Lukas Foss - GEOD - 20th Century Classical - LP

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Lukas Foss - GEOD

Label: Candide
Catalog#: CE 31042
Format: Vinyl, LP
Record: VG++ - Mint
Cover: VG++, slightest cornerwear, light ringwear
Includes insert with liner notes by the composer.
Country: US
Released: 1970
Genre: Classical
Style: Modern, Contemporary


A GEOD (Beginning) 18:34

B GEOD (Conclusion) 17:56

Composed By, Conductor, Liner Notes - Lukas Foss
Orchestra - Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Composed in 1969.
Recorded under a subsidy of the American International Music Fund.
Recorded with Dolby S/N stretcher.

The music of Lukas Foss is rarely heard in the United Kingdom. Even in his ‘native’ America (he was born in Berlin and moved to the States in 1937), not many of his pieces are played on a regular basis, with the exceptions of the early Three American Pieces (1944) and Capriccio (1946). These are nice pieces, and certainly deserved to be played. But his best works – the glorious, Coplandesque secular cantata The Prairie (1938); the achingly lyrical second solo biblical cantatas Song of Songs (1946); the spiky and yet sumptuous Time Cycle (1960); the riotously imaginative Baroque Variations (1968); the complex, semi-aleatoric Echoi (1963), Cello Concert (1966) and Non-Improvisation (1967); the dramatic and ironic American Cantata (1975); the strange, out-of-this-worldly Elytres (1964), The Fragments of Archilochos (1965), Geod (1969) and Quintets for Orchestra (1979); the minimalistic Solo (1981) and Solo Observed (1982); the poetic Three Airs for Frank O’Hara’s Angel (1972) and Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (1978), the playful Tashi (1986); an outstanding quartet of concerti writing in 1980s and 1990s – Renaissance Concerto (1986), Clarinet Concerto (1988), American Landscapes (1989) and Concerto for the Left Hand (1995) – are seldom played.

Lukas Foss has long shown remarkable facility in absorbing, or rather imitating, the techniques of the new music. For GEOD the orchestra is divided into four groups, each with its own conductor and each with its own material—overlapping string clusters, overlapping chords for brass, and, for Group 4, twelve folk songs, one starting on each note of the chromatic scale. All this is improvised on in a rather strictly delimited way, the whole allegedly being unified—one doesn't hear it as a unity—by a 132-note row in a manner which I have no intention of attempting to describe here. Various textures characteristic of each group are produced which a fifth conductor, in charge of the whole, mixes together, cueing the different ensembles in and out as required. For the purposes of this record he was replaced by the sound mixer in the recording studio—Foss himself.
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