Monday, October 31, 2016

George Crumb - Black Angels: Thirteen Images from the Dark Land (Live UK Performance) - The Smith Quartet

In honor of all things "spooky" (the origins of Halloween/Samhain are pretty much neglected by those candy craving, modern-day 60-or-so minute super heroes, ghosts, goblins and pop culture fluffers - can you even imagine how many kids are going out as walking emojis??) I must confess I do miss the days of getting back home and separating the prime confections from the bland and flat-out bad - typically this meant counting and guarding my pile of Reese's peanut butter cups - and resolutely resisting any offers to "trade" with friends less fortunate - those sad souls stuck with sucking candy, bags of peanuts, or any candy with carnauba wax as an ingredient.

ANYway...I know this is a bit of a cliché post as it's October 31st, but here is another version of George Crumb's seminal Black Angels. This is a live performance with an introduction to the piece  as well as brief commentary at the closing. The Smith Quartet play admirably although I am left wanting for (just a few) more shrills - this is really just about the live performance and whatever recording equipment used for this particular part of the program. Trust me this is a very fine "Black Angels" well worth having!

Mr. Crumb

Crumb's scores are most curious & almost as interesting as the music itself!

Enjoy ye spirits of the dark!



lescamil said...

Do you perhaps have the rest of the concert? I would love to hear it!

Horst said...

Beautiful! Thanks for recording and posting this for us.

Tzadik said...

lescamil yes I do, I am posting the rest for you now


Tzadik said...

Hi Horst, you are quite welcome! Thank you for commenting.