As part of this season's celebration of its 40th Anniversary, ACE has released a CD recording on Elysium Records of the chamber music of the American composer Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach). The American Chamber Ensemble Plays Peter Schickele (GRK 725) will be released on Saturday, March 12, 2005, in conjunction with ACE's concert at 2 PM that day at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall.
Mr. Schickele is well known for his musical sense of humor, but his enormous catalogue of music includes much chamber music. Peter Schickele will conduct two large works and be involved in the national promotion of the disk through his syndicated Schickele Mix radio program.
This CD celebrates the 40th anniversary of the American Chamber Ensemble's first concert in January 1965. Performed by American Chamber Ensemble core members and special guests, it features Schickele's Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, Monochrome III for 9 clarinets, Divertimento for two clarinets and bassoon, Serenade for Three for violin, clarinet and piano, as well as his Octet for clarinet, bassoon, French horn, 2 violins, viola, cello and bass.
In January 2004, ACE had the honor of working with Mr. Schickele in two recording sessions. Recorded was Monochrome III for 9 clarinets, which was performed at last year's gala music party. Performers included Stanley and Naomi Drucker, Mindy Dragovich, Mitchell Estrin, Jess Gross, Amy Shapiro, Lawrence Sobol, Peter Weinberg and Robert Yamins.
The photo at left is from the sessions and includes (left to right) Naomi Drucker, Lois Martin, Peter Schickele, Braden Toan, Eriko Sato, Eva Conti, Chris Finckel, Deborah Wong and Kurt Muroki.
In preparation for the recording of Octet, Mr. Schickele drove through a blinding snowstorm from Woodstock to Yonkers to attend a rehearsal. He also attended the lengthy recording session in the studio in Soho and, although everyone worked very hard, a good time was had by all.
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