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fred: Music by Frederic Rzewski
eighth blackbird
Cedille Records CDR 90000 084

On fred, the celebrated contemporary music sextet performs sparkling works showcasing the broader chromatic palette of an American master best-known for his piano music.

The program is imbued with the composer's eccentric spirit, improvisational surprises, and social conscience: eighth blackbird's propulsive new arrangement of Rzewski's dramatic Coming Together, in which music accompanies the text of a letter by an inmate killed in the Attica prison uprising of 1971; the energetically playful "musical game" Les Moutons de Panurge; and the world premiere recording of Rzewski's inventive Pocket Symphony, written specially for eighth blackbird.

"Eighth Blackbird plays superbly here, and does a brilliant acting job as well." (New York Times)

"eighth blackbird is so good it's dangerous" (Boston Globe)

"the last word in ensemble virtuosity" (
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Click the Cedille Player at the upper left to hear excerpts from the tracks highlighted in red below. These have been carefully chosen as representative of the recording program.


Frederic Rzewski (b. 1938)

Pocket Symphony (2000) (27:38)
1 A (3:40)
2 B (4:43)
3 C (4:07)
4 D (4:38)
5 E (4:08)
6 F (6:12)

7 Les Moutons de Panurge (1969) (11:38)

8 Coming Together (1971) (arr. Matt Albert, 2000/2003) (18:51)

eighth blackbird
Molly Alicia Barth - flutes
Michael J. Maccaferri - clarinets
Matt Albert - violin/narration
Nicholas Photinos - cello
Matthew Duvall - percussion
Lisa Kaplan - piano

Producer & Engineer: Judith Sherman Assistant Engineer & Digital Editing: Bill Maylone Recorded: July 14-17, 2003 (Coming Together and Pocket Symphony) and October 28, 2004 (Les Moutons) at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago Graphic Design: Melanie Germond & Pete Goldlust Front cover photo: The Image Bank (GK Hart / Vikki Hart) Photos of eighth blackbird: McArthur Photography. Interview with Frederic Rzewski recorded June 12, 2004 at Christys Rathskeller in Cincinnati, Ohio, transcribed by Lisa Kaplan Publisher: Pocket Symphony 2000, Les Moutons de Panurge 1969, Coming Together 1971, Sound Pool Music (BMI) Matthew Duvall plays Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments. Molly Barth plays a Lillian Burkart flute and piccolo. Steinway piano Piano Technicians: Charles Terr and William Schwartz