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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Go Here Now, Buy This Thing

Meaning here. Meaning this thing. I just saw an ad for Buywell.com, an Australian classical retail site, in the back of Gramophone magazine, and their catalog boasts some very hot releases on Universal's Australian Eloquence budget series—notably the never-on-CD Final Alice, David Del Tredici's magnum opus (maybe—so few of his large-scale works are available, it's hard to say for sure) and the Peter Pears/Osian Ellis Britten's folk songs with harp, also (astonishingly!) making its debut on CD. Note that these prices, even with shipping to the US, are pretty reasonable. (Full disclosure: my brother studied with David Del Tredici, who said some very nice things about my writing. Also, now that I think of it, I think Final Alice did technically come out on CD in Japan for a short while. That doesn't count.)

6 comments:

Aaron said...

Yes this a classic piece. I'm not sure if it's never been on cd before. I think I've seen one a few years ago. Then again I could be mistaken. It was around the time he did New Music New Haven which, if I must say, was an excellent concert.

Aaron said...

Sorry for he bad grammar. Still recovering from the flu.

minim said...

Thanks for this. I actually hadn't realised that Eloquence was an Australia-only reissue label. I figured they just added in ABC Classics for us :-) If you're ever interested in exploring modern Australian composers via this site, check out the Tall Poppies and ABC Classics catalogues in particular as well as Eloquence... although I find it curious that they have Toru Takemitsu listed under Australian/New Zealand composers. Hmm...

Jack said...

That's great news -- thanks for the heads up. The CD's up on Amazon, too, so looks like it'll have US distribution (releasing in about a week).

Worth noting, too, that Leonard Slatkin and Hila Plitmann are reviving Final Alice with the National Symphony Orchestra in May, and again with the increasingly adventurous Nashville Symphony in February 2009.

Anonymous said...

The original LP was one of the earliest issued in digital back in the 1980's. Most of those recordings were issued in CD when in the mid 80's and then disappeared. I don't believe the shelf life of Final Alice was particularly long. I have been hunting for a copy for a number of years to no avail. The Australian Eloquence is a welcome but I'm not certain it's from the original studio material rather than a "copy" disc similar to what Arkiv is doing now in licensing and reissuing long out of print discs. Can anyone confirm how Eloquence licenses the material and from what source? Thanks guys. . . . duodice, tredici.

Dan Johnson said...

It should be from the sources, I think--Eloquence is just a Universal budget label. I have no idea why Australian Eloquence has a different cover design and a different catalog from Eloquence in Europe and the U.S.A.