Composer-Critics of the New York Herald TribunePAUL BOWLES (1910-1999): Music for a Farce (David Glazer [clarinet], Herbert C. Mueller [trumpet], Elden C. Bailey [percussion], William Masselos [piano]), PEGGY GLANVILLE-HICKS (1912-1990): Sonata for Piano and Percussion (Carlo Bussotti [piano], New York Percussion group; Carlos Surinach), VIRGIL THOMSON (1896-1989): Capital Capitals (Joseph Crawford, Clyde S. Turner [tenors], Joseph James [baritone], William C. Smith [bass], Virgil Thomson [piano]), LOU HARRISON (1917-2003): Suite for Cello and Harp (Seymour Barab [cello], Lucille Lawrence [harp]), JOHN CAGE (1912-1992): String Quartet in Four Parts (New Music String Quartet).
Catalogue Number: 06S065
Label: Other Minds
Reference: OM 1024-2
Description: This lavishly produced release revives six works released on LPs in Columbia Records’ “Modern American Music Series” back in the mid-1950s. The glossy 60-page booklet has notes by Charles Amirkhanian on the composers as newspaper critics and on the works themselves (there are also excerpts from the composers’ original LP notes), an 11-page essay “The Paper” and and eight-page essay “The Art of Judging Music”, both by Virgil Thomson, composer bios and original album covers. The Cage is far from unknown but the rest are entertaining rediscoveries, all quite approachable and in excellent mono sound. Original Columbia LP releases 1953-55.