About the album
This first complete recording of Roger Reynolds’ cello works is being released to celebrate the composer’s 80th birthday. This special 2-CD set contains many first recordings. French cellist Alexis Descharmes and Reynolds have a close artistic relationship which led to this composer supervised set. He is joined here by leading French musicians and the Ensemble Court-circuit. The works are interspersed with Roger Reynolds’ effective recitations from texts which influenced the composition of the pieces. Works for cello solo, cello & piano, cello & violin and cello & ensemble are featured.
11Thoughts, Places, Dreams
13?In the Dark? reading of James Merrill
14Focus a beam, emptied of thinking, outward...
21?It was because of evil that the Furies were born?? reading of Aeschylus
22Process and Passion
23?How can I find words?? reading of Aeschylus
24A Crimson Path