Stephen Montague : Southern Lament

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Stephen Montague : Southern Lament

This collection of Stephen Montague's music for piano explores his roots in the Southern USA - including spirituals such as Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen - and the legacy of American experimental composers such as Charles Ives and John Cage with wit and energy. Pianist Philip Mead (also heard on Lucifer) is joined by singer Monica Acosta, flautist Nancy Ruffer, the Elysian Quartet, the London Sousa Band, and the composer himself on electronics and piano.

"Southern Lament flags up the 1997 soundscape charting the American Deep South as distilled in its ballads and spirituals. A deconstruction as gritty as coarse sandpaper, as tender as a powerfully imagined lament. The other big work is "After Ives...", a salute from one maverick to another that contrives a hoe-down for the end of time amid a deal of gleeful ambiguity... Philip Mead, a longtime collaborator with Montague, sweeps all before him. Formidable pianism, ear-stretching music."
BBC Music Magazine 2006

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Track ListingTrack TimeMP3
Southern Lament: John Henry9'48
Southern Lament: Nobody Knows the Troubles I've Seen7'38
Midnight Sun2'44
Chorale for a Millennium Sunset1'44
Headless Horseman1'58
Thanksgiving Hymn6'02
A Crippled Ghost at Halloween4'03
Beyond the Milky Way1'07
Dagger Dance1'06
Paramell Va7'48
Night Frost Settles on a Pumpkin2'00
Something's in Grandma's Attic2'00
For Merce C. at the Barbican3'09
After Ives...: What a Friend We Have in Jesus4'35
After Ives...: Songs of Childhood2'44
After Ives...: Wayfaring Stranger3'20
After Ives...: Forever J.P.S.3'43

Composers on this disc

Stephen Montague