American in Rome - Beaser, Barber, Thompson, etc / Six for Five Wind Quintet

Album Summary

>Beaser, Robert : Four Dickinson Songs, for soprano & piano
>Barber, Samuel : In the Dark Pinewood
>Barber, Samuel : Beggar's Song
>Barber, Samuel : Of that so sweet imprisonment
>Barber, Samuel : Songs (3), Op. 10
>Thompson, Randall : Siciliano, for baritone & strings (Five Love Songs)
>Laderman, Ezra : Songs from Michelangelo, for baritone & piano
>Bermel, Derek : Spider Love, for voice & piano
>Beeson, Jack : Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth, opera
>Naginski, Charles : Look Down Fair Moon, for voice & piano
>Sowerby, Leo : The Forest of the Dead Trees, for voice & piano
>Rakowski, David : For Wittgenstein, for voice & piano
>Giannini, Vittorio : There Were Two Swans, for voice & piano
>Lindroth, Scott : The Dolphins, for voice & piano
>Sessions, Roger : Montezuma, opera
>Carter, Elliott : Warble for Lilac Time
>Carter, Elliott : Voyage, for medium voice & piano
>Kernis, Aaron J. : Mozart en Route, for violin, viola & cello
>Moravec, Paul : Passacaglia, for piano trio
>Levering, Arthur : Tesserae, for viola & piano
>Lennon, John Anthony : Sirens, for piano trio
>Steinert, Alexander : Sonata for violin & piano
>Bresnick, Martin : Three Intermezzi, for cello solo
>Hartke, Stephen : Beyond Words, for piano quartet
>Foss, Lukas : Fantasy Rondo for piano
>Ince, Kamran : My Friend Mozart, for piano
>Rochberg, George : Bagatelles (12), for piano
>Helfer, Walter : Nocturne, for piano
>Diesendruck, Tamar : Sound Reasoning in the Tower of Babel
>Johnson, Hunter : Piano Sonata
>Wingate, Mark : Sombras, for piano
>Layton, Billy Jim : Three Studies for piano, Op. 5
>Rush, Loren : Oh, Susanna, for piano
>Wyner, Yehudi : Commedia, for clarinet & piano
>Lang, David : Vent, for flute & piano
>Imbrie, Andrew : Dandelion Wine, for ensemble
>Hyla, Lee : Pre-Amnesia, for saxophone & piano
>Hyla, Lee : Mythic Birds of Saugerties, for bass clarinet
>Lam, Bun-Ching : -(solo); =(duo), for flute solo
>Mobberley, James : Beams!, for trombone & tape
>Hanson, Howard : Pastorale for oboe & piano (or harp & strings), Op. 38
>Shapero, Harold Samuel : Six for Five Wind Quintet
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This four-disc collection contains works by 37 composers who composed these pieces while in residence at the American Academy in Rome. The earliest work dates from 1920, the most recent from 2003. Composers include the well known: Samuel Barber, Elliott Carter, and Roger Sessions; the largely forgotten: Charles Naginski, Alexander Lang Steinert, Walter Helfer; and many of today's most active voices: Robert Beaser, David Rakowski, Aaron Jay Kernis, Paul Moravec, Stephen Hartke, and David Lang. Curated by Donald Berman, the disc features performances by many of today's leading performers of contemporary music.



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Works Details

>Beaser, Robert : Four Dickinson Songs, for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Donald Berman (Piano); Hila Plitmann (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Barber, Samuel : In the Dark Pinewood
  • Performers: Chris Trakas (Voice); Donald Berman (Piano); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Barber, Samuel : Beggar's Song
  • Performers: Chris Trakas (Voice); Donald Berman (Piano); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Barber, Samuel : Of that so sweet imprisonment
  • Performers: Chris Trakas (Voice); Donald Berman (Piano); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Barber, Samuel : Songs (3), Op. 10
  • Performers: Chris Trakas (Voice); Donald Berman (Piano); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1935

>Thompson, Randall : Siciliano, for baritone & strings (Five Love Songs)
  • Performers: Chris Trakas (Voice); Donald Berman (Piano); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Laderman, Ezra : Songs from Michelangelo, for baritone & piano
  • Performers: Chris Trakas (Voice); Donald Berman (Piano); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Bermel, Derek : Spider Love, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Chris Trakas (Voice); Donald Berman (Piano); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Beeson, Jack : Dr. Heidegger's Fountain of Youth, opera :: Prescription for Living
  • Performers: Chris Trakas (Voice); Donald Berman (Piano); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Naginski, Charles : Look Down Fair Moon, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Chris Trakas (Voice); Donald Berman (Piano); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Sowerby, Leo : The Forest of the Dead Trees, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Chris Trakas (Voice); Donald Berman (Piano); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Rakowski, David : For Wittgenstein, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Chris Trakas (Voice); Donald Berman (Piano); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Giannini, Vittorio : There Were Two Swans, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Chris Trakas (Voice); Donald Berman (Piano); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Lindroth, Scott : The Dolphins, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Chris Trakas (Voice); Donald Berman (Piano); Susan Narucki (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1995

>Sessions, Roger : Montezuma, opera :: Act 2. Tableau I. Tableau II. Scene VI.
  • Performers: Curtis Macomber (Violin); Donald Berman (Piano); Tara O'Connor (Flute); James Baker (Percussion); Daniel Druckman (Percussion); Susan Narucki (Soprano); Charles Neidich (Clarinet); Fred Sherry (Cello)
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Milarsky
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Carter, Elliott : Warble for Lilac Time
  • Performer: Tony Arnold
  • Conductor: Scott Yoo
  • Notes: Colorado College Summer Music Festival (06/22/2007-06/23/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Carter, Elliott : Voyage, for medium voice & piano
  • Performer: Tony Arnold
  • Conductor: Scott Yoo
  • Notes: Colorado College Summer Music Festival (06/22/2007-06/23/2007)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945-1979

>Kernis, Aaron J. : Mozart en Route, for violin, viola & cello
  • Performers: Peter Wiley (Cello); Ida Kavafian (Violin); Steven Tenebom (Viola)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (09/28/2005-09/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1991

>Moravec, Paul : Passacaglia, for piano trio
  • Ensemble: Trio Solisti
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (09/28/2005-09/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Levering, Arthur : Tesserae, for viola & piano
  • Performers: Donald Berman (Piano); Jonathan Bagg (Viola)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Lennon, John Anthony : Sirens, for piano trio
  • Ensemble: Trio Solisti
  • Running Time: 10 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Steinert, Alexander : Sonata for violin & piano
  • Performers: Donald Berman (Piano); Sunghae Lim (Violin)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 33 sec.
  • Written: 1929

>Bresnick, Martin : Three Intermezzi, for cello solo
  • Performer: Ole Akahoshi (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1971

>Hartke, Stephen : Beyond Words, for piano quartet
  • Ensemble: Opus One Piano Quartet
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY (09/28/2005-09/29/2005)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Foss, Lukas : Fantasy Rondo for piano
  • Performer: Donald Berman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Ince, Kamran : My Friend Mozart, for piano
  • Performer: Donald Berman (Piano)
  • Notes: Sonic Temple, Roslindale, MA (05/17/2001-05/18/2001)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Rochberg, George : Bagatelles (12), for piano :: Bagatelle no IV
  • Performer: Donald Berman (Piano)
  • Notes: Sonic Temple, Roslindale, MA (05/17/2001-05/18/2001)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Rochberg, George : Bagatelles (12), for piano :: Bagatelle no V
  • Performer: Donald Berman (Piano)
  • Notes: Sonic Temple, Roslindale, MA (05/17/2001-05/18/2001)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Helfer, Walter : Nocturne, for piano
  • Performer: Donald Berman (Piano)
  • Notes: Sonic Temple, Roslindale, MA (05/17/2001-05/18/2001)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Written: 1927

>Diesendruck, Tamar : Sound Reasoning in the Tower of Babel
  • Performer: Donald Berman (Piano)
  • Notes: Sonic Temple, Roslindale, MA (05/17/2001-05/18/2001)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Johnson, Hunter : Piano Sonata
  • Performer: Donald Berman (Piano)
  • Notes: Sonic Temple, Roslindale, MA (05/17/2001-05/18/2001)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Wingate, Mark : Sombras, for piano
  • Performer: Donald Berman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Written: 1995

>Layton, Billy Jim : Three Studies for piano, Op. 5
  • Performer: Donald Berman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rush, Loren : Oh, Susanna, for piano
  • Performer: Donald Berman (Piano)
  • Notes: Sonic Temple, Roslindale, MA (05/17/2001-05/18/2001)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1970

>Wyner, Yehudi : Commedia, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2002

>Lang, David : Vent, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Donald Berman (Piano); Patti Monson (Flute)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Imbrie, Andrew : Dandelion Wine, for ensemble
  • Conductor: David Hoose
  • Ensemble: Collage Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Hyla, Lee : Pre-Amnesia, for saxophone & piano
  • Performer: Tim Smith (Fiddle)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hyla, Lee : Mythic Birds of Saugerties, for bass clarinet
  • Performer: Tim Smith (Fiddle)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lam, Bun-Ching : -(solo); =(duo), for flute solo
  • Performer: Patti Monson (Flute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977

>Mobberley, James : Beams!, for trombone & tape
  • Performer: John Leisenring (Trombone)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Hanson, Howard : Pastorale for oboe & piano (or harp & strings), Op. 38
  • Performers: Donald Berman (Piano); Laura Ahlbeck (Oboe)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1949

>Shapero, Harold Samuel : Six for Five Wind Quintet :: 1. Overture
  • Ensemble: Curiously Strong Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1995

>Shapero, Harold Samuel : Six for Five Wind Quintet :: 2. Song
  • Ensemble: Curiously Strong Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1995

>Shapero, Harold Samuel : Six for Five Wind Quintet :: 6. Finale
  • Ensemble: Curiously Strong Wind Quintet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1995