Harry Partch: Plectra and Percussion Dances
2014 Grammy Winner: Best Classical Compendium
2014 Grammy Nominee: Best Chamber Performance
This new recording marks the first complete performance of Harry Partch's major cycle in three parts, Plectra and Percussion Dances. On the original 1953 recording, Castor & Pollux, was missing three movements, and the finale, Even Wild Horses, was missing its tenor saxophone part.
The virtuosi of Partch give us revelatory interpretations of these stunningly original scores. Also included is a 7 minute spoken introduction, given by the composer in 1953 on the occasion of the broadcast premiere of this work.
Plectra and Percussion Dances:
I. Castor & Pollux (A Dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini)
II. Ring Around the Moon (A Dance Fantasm for Here and Now)
III. Even Wild Horses (Dance Music for an Absent Drama)
Performed by Partch
1953 Spoken Introduction by Harry Partch to the live broadcast premiere