Tiffany Ng – Dark Matters (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Tiffany Ng – Dark Matters (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 56:21 minutes | 837 MB | Genre: Classical
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This carillon recital was performed and recorded in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a small Midwestern U.S. city that is home to no fewer than three carillons, which must be a per-capita record. The carilloneuse (or, as she has it, carillonista) is Tiffany Ng, like composer Stephen Rush, a professor at the University of Michigan. Listeners will be startled by the range of sounds of which the carillon is capable, but what’s heard here isn’t the half of it; Ng has premiered some 60 new works for the instrument. One of Rush’s works, the Six Treatments, includes electronics, and one, the September Fanfares, is for carillon and brass ensemble (it would have been nice to know more about the recording details of this). The rest are for carillon solo, and the lone instrument proves capable of realizing the large range of ideas and programs indicated by the work titles. Even in the Six Treatments, the electronics play only an accompanimental role. In a way, the carillon is first cousin to electronic music (which Rush has also composed); a kind of physical modulation of tone is common to the two, and in the hands of a superb player like Ng, the combinations are endless. An album for anyone who has stopped to contemplate the carillon music heard in the air on a university or church campus.

01. Rush: 3 Etudes: No. 1, Paced, Almost Hurried
02. Rush: 3 Etudes: No. 2, Slowly, Almost Lost
03. Rush: 3 Etudes: No. 3, With Drive
04. Rush: Dark Matters
05. Rush: 6 Treatments: No. 1, First Treatment
06. Rush: 6 Treatments: No. 2, Tilted Waltz
07. Rush: 6 Treatments: No. 3, Cloud Bowls
08. Rush: 6 Treatments: No. 4, River Teeth
09. Rush: 6 Treatments: No. 5, Homage to Ives
10. Rush: 6 Treatments: No. 6, Bolts
11. Rush: Sonata for Carillon: I. Momentum
12. Rush: Sonata for Carillon: II. Flux
13. Rush: Sonata for Carillon: III. Variations on “Holy Manna”
14. Rush: September Fanfares