Claude Baker, Baker: The Glass Bead Game (Awaking The Winds/ Shadows) (Saint Louis Symphony/ Leonard Slatkin/ Hans Vonk) (Naxos: 8.559642),
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Claude Baker is a much-honored composer whose music is alive with connections and inter-related ideas. The Glass Bead Game
feasts on dreamlike associations and, through deliberately invoking other composers' music, thrilling collage. Awaking the Winds
is, by contrast, 'absolute' music, and in a resonant single-movement structure. The haiku is explored in Shadows
in which parallels between written texts and music are accomplished with great refinement and poignancy. Inspired by Walt Whitman's poetry, The Mystic Trumpeter
offers a commentary that includes musical quotation and deft tone-painting.