Elliott Carter was described by Aaron Copland as "One of America's most distinguished creative artists in any field."
He was born in New York in 1908 and studied first at Harvard and then in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. Chris Gendall talks about Carter's place in American music history and explores his compositional techniques.
CARTER: Symphonia Sum Fluxae Pretium Spei - BBC SO/ Oliver Knussen (DG 459 660)
CARTER: Double Concerto - Paul Jacobs (hpschd), Gilbert Kalish (pno), Contemporary Chamber Ensemble/ Arthur Weisberg (Nonesuch 510893)
CARTER: String Quartet No 4, mvt 2 - Juilliard String Quartet (S2K 47229)
CARTER: 90+ - Ursula Oppens (pno) (Cedille CDR 90000 108)
CARTER: Anaphora from A mirror on which to dwell - Christine Schadeberg (sop), Speculum musicae (Bridge 9014)
CARTER: Asko Concerto - Netherland Radio CO/ Peter Eötvös (ECM 1817)
CARTER: Clarinet Concerto - Michael Collins (cl), London Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen (DG 459 660)
CARTER: Concerto for Orchestra - London Sinfonietta/ Oliver Knussen (Virgin VC 7 91503)