Rosenman-Chamber Music No.2 & Kraft-Des Imagistes

24 Jul

This is not exactly “whistle a happy tune” classical music, and it may be a good idea to start with the second piece on this album, the William Kraft composition ‘Des Imagistes’. This piece for percussion and voice is performed around the audience, making it a good choice for quadraphonic sound. Also, the voices move about making it a good example of imaging if your speakers are timed or arranged properly.
From the point of view of quadraphonic history, this is, alas, the only quad album issued by the audiophile label Delos. It’s almost as if their engineers were given a new toy, and quad mixer and encoder, to play with and they went nuts.
After your ears have tuned to the Kraft, you may want to give yourself some time with the Rosenman piece if only to listen to the audio engineering, and who knows this eclectic 20th Century idiom may grow on you.

Release: DS195f

Source: SQ LP

Process: SQ*Final

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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4 Responses to “Rosenman-Chamber Music No.2 & Kraft-Des Imagistes”

  1. OxfordDickie October 2, 2012 at 08:44 #

    No problem, thanks for seeding this long anyway

  2. Pygmy Beat October 2, 2012 at 04:58 #

    I seeded this for ages & there was not one nibble that I could discern. Sorry I need the sapce & will have to drop this one as I need the space.

  3. Pygmy Beat September 24, 2012 at 14:23 #

    I've just listened to this disc O.D. It's been on my to DL list for ages & I fanally squeezed it in between TV eps for my wife.
    You're right – worth the listen for the engineering alone but I actually loved both pieces.
    THANKS HEAPS.

  4. teamster July 26, 2012 at 00:25 #

    I look forward to hearing this. Leonard Rosenman was primarily a film and TV composer, including Rebel Without A Cause, East of Eden, Fantastic Voyage & Star Trek IV. I met him many years ago and he lamented the ignominy of having his music changed by film producers with no music background. He died in 2008. William Kraft is now 89, and is a respected member of the new music community in Los Angeles, where he was principal tympanist and assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

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