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Mccann, Sean / Music For Private Ensemble
Album:Music For Private Ensemble Collection:General
Artist:Mccann, Sean Added:07/2013
Label:Recital Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2013-07-21 Pull Date:2013-09-22 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:22 Sep25 Aug18 Aug28 Jul

 Recent Airplay
1.Sep 19, 2013:Space House
Character Change
4.Aug 14, 2013:minimum entropy
City With All The Angles (For Dick Higgins)
2.Aug 22, 2013:maximum entropy
Character Change
5.Aug 14, 2013:Brownian Motion
Character Change
3.Aug 21, 2013:minimum entropy
Introduction - Reservations, An Exchange Of Courtesies, Pts 1 & 2
6.Jul 25, 2013:The Proselytizer Radio News Hour
Introduction - Reservations, An Exchange Of Courtesies, Pts 1 & 2

Album Review
Adam Pearson
Reviewed 2013-07-18 
Instrumental, free chamber experimental, “contemporary classical.” McCann’s first new solo album since 2011's The Capital. It took 17 months to finish, combines composition and improv, and features a more acoustic set of instrumentation (violin, viola, cello, flute, piano, glockenspiel) and grand approach than McCann’s synth/tape/fuzz/effects/field recordings ambient/drone/folk/noise work. Meticulously multi-tracked. the sound here is orchestral, somber, soothing. It’s not classical - it’s dense, free, flighty, loose, there isn’t much repetition, and it’s ever-interested in texture. RIYL: Gavin Bryars, Brian McBride (of Stars of the Lid), Monopoly Child Star Searchers, McCann’s work with Matthew Sullivan, All brilliant. No FCCs.

1. Swirling, calming with resonating cellos, bowed loveliness. There’s a pause around 5:50 in before the second movement starts. (12:21)
*2. Shimmering, sprightly keys, percussion. (7:29)
*3. Some oddball coconut banging percussion before aching streaks of stringed, melodic beauty. (10:30)
4. Vocalist Kayla Cohen (Itasca) guests. McCann layers her voice to sound like a choir. Calming, subtle, aching. (8:23)

Track Listing
1.Introduction - Reservations, An Exchange Of Courtesies, Pts 1 & 2 3.City With All The Angles (For Dick Higgins)
2.Character Change 4.Conclusion - Our Days Of Generosity Are Over, Arden