Peter Gilbert: The Bold Arch of Undreamt Bridges

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Composer Peter Gilbert's debut full length recording features his ethereal compositions for live instruments and live electronics, and includes performances by flutist Mario Caroli, saxophonist Phillip Staudlin, and the White Rabbit ensemble.

Audio

# Audio Title/Composer(s) Time
Total Time 70:15
01Revealing Distant Cities
Revealing Distant Cities
7:29
02Allen Den Stillen Geschwistern Im Winde Der Wiesen
Allen Den Stillen Geschwistern Im Winde Der Wiesen
17:40
03Meditation
Meditation
4:16
04Elegie
Elegie
18:06
05Passage VI: Final Passage
Passage VI: Final Passage
5:27
06The Bold Arch of Undreamt Bridges
The Bold Arch of Undreamt Bridges
18:48

Composer Peter Gilbert's debut full length recording features his ethereal compositions for live instruments and live electronics, and includes performances by flutist Mario Caroli, saxophonist Phillip Staudlin, and the White Rabbit ensemble. "Precisely somewhere at a point in between stations of the known I find what I am looking for: the act of discovery."
- Peter Gilbert

Producer: Peter Gilbert
Recording engineers: Tony DiBartolo (tr 1, 2, 4, 6), Alan Bise (tr 3)
Recorded at Paine Hall, Harvard University (Tr 1, 2, 4, 6 2005-2008), St. Stanislaus Church, Cleveland, OH (Tr 3 2001)
Mastering Engineer: Ryan Streber
Design: Peter Gilbert
Personnel:
Tr 1- White Rabbit, Eric Hewitt, conductor
Tr 2- Phillip Staudlin, alto saxophone
Tr 3- Orianna Webb, conductor; Jennifer Bleick, flute; Laura Sabo, clarinet; Jeb Wallace, horn; Kirsten Yon, violin; Craig Leffer, cello; Cicilia Yudha, piano
Tr 4- Mario Caroli, flute
Tr 5- Peter Gilbert, electronics
Tr 6- White Rabbit, Eric Hewitt, conductor
White Rabbit is: Jessi Rosinski, flute; Elizabeth England, oboe tr 1; Michael Norsworthy, clarinets; Phillip Staudlin, soprano saxophone tr 6; Michele Keen, bassoon tr 1; Adam Smith, basson tr 6; Sarah Botham, horn tr 1; Fred Sienckiewicz, trumpet tr 1; Mark Emery, trumpet tr 6; Daniel Linden, trombone tr 1; Samuel Solomon, percussion tr 1; Aaron Trant, percussion tr 1; Karl Williams, percussion tr 6; Gabriela Diaz, violin; Kirsten Swanson, violin tr 1; Sarah Darling, viola tr 1; Emily Rowe, viola tr 6; Alexei Gonzales, cello tr 6; Benjamin Schwartz, cello tr 1; Stephen Pfeiffer, bass tr 1


Reviews

American Record Guide

Peter Gilbert's program is filled with the ghosts of sounds. He captures a dark, yet hopeful wonder through variation in color, mood, and the semblance of melodies. Revealing Distant Cities is ethereal, ambient, and benignly haunting like a morning fog on the ocean, but not on the beach. There is always something hidden, just beyond what is happening, that seems to slowly reveal itself but never quite does. Underlying pedals shift and resolutions that should have happened are left hanging in your ear. The distant cities are never revealed, and the piece reaches no climax or real conclusion. Allen den Stillen Geschwistern im Winde der Wiesen has tender, almost hidden electronics that blend well with the soprano saxophone. Elegie is an 18 minute flute solo with electronics altering punctuated motives and augmenting them substantially. The title track, The Bold Arch of Undreamt Bridges takes its name from a quotation of Rainer Maria Rilke. Everything here has the same kind of atmospheric, chromatic language with an absence of extreme dissonance. Resolutions are continually hidden just below the top layer of sound, and slow shifts in color are constantly changing the soundscape gradually.

May/June, 2011

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