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Five New Works for Cello - Steinberg, Siskind, Wexler, Wanamaker, Heinick / Mathias Wexler

Album Summary

>Steinberg, Paul : The Upper West Side, for cello & piano
>Siskind, Paul : Epiphanies (3)
>Wexler, Mathias : Night Breeze
>Wanamaker, Gregory : Metallicellissimo
>Heinick, David : Sonata for Cello and Piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Mathias Wexler comments in the notes that "Perhaps a musician's greatest responsibility is finding and championing important new works, forging an ongoing relationship with the music of his time and expanding the repertoire for future generations. If he is very lucky, the work is a great pleasure both artistically and personally. In certain extraordinary circumstances, the music also speaks profoundly to him and allows him to shine as a performer..." This is certainly true in the case of these five new works for solo cello.

"The music on this recording showcases a group of composers who are all colleagues at the Crane School of Music (part of the State University of New York)... Each of Paul Siskind's Three Epiphanies (1987), again for solo cello, was composed within a week, a time limit that the composer himself decided upon. The three movements comprise "Elegy," "Fantasy," and "Invention." Wexler plays with such concentration that these works emerge as mesmeric gems. Wexler himself pens one piece, the jazz-inflected multi-metric etude, Night Breeze, of 2001. Needless to say, Wexler is a fierce advocate of his own music. This is an engaging and enjoyable piece... The cello sound is beautifully caught by the engineers. The ink would still have been wet on some of the manuscripts at the time of recording (August 2002), but it appears that this disc has had to wait until 2009 to see the light of day." - Colin Clarke, Fanfare



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Works Details

>Steinberg, Paul : The Upper West Side, for cello & piano
  • Performers: David Heinick (Piano); Mathias Wexler (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1997

>Siskind, Paul : Epiphanies (3)
  • Performers: David Heinick (Piano); Mathias Wexler (Cello)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Wexler, Mathias : Night Breeze
  • Performers: David Heinick (Piano); Mathias Wexler (Cello)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Written: 2001

>Wanamaker, Gregory : Metallicellissimo
  • Performers: David Heinick (Piano); Mathias Wexler (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Heinick, David : Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: David Heinick (Piano); Mathias Wexler (Cello)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001