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Stephen Montague - Southern Lament

Stephen Montague - Southern Lament-Piano
ID: NMCD118 (EAN: 5023363011822)  | 1 CD | DDD
Publi: 2006
MEAD, Philip (piano) | RUFFER, Nancy (flute)
Elysian Quartet | London Sousa Band
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This collection of Stephen Montague's music for piano explores his roots in the Southern USA - including spirituals such as Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen - and the legacy of American experimental composers such as Charles Ives and John Cage with wit and energy. Pianist Philip Mead (also heard on Lucifer) is joined by singer Monica Acosta, flautist Nancy Ruffer, the Elysian Quartet, the London Sousa Band, and the composer himself on electronics and piano.

This recording was made with funding from the Research Committee of the Faculty of the Arts at Thames Valley University.
MONTAGUE, Stephen (b. 1943) 
1. Philip Mead, piano Southern Lament: John Henry9:48 
2. Philip Mead, piano/ Monica Acosta, voice Southern Lament: Nobody Knows the Troubles I've Seen7:38 
3. Philip Mead, piano Midnight Sun2:44 
4. Philip Mead, piano/ Elysian Quartet Chorale for a Millennium Sunset1:46 
5. Philip Mead, piano/ Stephen Montague, electronics Headless Horseman1:58 
6. Philip Mead, piano Thanksgiving Hymn6:02 
7. Philip Mead, piano/ Stephen Montague, electronics A Crippled Ghost at Halloween4:03 
8. Philip Mead, piano/ Elysian Quartet Beyond the Milky Way1:07 
9. Stephen Montague, piano Dagger Dance1:06 
10. Philip Mead, piano Paramell Va7:48 
11. Philip Mead, piano/ Stephen Montague, electronics Haiku13:28 
12. Philip Mead, piano Night Frost Settles on a Pumpkin2:00 
13. Stephen Montague, piano Something's in Grandma's Attic2:00 
14. Stephen Montague, prepared piano For Merce C. at the Barbican3:09 
15. Philip Mead, piano/ Elysian Quartet/ Nancy Ruffer, flute After Ives...: What a Friend We Have in Jesus4:35 
16. Philip Mead, piano After Ives...: Songs of Childhood2:44 
17. Philip Mead, piano/ Elysian Quartet/ Nancy Ruffer, flute/ Stephen Montague, electronics After Ives...: Wayfaring Stranger3:20 
18. Philip Mead, piano/ Elysian Quartet/ Nancy Ruffer, flute/ London Sousa Band After Ives...: Forever J.P.S.3:43 


"Southern Lament flags up the 1997 soundscape charting the American Deep South as distilled in its ballads and spirituals. A deconstruction as gritty as coarse sandpaper, as tender as a powerfully imagined lament. The other big work is "After Ives...", a salute from one maverick to another that contrives a hoe-down for the end of time amid a deal of gleeful ambiguity... Philip Mead, a longtime collaborator with Montague, sweeps all before him. Formidable pianism, ear-stretching music ."
BBC Music Magazine, 2006


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