New Music with Guitar, Volume 6
David Starobin, guitar
"No one has done more to champion guitar music by contemporary composers than the brilliant guitarist and co-founder of Bridge Records, David Starobin."
David Starobin is the virtuoso of the contemporary classical guitar. Over the past 20 years or so around 300 pieces have been written for him, and he's recorded quite a few of them in the 'New Music with Guitar' series on his own Bridge label, of which this is the sixth volume... (It) includes Joshua Variations, by Starobin's brother Michael, a charming set of miniatures portraying a day in the life of a new-born baby. Charm is in fact the key-note of the disc; Whatever the style, Starobin's playing is a joy; agile, expressive, and always golden-toned."
—BBC Music Magazine (December, 2004)
David Starobin's award-winning "New Music with Guitar" series continues with the release of Volume Six. This CD includes solo and chamber works written between 1992 and 2000, performed by Grammy-nominated guitar virtuoso David Starobin, backed by Pulitzer prize-winning composer/percussionist George Crumb and Speculum Musicae. The disc features guitar solos by Gunther Schuller, Michael Starobin, Richard Wernick, Melinda Wagner, David Liptak, and Paul Lansky--all in premiere recordings. Volume Six also contains George Crumb's "Mundus Canis"--with the composer performing (and whispering and yelling) on percussion. Starobin and Crumb have toured throughout the USA and Europe with this series of "dog portraits" delighting audiences and critics with these five humoresques. To conclude the disc, Elliott Carter's fantastically inventive sextet, "Luimen" is performed by Speculum Musicae, New York City's virtuoso new music band. London's "Classical Guitar" magazine says of David Starobin: "First and foremost there is the incredible David Starobin. His contribution has been invaluable, without price, impossible to estimate. If there were an award for the player most likely to further the cause of the guitar in the musical mainstream, we would be inclined to nominate David Starobin"
Joshua Variations (solo guitar)
Mundus Canis (guitar and percussion)
George Crumb, percussion
Forlane (solo guitar)
Arabesque (solo guitar)
Trochaic Trot (solo guitar)
Fantasy-Suite (solo guitar)
Shameless Sarabande (solo guitar)
(trumpet, trombone, harp, mandolin, guitar and vibraphone)
William Purvis, conductor
(Raymond Mase, trumpet; Michael Powell, trombone; June Han, harp; William Anderson, mandolin, David Starobin, guitar; Pablo Rieppi, vibraphone)