situations in which a loss of orientation leads us more deeply into the moment itself. There is a certain aquatic feel to the music, in which the performers are joined with a complex and sonorous fabric of computer generated sound.
[...]
The work is twenty minutes long, divided into three roughly equal sections. In the first, the primary aim of the performers is to match, submit to and intensify the taped sounds. The second, in which the synthesized sounds are sparse, introduces a feeling of independence as the performers respond, reflecting on models provided by the tape. In the final section, the live performers complement and elaborate upon - they attempt to augment - the synthesized sound.

- from Reynolds' liner notes


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Reynolds compositions on disc:

Watershed I (1995, solo percussion)

Other works on disc:

Six Japanese Gardens (1995) by Kaija Saariaho
Rebonds (1989) by Iannis Xenakis
Bone Alphabet (1992) by Brian Ferneyhough

Steven Schick in English


CD title: Drumming in the Dark
Primary Artist(s): Steven Schick, percussion
Label: Neuma Records
Dates of recording: 1997-98
Editing and Mastering: Joe Kucera

About:

Watershed I:
Early in the learning process of Roger Reynolds' Watershed, I identified (and identified with) the tight spiral of drums as the central force of the piece. The drums are confident, learned and focused. Soon enough they begin to listen to the other instrument: first to the volatile circle of metallic instruments and then to the incessant carpings of four wooden boxes. Approaching the critical "watershed" moment of the work, these forces challenge and begin to transform the drums with steady insistent pressure. The drums, at first dark and laconic, soften and begin to sing. We move seamlessly from order and logic into a far less rational world of impulse and intuition.

-from the liner notes.


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Reynolds compositions on disc:

Coconino... a shattered landscape (1985/93, string quartet)
Visions (1991, string quartet)
Kokoro (1992, solo violin)
Ariadne's Thread (1994, string quartet)
Focus a beam, emptied of thinking, outward... (1989, solo cello)

Ciro G. Scotto, in English and French.


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CD title: Coconino
Primary Artist(s): Arditti String Quartet
Label: Disques Montaigne (2 CDs)
Dates of recording: 1994, 1996
Mastering: Joe Kucera

About:

Arising from the eventful scenery of Coconino... (1985, revised 1993) and the mysterious Visions for string quartet (1992), Kokoro for solo violin (1993) presents a labyrinth of expanding strings, without any immediate markers. Ariadne's Thread (1994), with its entanglement of uninterrupted sounds for string quartet and electronics, is the final secret passage leading to the bright regions of Focus a beam, emptied of thinking, outward... for solo cello (1989), a vast space for meditative reflection.

- from the liner notes


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Reynolds compositions on disc:

From Behind the Unreasoning Mask (1975, trombone, percussion, and tape)

Other works on disc:

Ceremony II (1974) by Paul Chihara
Suite for Harp and Wind Quintet (1950) by Chou Wen-Chung
Earthlight (1973) by Earl Kim

Tom Johnson in English


CD title: From Behind the Unreasoning Mask
Primary Artist(s): Miles Anderson, trombone; Tom Rainer, percussion; many others
Label: New World Records
Dates of recording: 1977, 1998
Recording: Carson Taylor, Jerry Bruck, Stan Tonkel, Buddy Graham
Editing: Jerry Bruck, Don Van Gordon, Stan Tonkel
Mastering: Dirk Sobotka

About:

In the trombone part at the beginning of the Reynolds one also hears notes that are much more than simply notes. They could perhaps be better described as wails or gestures. Reynolds is particularly inventive in his exploration of sounds in this piece, with many special instrumental effects, such as the hum-and-play passages in the trombone. And the tape part, of course, explores a broad palette of colors as well.

- from Reynolds' liner notes


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Watershed IV
Eclipse
The Red Act Arias


DVD title: Watershed IV
Primary Artist(s): Steven Schick, percussion; TRAnSiT; Phillip Larson, Carol Plantamura, voices
Label: Mode Records


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Reynolds compositions on disc: Odyssey (1989-92, two singers, ensemble, and computer sound) Summer Island (1984, oboe and computer sound) Archipelago (1982-83, ensemble and computer sound) Autumn Island (1986, marimba)Fantasy for Pianist (1964, piano)


Peter Szendy in French and English and by Risto Nieminen in French, translated into English by Anne Giannini.


CD title: The Paris Pieces
Primary Artist(s): Ensemble Intercontemporain, conducted by David Robertson and Peter Eötvös; Marie Kobayashi, voice; Philip Larson, voice; Jacqueline Leclair, oboe; Steven Schick, percussion; Scott Dunn, piano
Label: Neuma Records (2 CDs)
Dates of recording: 1983; 1993-95
Recording and Editing: Daniel Raguin, Paul Weyrac, Frank Cunningham, Didier Arditti, Josef Kucera
Mastering: Josef Kucera

About:


About Odyssey: Reynolds' work, instead of trying to put words to music (or music to words), attempts to create a space of/for the voice, within the continuity of the Voicespace cycle he undertook in 1975: "from one mind through two written languages to one executant who becomes the vessel for two spoken languages that reach the single auditor, a cyclicity of the unitary and the multiple." - from Szendy's liner notes



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Track Listing:

Reynolds compositions on disc:

Transfigured Wind IV (1985, flute and tape)

Other works on disc:

Poeme Electronique (1958) by Edgard Varese
Phonemena (1975) by Milton Babbitt
Philomel (1963) by Milton Babbitt
Mycenae-Alpha (1978) by Iannis Xenakis

Shirish Korde, Robert Cogan, Milton Babbitt, Roger Reynolds in English


CD title: Electro Acoustic Music: Classics
Primary Artist(s): Judith Bettina, soprano; Harvey Sollberger, flute
Label: Neuma Records
Dates of recording: 1958, 1978, 1988, 1990
Recording: Toby Mountain, Konrad Strauss
Editing and Mastering: Northeastern Digital Recording

About:

Transfigured Wind IV:
This work is primarily concerned with the way in which transformations may allow music a more subtle and far-reaching engagement with the complexity of our temporal experience as human beings. We recall, immerse ourselves, and anticipate (past, present, and future). We are sometimes absorbed in specifics, at other times wander in larger, less well-defined worlds of impression. The formal aim in many of my recent works has been to invite back into music recognizable but not literal repetition of materials, while at the same time providing a new rationale for the role of "the precursor" (that which acts as a premonition of musical ideas that have not yet appeared in definitive form).

- from Reynolds' liner notes


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Reynolds compositions on disc:

The Ivanov Suite (1991, tape)
Versions/Stages (1988-91, tape)

Mark Swed in English


CD title: Roger Reynolds: Electroacoustic Music
Primary Artist(s): Roger Reynolds, composer
Label: New World Records
Dates of recording: 1988-91
Recording, Editing, Mastering: Josef Kucera

About:

Reynolds' tape music:
What makes Reynolds's music rich and interesting is that the various wings of his musical house are not entirely compartmentalized. Even at his most experimental, as in Versions/Stages, Reynolds retains a grounding in the world of concert music. Unwilling to give up what he calls the vitality of natural sound, he uses the computer as a means to explore in depth the properties and hidden beauties of the sound of a wave or a flutist breathing into her instrument. That hypersensuality of sound often finds a visceral equivalent in both Reynolds's concert and theater music, just as his theatrical side can enliven the experiments. Moreover, both formal abstraction and a frequent underriding poetic content ... characterize nearly all of Reynolds's diverse musical productions. On this program, for instance, bits of experimental music find their way into the theater while concert excerpts are fodder for the computer lab.

- from the liner notes


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Reynolds compositions on disc: Personae (1990, violin, ensemble, and tape) The Vanity of Words [Voicespace V] (1986, tape) Variation (1988, piano)


Thomas DeLio and Roger Reynolds in English


CD title: Personae/The Vanity of Words/Variation
Primary Artist(s): SONOR ensemble; Rand Steiger, conductor; János Négyesy, violin; Philip Larson, baritone; Aleck Karis, piano
Label: Neuma Records
Dates of recording: not indicated
Recording, Editing, Mastering: Josef Kucera

About:


On Variation: What interested me most in composing Variation was the notion that transformations of meaning could occur entirely as a result of changes of context. In this work there is no transposition of thematic materials, nor any thematic development; none of the tactics by means of which musical ideas have traditionally evolved are in play here. The listener is faced with only the thing itself heard in changing relationship to itself. - from Reynolds' liner notes



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Reynolds compositions on disc:

The Dream of Infinite Rooms (1986, cello, orchestra, and tape)

Other works on disc:

What the Monster Saw (1987) by Libby Larsen
LON/dons (1989) by Salvatore Martirano
London Serenade (1988) by Bernard Rands

Bruce Millard, Christina Thoburn, and Jan C. Snow in English


CD title: Sound Encounters
Primary Artist(s): Cleveland Chamber Symphony; Edwin London, music director; Howie Smith, saxophone; Regina Mushabac, cello
Label: GM Recordings
Dates of recording: 1989-90
Recording: John A. Charillo

About:

The Dream of Infinite Rooms (1986), for solo cello, orchestra and computer-processed sound on tape, explores the metaphors of dreams - remote, inscrutable and unrecoverable in life, but, perhaps, capturable in music. The solo cellist (the dreamer) - in this recording Regina Mushabac - initiates the work with fragmentary proposals, seeding the dreams to follow. The orchestra enters with the first of several "rooms" within which the cellist's materials elongate and flower. The innermost room (remote and fanciful) is manifested by the tape, and after this interlude of computer sound, the previous orchestral "rooms" return, varied and in reverse order. The cellist-dreamer takes a more expansive role after the deepest recesses of the dream, and the orchestra's influence wanes. As the dreamed subjects fade, a more reflective and lyric mood ensues, though the orchestra interjects an occasional evocation of the earlier worlds of sleep.

- from Reynolds' liner notes


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Double Concerto
Prometheus
Mutterings
Not Only Night


title: SONOR Ensemble
Primary Artist(s): SONOR: Ensemble of the University of California, San Diego; Carol Plantamura, solo soprano; Aleck Karis, piano & piano solo; Steven Schick, solo percussion
Label: Composers Recording, Inc


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Reynolds compositions on disc:

The Palace (Voicespace IV) (1980, baritone and tape)
Eclipse (Voicespace III) (1979, tape)
Still (Voicespace I) (1975, tape)

Roger Reynolds in English


CD title: Roger Reynolds / Voicespace
Primary Artist(s): Philip Larson, baritone
Label: Lovely Music
Dates of recording: 1975, 1979, 1980
Recording: Kip Sheeline, Charles Seagrave, Roger Reynolds
Editing: Josef Kucera

About:

Voices, language and space... they interested me even in the early 60s when I wrote The Emperor of Ice Cream for the ONCE Festivals in Ann Arbor. Since each of us knows so much about the behavior of the voice - intimate endearments, rage at a distance - it is an ideal vehicle for auditory spatial illusions (all the more when in the service of language and its powers of invocation). In the early 70s, at the Center for Music Experiment in La Jolla, I heard daily rehearsals of the Extended Vocal Techniques Ensemble as they perturbed vocal norms. Evenings, I read my daughter to sleep trying to capture, for each character in the story, an individual and consistent vocal behavior. She was a demanding critic, and stimulated a good deal of nocturnal reflection about vocal identity. Electronics, at first analogue, later digital systems, offered rather precise control over auditory space (a particular sound's size, location, distance, the character of the host space in which it was heard). I sought spare but evocative texts and tried to conjure up unfamiliar yet appropriate vocal behaviors with which to present them. The five works in the series thus far share a concern with the potential of auditory spatial imaging: this is a subject still only tentatively broached. They attempt to create a personal theater through the mind's ear. Yet they are distinct. Three of them are presented here.

-from the liner notes


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The Ivanov Suite Versions/Stages


Mark Swed in English


CD title: Roger Reynolds: Electroacoustic Music
Primary Artist(s):
Label: New World Records
Dates of recording: 1988-91
Recording: Josef Kucera
Editing: Josef Kucera

About:


What makes Reynolds's music rich and interesting is that the various wings of his musical house are not entirely compartmentalized. Even at his most experimental, as in Versions/Stages, Reynolds retains a grounding in the world of concert music. Unwilling to give up what he calls the vitality of natural sound, he uses the computer as a means to explore in depth the properties and hidden beauties of the sound of a wave or a flutist breathing into her instrument. That hypersensuality of sound often finds a visceral equivalent in both Reynolds's concert and theater music, just as his theatrical side can enliven the experiments. Moreover, both formal abstraction and a frequent underriding poetic content ... characterize nearly all of Reynolds's diverse musical productions. On this program, for instance, bits of experimental music find their way into the theater while concert excerpts are fodder for the computer lab.



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Reynolds compositions on disc:

Whispers Out of Time (1988, string orchestra)
Transfigured Wind II (1983, flute, orchestra, and tape)

Kyle Gann in English


CD title: Roger Reynolds: Whispers out of Time/Transfigured Wind II
Primary Artist(s): The San Diego Symphony Ensemble; members of SONOR; John Fonville, flute
Label: New World Records
Dates of recording: 1989
Recording: Josef Kucera, Tim Labor, Michael Laughbaum, Joseph Magee, Fred Vogler, Ronald Quillin
Editing: Josef Kucera

About:

On Reynold's music:
Few composers can match Reynolds for technological sophistication. Of those who come close, no others have written such human, ear-conscious music.

- from the liner notes


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Scritto
Interphone
Roundelay
Chreode I
VOX-5
The Vanity of Words


CD title: Computer Music Currents 4
Primary Artist(s):
Label: Wergo Records


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Grosse Fuge Op. 133
Quartet No.3
Quartet 1931
Coconino...a shattered landscape
Tetras


CD title: Arditti String Quartet
Primary Artist(s):
Label: Gramavision


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Less Than Two Aether



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LP title: Distant Images Less than Two, Aether
Primary Artist(s): Sonor (Delores Stevens, Jean-Charles François, pianos; Daryl Pratt, Daniel Dunbar, percussion) János Négyesy, violin; Cecil Lytle, piano
Label: Lovely Music

Recording: Josef Kucera


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...the serpent-snapping eye
Coyote
Variations on a Theme by Davidovsky


LP title: The Serpent-Snapping Eye
Primary Artist(s): Edwin Harkins, trumpet; Daryl Pratt, percussion; Cecil Lytle, piano
Label: Composers Recording, Inc.