Martian Gardens Episode 953

Martian Gardens Episode 953
Recorded at Max’s home studio,
Amherst, Massachusetts
November 1-2, 2018
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Hour 1

Hector Berlioz: Dream of a Sabbath Night (Symphonie Fantastique Mvt. V)
Symphonie Fantastique
Musikfest/1990 (orig. Polydor LP/1972)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor: Herbert Von Karajan; composition year: 1830; time: 10:28

Mathew Rosenblum: Lament/Witches’ Sabbath
Lament/Witches’ Sabbath
New Focus Recordings/2018
(for B-flat clarinet and orchestra); clarinet soloist: David Krakauer; Boston Modern Orchestra Project, conductor: Gil Rose; percussion: Lisa Pegher; Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, director: Kevin Noe; soprano: Lindsay Kesselman; FLUX Quartet; Mantra Percussion; recorded at Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, January 24, 2018; U.S. Premiere: Beyond Festival Orchestra (Rose/Krakauer), Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival, Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, January 11, 2018; composition year: 2017; time: 23:10

Dennis Báthory-Kitsz: Act III from Erzsébet
a. Act III – Prelude (0:16)
b. Scene I – Ilona, Thurzo, and Paul (2:11)
c. Scene II – The Mirrors (9:18)

Erzsébet — A Monodrama (The Blood Countess Saga)
vocals: Lisa Jablow, as Erzsébet; Vermont Contemporary Ensemble, director: Steven Klimowski; recorded at the Haybarn Theater, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont; October 2011; composition years: 1987-2011; total selections time: 12:50

Henning Christiansen:  reality is a ghost in my mind (cruelty & terror)
Ghosts and Monsters (various artists)
Technology and Personality in Contemporary Music
Leonardo Music Journal CD Series Volume 8

Electronic Music Foundation/1998
(electronic music on tape); recorded in Denmark, May 7, 1998; composition years: 1986-1998; time: 5:45

Clara Rockmore: Midnight Bells (R. Heuberger)
Clara Rockmore’s Lost Theremin Album (various composers)
Bridge Records/2006
theremin: Clara Rockmore; piano: Nadia Reisenberg; recorded at Producers Recording Studio, New York City, July 1975; composer: Richard Heuberger; arr. Fritz Kreisler; composition year: 1898 (for Der Opernball); time: 3:48

Hour 2

Alvin Curran: Crystal Psalms, Part 1
Crystal Psalms
New Albion Records/1994
(for large ensembles, choirs, and pre-recorded sounds) an homage to Kristallnacht, a concert performed by seven European radio stations, October 20, 1988; remixed by Alvin Curran, 1991; time: 24:00

Lansing McLoskey: selections from Zealot Canticles
VIII. I shall place nettles on my tongue (2:10)
IX. Seek havens of peace (8:05)

Zealot Canticles — An Oratorio for Tolerance
Innova Recordings/2018
The Crossing choral ensemble, director: Donald Nally; texts, commentary: Wole Soyinka; recorded St. Peter’s Church in the Great Valley, Malvern, Pennsylvania, March 17-18, 2017; composition year: 2016; total selections time: 10:15

Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble: From the Grammar of Dreams I-V (K. Saariaho)
a. From the Grammar of Dreams I (2:16)
b. From the Grammar of Dreams II (1:32)
c. From the Grammar of Dreams III (1:44)
d. From the Grammar of Dreams IV (1:47)
e. From the Grammar of Dreams V (1:34)

New Focus Recordings/2016
Quince CVE (Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Kayleigh Butcher, Liz Pearse, Carrie Henneman Shaw); texts: Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar; Paralytic); recorded at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, January 2016; composer: Kaija Saariaho; composition year: 1988; total time: 8:53

Morton Subotnick: And the Butterflies Begin to Sing (selections)
Part II — Phantoms Dancing
a. Sometimes Naked (5:45)
b. Sometimes Dressed in Thin Jets of Fire (3:51)*
c. They cause the geysers to spurt with the probability of the vanity of the dead (1:42)
from Part IV — Images Will Descent to the Ground
d. Truth will remain simple, and gigantic wheels will ride bitter waves (1:13)**

And the Butterflies Begin to Sing
New World Records/1997
electronics, computer, MIDI keyboard: Morton Subotnick;  The Amernet String Quartet (violins: Kyoko Kashiwagi, Marcia Littley de Arias; viola: Malcolm Johnson; cello: Javier Arias-Flores); recorded at Corbett Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio; composition year: 1988; time: 5:45
*Not included on WXOJ Version
** Included only on the Global Community Radio version

Hour 3

Wendy Carlos: Title Music from A Clockwork Orange (H. Purcell)
A Clockwork Orange Complete Original Score
East Side Digital/2000 (orig. Columbia LP/1972)
synthesizers: Wendy Carlos, Rachel Elkind; production: Rachel Elkind; composer: Henry Purcell (Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary), arr. Wendy Carlos; composition year: 1690; time: 2:20

Steven Stucky: Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary (H. Purcell)
Music for Wind Ensemble
Albany Records/1997
Baylor University Wind Ensemble, conductor: Michael Haithcock; composer: Henry Purcell; arr. Steven Stucky; recorded at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, November 16, 1996; composition year: 1690; time: 8:20

Gloria Cheng: Debussy Window (M. Small)
Garlands for Steven Stucky (various composers)
Bridge Records/2018
piano: Gloria Cheng; recorded at the Ostin Music Center, Herb Alpert School of Music, UCLA, November 17-20, 2017; composer: Michael Small; composition year: 2017; time: 1:43

Kathleen Supové: What Remains of a Rembrandt? (R. Woolf)
The Debussy Effect (various composers)
New Focus Recordings/2016
piano: Kathleen Supové; recorded at Hagman Hall, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury; composer: Randall Woolf; composition year: 2011; time: 17:25
*Brief explanation of the title in this review.

Iannis Xenakis: Nomos Gamma
Orchestral Works
Mode Records/2017
(for 98 musicians dispersed among the public); The Residentie Orkest The Hague, conductor: Arturo Tamayo; recorded at The Holland Festival, Amsterdam, 2011; composition years: 1965-1966; time: 19:57

Iannis Xenakis: Concret PH
Electronic Music
electroacoustic music (sound source: burning charcoal); created for the Philips Pavilion under the direction of Le Corbusier, Expo ’58, Brussels, composition year: 1958; time: 2:42

Mary Lee Roberts: Bird (from White Writing)*
Open Space 9 — Mary Lee Roberts — 6 Compositions
Open Space/1997
computer-generated sound: Mary Lee Roberts; composition year: 1997; time: 1:51
*Not included on WXOJ version

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