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Lawrence Dillon: Appendage & Other Stories

> Entrance - Entrance
> Still Point - Still Point
> Appendage - No. 1. Appendage
> Appendage - No. 2. Tes yeux
> Appendage - No. 3. Warm eyes
> Appendage - No. 4. Appendage
> Appendage - No. 5. Recognition
> Appendage - No. 6. Last lullabye
> Exit - Exit

Album Summary

>Dillon, Lawrence : Entrance, for actor & ensemble
>Dillon, Lawrence : Still point, for voice, viola & piano
>Dillon, Lawrence : Appendage, for ensemble
>Dillon, Lawrence : Exit, for actor & ensemble
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Lawrence Dillon is best known for his chamber music, with commissions, performances and recordings by the American, Borromeo, Cassatt, Daedalus, Emerson and Mendelssohn String Quartets. This recording is the first to feature some of his many works combining words and music. Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Dillon began composing at the age of seven, despite the complete loss of hearing in one of his ears due to a childhood illness. Appendage and Other Stories is a collection of Dillon's works that combine words and music. Entrance and Exit use spoken text, Still Point is sung and Appendage alternates between spoken and sung text.

"I think music should be fun, moving, mysterious, beautiful, funny, and frightening. I don't expect it to be all of those things on the same CD, however. Nevertheless, this CD is all of those things and more, and even though I had never heard of Lawrence Dillon until this disc came in the mail, I now must number myself among his fans...Appendage and Other Stories is the second collection of his music to appear on Albany Records. The first [ALB 513] contains three more chamber works: Furies and Muses, Devotion, and Jests and Tenderness...These performances were recorded over the course of nearly two years and in two different locations. Nevertheless, there is a stylistic consistency here that serves the music well, and the engineering is similarly consistent. Many of the performers are professionals associated with the Metropolitan Opera or the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and everybody does an excellent job here. Getting these various talents together and making this CD must have been a problem in logistics, but no strain is apparent...If you have any interest in contemporary American chamber music, you really should hear Appendage and Other Stories." Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare



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Works Details

>Dillon, Lawrence : Entrance, for actor & ensemble
  • Performers: Allison Gagnon (Piano); Sheila Browne (Viola); Jacquie Carrasco (Violin); Rebecca Nussbaum; Elizabeth Ransom (Flute)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Dillon, Lawrence : Still point, for voice, viola & piano
  • Performers: Thomas Sauer (Piano); Hsin-Yun Huang (Viola); Theodora Hanslowe (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Dillon, Lawrence : Appendage, for ensemble
  • Performers: Arnaud Sussmann (Violin); Steve Williamson (Clarinet); Melvin Chen (Piano); Taimur Sullivan (Saxophone); Clancy Newman (Cello); Lauren Flanigan (Soprano); Richard O'Neill (Viola)
  • Conductor: Ransom Wilson
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters (06/01/2009/06/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Dillon, Lawrence : Exit, for actor & ensemble
  • Performers: Adele O'Dwyer (Cello); Robert Rocco (Piano); Taimur Sullivan (Saxophone); Judith Saxton (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007