- 01. Southern Lament: John Henry9'48"
- 02. Southern Lament: Nobody Knows the Troubles I've Seen7'38"
- 03. Midnight Sun2'44"
- 04. Chorale for a Millennium Sunset1'46"
- 05. Headless Horseman1'58"
- 06. Thanksgiving Hymn6'02"
- 07. A Crippled Ghost at Halloween4'03"
- 08. Beyond the Milky Way1'07"
- 09. Dagger Dance1'06"
- 10. Paramell Va7'48"
- 11. Haiku13'28"
- 12. Night Frost Settles on a Pumpkin2'028"
- 13. Something's in Grandma's Attic2'028"
- 14. For Merce C. at the Barbican3'09"
- 15. After Ives...: What a Friend We Have in Jesus4'35"
- 16. After Ives...: Songs of Childhood2'44"
- 17. After Ives...: Wayfaring Stranger3'20"
- 18. After Ives...: Forever J.P.S.3'43"
This collection of Stephen Montague's music for piano explores his roots in the Southern USA - including spirituals such as Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen - and the legacy of American experimental composers such as Charles Ives and John Cage with wit and energy. Pianist Philip Mead (also heard on Lucifer) is joined by singer Monica Acosta, flautist Nancy Ruffer, the Elysian Quartet, the London Sousa Band, and the composer himself on electronics and piano.
Philip Mead piano
Monica Acosta voice
Nancy Ruffer flute
London Sousa Band
Stephen Montague piano/ electronics
This recording was made with funding from the Research Committee of the Faculty of the Arts at Thames Valley University.
"A consistently enjoyable portrait of a composer who knows how to focus his appeal. Terrific performances from Philip Mead, all well recorded."
"Why we like it: The haunting title piece plays off the composer's upbringing in Florida in the 1950s and '60s by reworking folk tunes John Henry and Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen. Paramell Va has great hard-driving piano. For Merce C at the Barbican is a tribute to choreographer Merce Cunningham.
Reminds us of: John Cage
Download these: After Ives, Paramell Va
St Petersburg Times, Florida
"Southern Lament flags up the 1997 soundscape charting the American Deep South as distilled in its ballads and spirituals. A deconstruction as gritty as coarse sandpaper, as tender as a powerfully imagined lament. The other big work is "After Ives...", a salute from one maverick to another that contrives a hoe-down for the end of time amid a deal of gleeful ambiguity... Philip Mead, a longtime collaborator with Montague, sweeps all before him. Formidable pianism, ear-stretching music."
BBC Music Magazine, 2006
Recording date: 25 May and 19 December 2003; 30 August and 16 October 2005
Recording venue: Vestry Hall, London College of Music and Media
Engineer/ Producer: Iain Hodge
Cover image: Julian Montague
(P) 2006 NMC Recordings Ltd