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Joseph Fennimore: Cathay; Tourmaline; 5 Romances

Album Summary

>Fennimore, Joseph : Cathay, for piano
>Fennimore, Joseph : Tourmaline, for piano ("On the Loss of a Jewel")
>Fennimore, Joseph : First Romance, for piano ("With grace, elegance and tenderness")
>Fennimore, Joseph : Third Romance, for piano ("Tender, always singing")
>Fennimore, Joseph : Fifth Romance, for piano ("Slow and easy-going")
>Fennimore, Joseph : Ninth Romance, for piano ("In Hommage to Sergei Rachmaninoff")
>Fennimore, Joseph : Thirteenth Romance, for piano ("Somewhat grim, wary, cranky")
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Pianist Jeffrey Middleton, a champion of Joseph Fennimore's music, received his DMA from Yale. His career has included chamber music, vocal coaching and accompanying, solo performances and teaching. Of the music, Phillip Kennicott notes: "Fennimore's insistence on his right to work within a tradition, even if out of fashion, was pioneering. But his compositional style has undergone continual metamorphosis, and today the percussive aspects of the piano are more integral to his music."

"Joseph Fennimore (b. 1940) is a self-confessed loner. "There is no authority I don't question, and I'm against whoever is in power," he says in what I suspect is a typically forthright style...The first piece on this disc, Cathay, was commissioned in 2005. Cathay is, of course, the ancient name for China, and so it is that whole-tone and pentatonic scales proliferate. The third movement, "The Lost Flute," is highly effective, with its xylophone effects and also its sense of space...[Tourmaline] is gentle, easy on the ear, with some lovely playful, dancing moments, expertly caught by Middleton.... Pianist Jeffrey Middleton met Fennimore in the 1980s and has been close to this music ever since, even directing a performance of Fennimore's opera Eventide at Harlem School of the Arts. It is difficult to imagine a stauncher advocate." - Colin Clarke, Fanfare



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>Fennimore, Joseph : Cathay, for piano
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: One Soul Studios, New York, NY (01/14/2009-02/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Fennimore, Joseph : Tourmaline, for piano ("On the Loss of a Jewel")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: One Soul Studios, New York, NY (01/14/2009-02/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Fennimore, Joseph : First Romance, for piano ("With grace, elegance and tenderness")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: One Soul Studios, New York, NY (01/14/2009-02/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Fennimore, Joseph : Third Romance, for piano ("Tender, always singing")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: One Soul Studios, New York, NY (01/14/2009-02/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1983

>Fennimore, Joseph : Fifth Romance, for piano ("Slow and easy-going")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: One Soul Studios, New York, NY (01/14/2009-02/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Fennimore, Joseph : Ninth Romance, for piano ("In Hommage to Sergei Rachmaninoff")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: One Soul Studios, New York, NY (01/14/2009-02/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Fennimore, Joseph : Thirteenth Romance, for piano ("Somewhat grim, wary, cranky")
  • Performer: Jeffrey Middleton (Piano)
  • Notes: One Soul Studios, New York, NY (01/14/2009-02/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001