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The alternative Schubertiade
Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828.
Publication Information:
New York : CRI, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (62 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Principally electronic music, in part with instruments and/or voices, inspired or based on works of Schubert; "homages, deconstructions and reinventions"--container.

Compact disc.

Biographical and program notes by Kyle Gann and the composers, and vocal text of the 4th work with English translation (19 p. : port.) inserted in container.
Impromptu in E♭ major, arr. Minsky Popolov / Nick Didkovsky (4:38) -- Cram jin quotient / Annie Gosfield (7:42) -- Franz in the underworld / Phil Kline (4:11) -- Fremd zieh' ich wieder aus / Jon Bepler (7:25) -- Sighted sub, sank same / Roger Kleier (5:03) -- Fishy wishy / Kitty Brazelton (6:41) -- Thought you said Sherbert / David First (9:02) -- Das Morgenholz / Gordon Minette (4:09) -- Shoebird / D.J. Firehorse (4:20) -- URWhatU8 / John Myers (8:13)
Format :
Music CD


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1997 marked the 100th anniversary of Franz Schubert's death. All around the world, schubertiades took place in various forms. The contemporary classical label CRI contributed to the commemoration by inviting a handful of more experimental composers (mainly taken from their Emergency Music roaster) to revisit and reinterpret Schubert. A concert was organized by Phil Kline on September 12, 1997, and the best results are featured The Alternative Schubertiade. For a theme album, this one holds the road very well. Schubert's music is used as inspiration, sound source or simply as a starting point. Nick Didkovsky tampers with the "Impromptu in Eb Major" by adding computer-analyzed performance statistics. Phil Kline sees a journey into the underworld behind a trill of the "Bb Major Piano Sonata." Roger Kleier creates a soundscape with a fragment of a melody taken from the "Ninth Symphony." But the most surprising results are David First's treatment of nine measures from "Gretchen am Spinnrade" and the very moving "URWhatU8," an interpretation of the "Unfinished Symphony" on guitar (electric)s by John Myers. Of the meeting between old and new comes a fascinating collection of works. ~ François Couture