Elliott Carter

Twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, first composer to receive the United States National Medal of Arts, one of the few composers ever awarded Germany's Ernst Von Siemens Music Prize, and in 1988 made "Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the Government of France, Elliott Carter is internationally recognized as one of the leading American voices of the classical music tradition. He recently received the Prince Pierre Foundation Music Award, bestowed by the Principality of Monaco, and is one of only a handful of living composers elected to the Classical Music Hall of Fame.

First encouraged toward a musical career by his friend and mentor Charles Ives, Carter was recognized by the Pulitzer Prize Committee for the first time in 1960 for his groundbreaking String Quartet No. 2. Stravinsky hailed Carter's Double Concerto for harpsichord, piano, and two chamber orchestras (1961) and Piano Concerto (1967), as "masterpieces." While he spent much of the 1960s working on just two works, the Piano Concerto and Concerto for Orchestra (1969), the breakthroughs he achieved in those pieces led to an artistic resurgence that gathered momentum in the decades that followed. Indeed, one of the extraordinary features of Carter's career is his astonishing productivity and creative vitality as he embarks on his eleventh decade.

Of his creative output exceeding 130 works, Carter composed more than 40 pieces in the past decade alone. This astonishing late-career creative burst has resulted in a number of brief solo and chamber works, as well as major essays such as Asko Concerto (2000) for Holland's ASKO Ensemble. Some chamber works include the playfully humorous Mosaic (2004), Two Thoughts About the Piano (2005-06), now widely toured by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and In the Distances of Sleep (2006), for mezzo soprano and ensemble. Carter continues to show his mastery in larger forms as well, with major contributions such as What Next? (1998), a witty first opera premiered in both Berlin and New York City, Boston Concerto (2002), Three Illusions for Orchestra (2004), called by the Boston Globe surprising, inevitable, and vividly orchestrated, Horn Concerto (2006), and a piano concerto, Interventions (2008), which premiered on Carter's 100th birthday concert at Carnegie Hall with James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra (December 11, 2008).
Carter's centenary celebrations continue this season with more than 600 performances of his works scheduled around the globe. Source: www.boosey.com

A long interview.

Year / Artwork Title Importance Medium
1942 Three Poems of Robert Frost 4.0 stars CD
Comments:
Lucy Shelton - Soprano
John Constable - Piano

1943 Warble fot Lilac-time 4.0 stars CD
Comments:
Lucy Shelton - Soprano
John Constable - Piano

1943 Voyage 4.0 stars CD
Comments:
Lucy Shelton - Soprano
John Constable - Piano

1947 A Fantasy about Purcell's Fantasia upon One Note 4.0 stars CD
Comments:
The London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble cond. Christopher Larkin

1951 String Quartet No 1 4.0 stars LP
Carter String Quartet 1 Comments:
The Composers Quartet

1952 Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello and Harpsichord 4.0 stars LP
Carter Sonata Comments:
Members of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players

1959 String Quartet No 2 4.0 stars LP
Carter string quartet 2 Comments:
The Composers Quartet
1964-1965 Piano Concerto 4.0 stars LP
Piano concerto Comments:
Jacob Lateiner - Piano

Boston Symhony Orchestra cond. Erich Leinsdorf

1969 Concerto for Orchestra 4.0 stars CD
Comments:
London Sinfonietta cond. Oliver Knussen

1971 Canon for Three Equal Instruments, In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky 4.0 stars CD
Piano concerto Comments:

Leipziger Streichquartett

1975 A Mirror on Which to Dwell 4.0 stars CD
Comments:

Phiyllis Bryn-Jones - Vocal
Paris Ensemble InterContemporain cond. Pierre Boulez

1985 Penthode 4.0 stars CD
Comments:

Paris Ensemble InterContemporain cond. Pierre Boulez

1986-1987 Oboe Concerto 4.0 stars CD
Comments:

Heinz Holliger - Oboe
Paris Ensemble InterContemporain cond. Pierre Boulez

1987 Esprit Rude / Esprit Doux, for Flute and Clarinet 4.0 stars CD
Comments:

Sophie Cherrier - Flute
André Trouttet - Clarinet

1986-1989 Three Occasions for Orchestra 4.0 stars CD
Comments:
London Sinfonietta cond. Oliver Knussen

1989 Violin Concerto 4.0 stars CD
Comments:

Ole Boehn - Violin
London Sinfonietta cond. Oliver Knussen

1994 Of Challange and od Love 4.0 stars CD
Comments:
5 poems by John Hollander

Lucy Shelton - Soprano
John Constable - Piano