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Works by Copland, Sessions, Perle, Rands

by: Roger Sessions, George Perle, Bernard Rands, The American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein Aaron Copland

 : Works by Copland, Sessions, Perle, Rands

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Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0093228063124
Item Dimensions: 5050022525
Label: New World Records
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: New World Records
Number Of Discs: 1
Publisher: New World Records
Release Date: May 10, 2005
Studio: New World Records




Disc 1:
  1. Inscape (Aaron Copland 1967)
  2. Symphony No. 8, Adagio e mesto (Roger Sessions 1968)
  3. Symphony No. 8, Allegro con brio (Roger Sessions 1968)
  4. Transcendental Modulations (George Perle 1993)
  5. ...where the murmurs die...(Bernard Rands 1995)
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This anthology of orchestral works was conceived as a tribute to the late Francis Goelet, who was America’s greatest musical philanthropist, especially in the commissioning of new works. His generous support led to the commissioning of these pieces, all of which, except for the Copland, are making their first appearance on CD. Aaron Copland’s last major orchestral work, Inscape (1967), completes a line of development that began essentially with the Piano Variations (1930) and continued intermittently over the composer’s creative lifespan. These are the chromatic works, the lean or even severe antidotes to his more popular style. Over the course of this development one finds Copland taking an increasing interest in the techniques associated with the twelve-tone method. Roger Sessions’s Symphony No. 8 (1968) is in two compact movements that are joined together without a pause between them. The tragic tone of the first movement, solemn and dirge-like, gives way to virile exuberance in the faster tempo of the second movement. Throughout, the idiom is richly chromatic; musical space is articulated at its limits by tuba and contrabassoon below and piccolo and glockenspiel above. The music surges forward despite a complex network of counterpoint. George Perle’s Transcendental Modulations (1993) presents a succession of character images, contrasting in mood and including even a trace of jazz in the bass pizzicatos toward the end. Musical ideas (such as the bubbling-up of clarinets at the opening) reappear at different pitch levels (such as down a sixth in bassoons at bar twenty-four) to effect changes in tonality (as well as timbre). Twelve distinct tempos are carefully linked by common pulses. The unusual title of Bernard Rands’s "...where the murmurs die..." (1993), is a fragment from an early poem of Samuel Beckett, a writer to whom the composer has more than once turned for inspiration. An Italianate lyricism and clarity pervade this delicately scored work showing, perhaps, the influence of Rands’s early studies with Luigi Dallapiccola and Luciano Berio. Contributing to the distinctive coloration is the elaborate use of different types of mutes in the brass instruments. Correspondingly, the strings are often instructed to place their bows close to the bridge, creating the glassy timbral effect known as sul ponticello. Of related interest: 80368 Aaron Copland—Connotations 80359 George Perle—Piano Works 80342 George Perle—Wind Quintets 80392 Bernard Rands—Canti dell’Eclisse 80296 Roger Sessions—When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d 80345 Roger Sessions—Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 80368 Roger Sessions—Black Maskers Suite 80443 Roger Sessions—Piano Concerto 80546 Roger Sessions—Piano Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3



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