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CENTERPORT MILL POND
Harp Quintets by Geoffrey Y. Gardner

Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble

 
KING DAVID'S LYRE
A CELEBRATION OF JERUSALEM 3,000


Zina Schiff, violin
Cameron Grant, piano
Cherina Eisenberg in Gershwin & Achron Cradle Song


Program

Caprice Hebraique - Alexander Krein
Hebrew Melody & Hebrew Cradle Song - Alexander Krein
Hebrew Song & Dance
Shir Eres (Lullaby for violin solo) & Sonata for Violin Solo - David Hush
Three Jewish Dances - Marc Lavry
Sea-Murmurs - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Sephardic Melody - Paul Ben-Haim
King David's Lyre - Hanoch Jacoby
Second Prelude - George Gershwin


The Critics Say:
FANFARE
"It can take its place beside Mischa Elman's (collection), to which it is equal in depth of musicianship and superior in recorded sound. Highly recommended."


AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"This is one of the most beautiful recordings of Jewish music I've heard. Schiff is a great violinist in every way."


JOURNAL OF JEWISH MUSIC AND LITURGY
"This collection, in celebration of Jerusalem 3,000, is an invaluable contribution."


SAN DIEGO JEWISH TIMES
"... an outstanding disk, which I highly recommend to anyone who is swept by the emotions, the nostalgia and the meaning behind this worthy release."



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TURN OF THE CENTURY

Jazz Influenced Chamber Music of Jerry Rizzi

Visit Jerry Rizzi on the web at http://www.jerryrizzi.com/.

Program

Turn of the Century prelude in D minor
Turn of the Century 2nd movement of 'Autumn's Passage' Woodwind Quintet #1
Blue Horizon
Not Just Another Day
When It's Right
A Summer's Lament excerpts from 'A Summer Cadence' 2nd movement Woodwind Quintet #2
A Summer's Lament variations on 'A Summer Cadence' 2nd movement Woodwind Quintet #2
Wakened Dreams (jazz ballet) 1st movement
Forgotten Friend A tribute to Jazz guitarist Joe Monk
Wakened Dreams (jazz ballet) 3rd movement

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HERE'S ONE
American Music For Violin And Piano


Zina Schiff, violin
Cameron Grant, piano

Visit Zina Schiff on the web at http://www.jamesarts.com/ZINABIO.htm.

Program

Here's One - William Grant Still
Two Vignettes for Violin and Piano
Summerland
Blues (from Lenox Avenue)
Quit Dat Fool'nish
Sonata for Violin and Piano - Lee Hoiby
The Deserted Garden - Florence Price
Sonata for Violin and Piano - Henry Cowell
Two pieces for Violin and Piano - Aaron Copland


The Critics Say:
FANFARE
"... Schiff plays sympathetically, with the clarity of cloudless skies ... Given the excellence of - and the warm advocacy evident in these recordings, the anthology earns a wholehearted recommendation."


NORTH COUNTY (CA) TIMES
"The ... repertoire is as varied as the 50 states and as colorful as the American flag."


AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"Indeed, anyone interested in a program that defines American music could hardly do better than this one."


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ANGEL SHADOWS

Laurel Ann Maurer, Flute and Alto Flute
Mark Neiwirth, pianist
Joanne Pearce Martin, pianist

Visit Laurel Ann Maurer on the Web.
Program

6 American Folk Songs for Flute and Piano - Thom Ritter George
Arcana I for Solo Flute - Meyer Kupferman
Sonata for Flute and Piano - Walter Piston
Fantasy-Sonata for Unaccompanied flute, op. 45 - Dana Paul Perna
Sonata for Flute and Piano, op. 23 - Lowell Liebermann
Angel Shadows for Solo Alto Flute - Augusta Read Thomas

The Critics Say:
NEW YORK TIMES
"A secure technician and an assured, communicative interpreter."


SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
"Angel Shadows proves again that she is one of America's finest flute talents"


AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"Acclaimed flutist Laurel Ann Maurer's latest anthology of American flute music features World Premiere Recordings of works by Thom Ritter George, Meyer Kupferman, Dana Paul Perna, and Augusta Read Thomas, whose lovely title track Angel Shadows Ms. Maurer commissioned and premiered at Carnegie Hall. The disc also includes superb performances of Walter Piston's and Lowell Liebermann's Sonatas for Flute and Piano. Ms. Maurer is ideally accompanied in the George and Liebermann by pianist Mark Neiwirth and Joanne Pearce Martin in the Piston. Angel Shadows creates a unique, panoramic view of the American milieu."



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LES OISEAUX DE PROIE
(Birds of Prey)


Ensemble Ackerman
Bob Ackerman, Saxophones, Flutes, Clarinets & Voice
Pam Purvis, voices
Bob Hovey, trombone, phonograph & voice
Dominic Duval, bass
Herb Fisher & Tom Sayek, drums & percussion
Herb Robertson, cornet, flutes, whistles & voice



Program

Improvisation I - Presentation des oiseaux
Improvisation II
Improvisation III - L'attaque des oiseaux
Improvisation IV
Improvisation V - Les oiseaux de proie
Improvisation VI
Improvisation VII - Les oiseaux en brochettes



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TRANSATLANTIC TRIO

Clarinetist Eric P. Mandat
Cellist Ivars Bezprozvanovs
Pianist Peteris Plakidis
Program

Trio in A minor, op. 114 - Johannes Brahms
Trio, op. 29 - Vincent D'Indy

The Critics Say:
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"The Transatlantic Trio give an eruptive, forward reading of (Brahms) ... The reason the procurement of this disc becomes mandatory is because of its mate...the sparkling trio of Vincent D'Indy. What a wonderful work - fully the equal of Brahms!... Absolutely gorgeous, heart-tugging melody abounds everywhere. Need a fresh discovery?"



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THE AURORA DUO

Donna Fairbanks, Violin
Lysa Rytting, Harp

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Program

Sonata in G Major for Violin and Harp - Gaetano Donizetti
Sonata in d minor for Violin and Harp - Adrian Shaposhinikov
Sonata, op. 406 - Alan Hovhaness
Poema Del Pastor Coya (World Premiere Recording) - Angel E. Lasala
Movements from the Liturgical Dance (World Premiere Recording) - Murray Boren
Fantasie for Violin and Harp, op. 123 - Camille Saint-Saens


The Critics Say:
FANFARE
"... a pleasant survey of unhackneyed music ... the Sonata, by Adrian Shaposhnikov...sounds like Ravel with a tinge of Slavic melancholy ... The first movement (of the Donizetti) is a lovely aria in Donizetti's best manner, which Fairbanks sings with some charm: the second a sprightly cabaletta ... (The Boren) sounds like a modern dance scores, liturgical mainly in its serene starkness. The most effective dance combines harp with pizzicato violin. Rytting creates an attractive, ghostly tone quality."




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VIVA ITALIA!

Elaine Comparone, Harpsichord The Queen's Chamber Band
Program

Three Selections from Scherzi Musicali - Claudio Monteverdi
Quintet in D Major for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Cello, Harpsichord and Baroque Guitar (arr. Comparone) - John Christian Bach
Aria from Julius Caesar for Countertenor, Flute, Oboe, Two Violins and Basso Continuo (arr. Coid) - George Frideric Handel
Five Napolitane for Countertenor and Lute - Giacomo Gorzanis
Overture No. 4 in G Major for 2 Violins and Basso Continuo - Antonio Brioschi
Two Galliards and a Pavan - John Dowland

The Critics Say:
FANFARE
"This diverse program has a thread of logic connecting the elements. The composers are Italian, or were influenced by Italian style ... The performances are a delight. All of the vocals (Monteverdi, Gorzanis, Handel) are taken by Marshall Coid, who should become more familiar as news of his prowess gets around. He produces the powerful, yet unforced tone of a true countertenor ... a disc for the adventurous who want to be surprised."



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WOMAN IN DARKNESS

Music for theater, cabaret and concert stage by Herbert A. Deutsch
Program

Prelude & Mazurka - Nancy Deutsch , piano
Woman in Darkness - text by Virginia Terris - The American Chamber Ensemble, featuring clarinetist Naomi Drucker, pianist Blanche Abram and soprano Deirdre Kingsbury
Measure for Measure Fantasy - Patricia Spencer, flute, with tape accompaniment
3 Songs from the Vision of Isaiah - Grace Anderson, soprano, Nancy Deutsch, piano
Abyss - text by Sonia Usatch - Grace Anderson, soprano, Patricia Spencer, piccolo
Sunbeam's Soliloquy - from the opera DORIAN - Grace Anderson, soprano, Daniel Blau, tenor, with tape accompaniment
A Birthday Gift - text by Herbert Deutsch - Edward Valenti, tenor, Nancy Deutsch, piano
Sleight of Hand - text by Herbert Deutsch and Karen Saunders - Karen Saunders, alto, with tape accompaniment

The Critics Say:
FANFARE
"all the music is performed and recorded with great professionalism. If the classical side of Andrew Lloyd Webber appeals to you...add this disc to your collection."


AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"Herbert A. Deutsch ... is comfortable in a host of musical styles, from cabaret to musical theater to concert style. His best pieces, like Measure for Measure Fantasy, have the same kind of accessible irony that Kurt Weill has."



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THE DEUS EX MACHINA CYCLE

Music for voices and Baroque ensemble
Double CD Set by Composer Elodie Lauten
Program

CD 1: Agartha or the Realm of Emotion and Experience
CD 2: Akasha or the Realm of the Unknowable


The Critics Say:
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
"There's a compellingly ritualistic feel to the cycle; Lauten has found a kinship with the minimalists...a rich tapestry that discloses submerged patterns on repeated hearings"


21ST CENTURY MUSIC
"Deus Ex Machina...is a grand work that we are likely to return to again and again, combining post-minimal and pre-classical musics into a unified, spiritual whole, all colored by the use of 18th-century Velotti temperament...Lauten turns all to gold."


FANFARE
"The beauties of the entire work...are considerable.. There is very little that gives the recording away as being live, and the sound is very good. Recommended"



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ALBERT TEPPER
Duos and Trios
The American Chamber Ensemble
Program

Trio Barocco for violin, clarinet and piano
The Toy Flute for flute and piano and soprano
Suite for Clarinet and Bassoon
Sonata for Viola and Piano
Three Inventions on DBH for flute, clarinet and bassoon
A Shakespeare Garland for soprano, clarinet and piano
Moorish Drone Dance
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LEGACY OF THE AMERICAN WOMAN COMPOSER

Laurel Ann Maurer, Flute
Joanne Pearce Martin, pianist


Visit Laurel Ann Maurer on the Web
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Program

Songs of the Moon - Marie Barker Nelson
Legacy - Jennifer Higdon
Emily's Images - Vivian Fine
Aubade for Solo Flute - Libby Larsen
First Flute Sonata - Claire Polin
Rondo for Flute and Piano - Gladys Nordenstrom
Theme and Variations for Flute and Piano - Gwyneth Walker
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SONATAS

Laurel Ann Maurer, Flute
Joanne Pearce Martin, pianist


Visit Laurel Ann Maurer on the Web
.
Program

Sonata in D Major, Op. 94 - Prokofiev
Sonata in A Major - Franck
Sonata for Flute and Piano - Poulenc

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MORE AMERICAN FLUTE WORKS

Laurel Ann Maurer, Flute
Jeff Manookian, Pianist
Mark Neiwirth, Pianist
Joanne Pearce Martin, Pianist

Visit Laurel Ann Maurer on the Web
.
Program

Moments for Flute and Piano - Robert Muczynski
Suite Modale for Flute and Piano - Ernest Bloch
Sonatina for Flute and Piano - Eldin Burton
Sonata for Flute and Piano - Jeff Manookian All the Rage for Flute (doubling Alto Flute) and Piano - Yehudi Wyner
Two Bits for Flute and Piano - Henry Cowell


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THE TWISTED PINE BRANCH

Music by Pianist/Composer Haskell Small
and guests, including Gerard Reuter oboe
Philip Meyers French horn
Judith Nicosia, Soprano


Visit Haskell Small on the Web.
Program

  • Tweet for Two for two oboes
  • Six Miniatures for bassoon and piano
  • Fugue and Postlude for flute, bassoon and piano
  • Twelve Snippets for flute, clarinet, cello and piano
  • Suite for Strings and Piano Concertante
  • Short Story for flute, oboe, clarinet, cello and piano
  • The Twisted Pine Branch for soprano, French horn and piano
  • Suite for Solo Cello



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THE GOLDEN DOVE
Masterpieces from the Jewish Folk Music Society

Zina Schiff, violin
Cameron Grant, piano


Visit Zina Schiff on the web at http://www.jamesarts.com/ZINABIO.htm
Program

Hebrew Love Song - Rimsky-Korsakov
Lullaby & Scher - Joseph Achron
Chabad Melody & Freilachs - Joseph Engel
Hebrew Melodies I & II - Zenovi Feldman
Canzona, Scherzo & Berceusse Palestinniene - Jacob Weinberg
Air - Alexander Krein
Dance - Krein-Heifetz
Schajke-Pfaifer's Nigun - Michael Gniessin
Rhapsody & Cradle Song - Solomon Rosowsky
Chasidic Suite - Lazare Saminsky


The Critics Say:
MUSIC & VISION DAILY
"A record prepared from the expertise of the Jewish Folk Music Music Society guarantees an authentic programme of traditional songs. These are not sung, but heard as transcriptions for violin and piano made by Russian composers: Rimsky-Korsakov, Engel, Feldman, Achron, Weinberg, Krein, Gniessin, Rosowsky and Saminsky. There is a decided continuity of style, mostly intense and reflective.
Performances are highly sympathetic to Rimsky-Korsakov's enormous regard for the sensitivity of this special repertory, which just preceded the founding of the Jewish Folk Musio Society in 1908.
The American violinist Zina Schiff proves ideal for this material, matched by the excellence of pianist Cameron Grant."


AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
"Zina Schiff gives this music a deeply personal voice. She is a remarkable violinist with a huge range of color and nuance. She plays every piece on this recording with intensity and emotional depth. She and Cameron Grant play wonderfully together, but when Schiff plays with her daughter Cherina Carmel, it seems almost as if the two are playing one another's parts."




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WAKING IN NEW YORK
A Musical Portrait of Allen Ginsberg by Composer Elodie Lauten

Mark Duer, Baritone
Meredith Borden, Tyler Azelton and Sherrita Duran, Sopranos
String Quartet with bass, flute, drums and percussion
Elodie Lauten, Synthesizer

Visit Elodie Lauten on the web at http://www.ElodieLauten.net
Program

ACT I
May Days 1988/Part I
May Days 1988/Part II
Lunchtime
The Charnel Ground/Part I
The Charnel Ground/Part II

ACT II
Personals Ad
Jumping the Gun on the Sun
Manhattan Thirties Flash
Song: The Weight of the World is Love
Waking in New York/Part I
Waking in New York/Part II
Waking in New York/Part III

During the Summer of 1996, only a few months before his death, the late Allen Ginsberg put together a set of poems on the theme of New York, as suggested by Elodie Lauten for a musical setting. The poems he selected, from Cosmopolitan Greetings 1986-1992, Collected Poems 1947-1980, and White Shroud Poems 1980-1989 are highly autobiographical and reveal some of his most intimate thoughts.

Waking in New York is scored for baritone, soprano and mezzo soprano, percussion, double bass, string quartet and flute. The music closely follows Ginsberg's own flow of mental associations, which act as triggers of rhythm changes and key modulations.


The Critics Say:
THE VILLAGE VOICE
"Despite the formality of its cantata-like structure, Waking in New York is certainly one of the most intimate large-scale vocal works ever written.(...) This is a large work for Lauten, but large works have become her metier; her recent Deus Ex Machina Cycle for singers and baroque ensemble was 100 minutes long ... Waking in New York's hovering harmonies, gentle but relentless momentum, and chantlike melodies remind one of another great vocal work, from the 1920s: Erik Satie's Socrate, based on the last words of Socrates.(...) It's worth remembering that Socrate was one of Frank Zappa's favorite pieces. Born in Paris, daughter of the jazz dummer Errol Parker, Lauten seems a legitimate heir to Satie's imperturbable aesthetic."


THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Blues melodies, gospel and pop as a song cycle. (...) Waking in New York is actually a lovely, effective and affecting song cycle for vocal ensemble and orchestra. Ms. Lauten has treated Ginsberg's poetry and its underlying spirit carefully, even reverently. She tucked its personal and sometimes diarylike texts into her own agreeably melodic and ecclectic style, but she also appears to have listened carefully for traces of the music that animated Ginsberg's soul.."


NEW MUSIC BOX
"The poetry of Allen Ginsberg has inspired a wide range of composers from Lee Hyla (whose Howl pits the Kronos Quartet against a recording of Ginsberg reading his celebrated poem) to Philip Glass (whose Ginsberg settings include the eclectic Hydrogen Jukebox and Symphony No. 6 which is a Mahlerian adaptation of Ginsberg's "Plutonian Ode"). In terms of authenticity, however, all are trumped by Elodie Lauten, who actually was Ginsberg's roommate during the 1970s. Lauten's Waking In New York, a poly-stylistic musical mˇlange residing somewhere between musical theatre and a requiem, is Lauten's moving memorial to her creative mentor who encouraged her to pursue a career as a composer."




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CANTICAS Y MADRIGALES
The Music of Luis Antonio Escobar


Performed by Americas Vocal Ensemble
Nelly Vuksic, Conductor



Visit the Americas Vocal Ensemble online at http://www.americasvocalensemble.org/
Program

Cántica #15 — Me perdonan estas coplas
Cántica #5 — Eres un granito de oro
Cántica #8 — El del sombrerito 'e jipa
Cántica #9 — Dende aqui te estoy mirando
Cántica #11 — Cuando espero no venis
Cántica #12 — Me topé con una niña
Cántica #21 — De tres amores que tengo
Cántica #16 — Cuando la vide venir
Cántica #17 — La vida se pasa pronto
Cántica #20 — Te arrullo en tu cuna
Cántica #18 — Lucero de la mañana
Cántica #10 — Si nos hemos de morir
Cántica #7 — Yo me enamoré del aigre
Cántica #4 — Me perdonan estas coplas
Duerme agua en tu nombre
Todo esto es el amor
Encuentro
Al oido de la poesia
Cántica #1 — Cánticas si no cantara
Cántica #2 — Cuando la vide venir
Cercania de la muerte
Tu reino de alas blancas
Rondeles
Poema equivoco del Juglar ebrio
Variaciones sobre un añejo temilla
Son
En la luna que he contado


The re-issue of this recording is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Programs.




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CD 4032
UPC Code #681585403228
Fantasie
French Works for Flute & Piano

Laurel Ann Maurer, flute
Joanne Pearce Martin, piano


Laurel Ann Maurer is on the Web
at http://members.aol.com/utaharts/lam/index.htm.
Program



The Critics Say:
KANSAS CITY FLUTE ASSOCIATION, Newsletter Vol. XXIX, No. 2
"Maurer is an exceptional player and presents very convincing, honest performances of these virtuosic works. Her tone colors are refreshingly varied, and this recording is, In a word, fabulous."




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