Ab Nou Cor

Description: 
Neo-Medieval Psychedelia
Composers: 
Frank Brickle
Performers: 
Cygnus Ensemble
Catalog Number: 
#329
Genre: 
new classical
Collection: 
Furious Artisans
audiophile
chamber
guitar
solo voice
piano
Location: 

Mount Vernon, NY

UPC: 
726708632922
Release Date: 
Oct 25, 2011
Format: 
Digital Only
Ab Nou CoriTunes Artist's PageiTunes Album Page
Song TitleTimePrice
1.Farai un vers07:57$0.99
2.Ab Nou Cor01:59$0.99
3.The creation13:20$-1
4.Midnight Round04:44$0.99
5.Berceuse elegiaque, Op. 42 (arr. F. Brickle)07:39$0.99
6.In medias res01:52$0.99
7.Genius loci01:26$0.99
8.Sederunt principles (arr. F. Brickle)09:16$0.99
9.Merlin I06:58$0.99
10.Denk es, o Seele!01:58$0.99

Ab Nou Cor

One Sheet: 

The debut release from 2010 NEA Artistic Excellence Award-winning composer Frank Brickle on Furious Artisans. Ab nou cor features works written for & performed by critically acclaimed Cygnus Ensemble, joined by sopranos Haleh Abghari & Elizabeth Farnum.

Brickle seduces listeners with luscious harmonies and a deft melodic sense. A master of vocal writing, he elicits a multitude of sharply etched vocal personae from his two singers, Haleh Abghari and Elizabeth Farnum. In The Creation, Abghari, as God, lovingly sings of the creation's bounty of forms,day by day, culminating on the 4th and 5th days with a deeply moving kind of bluesey American weltschmertz. The mystery play continues with the angels, Lucifer, and his fall, as Abghari becomes the irresistable embodiment of a boy soprano, a loveable little solipsist who eventually gets his comeuppance. Elizabeth Farnum opens the recording with Farai un vers, Brickle's setting of a famous and famously enigmatic poem by Guillaume D'Aquitaine, the "first troubadour," set in its original language, Occitan. Farnum shakes the rafters with her jaunty-slapstick-cabaret delivery - Edif Piaf & Lotte Lehmann meet Rosemary Clooney and the Andrews sisters. The CD also includes several exquisite little miniatures. Among them are Genius Loci, for mandolin and guitar, a bizarre little newgrass aria; and Midnight Round, for four electric guitars, a psychedelic riff on the Thelonious Monk tune, Round Midnight. Rounding out the album are two transcriptions for the Cygnus "broken consort": a fin-de-siecle gem by Busoni, and an 11th century masterpiece by Perotin.