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Richard Faith: Rhapsody

Album Summary

>Faith, Richard : Poems, for cello & piano
>Faith, Richard : Sonata no 2 for trumpet & piano
>Faith, Richard : Nocturne in G sharp minor, for piano
>Faith, Richard : Rhapsody, for flute & piano
>Faith, Richard : Fantasy Trio no 1, for violin, clarinet & piano
>Faith, Richard : Movements, for horn & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Born in 1926 in Indiana, Richard Faith began composing at the age of 12. He studied composition at Indiana University and at Chicago Musical College. He was a professor of piano at the University of Arizona in Tucson until his retirement. He is recognized nationally as a composer of classical song literature, but this recording highlights his music for instrumental ensembles.

"The performances can't be faulted. The Missouri Chamber Players (from Missouri State University) clearly love this music and enjoy playing it."-American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ellis Recital Hall, Missouri State University, Springfi.



Reviews

Neo-romantic gems
Richard Faith has been a teacher, pianist and composer for many years. Pianists and piano pedagogues have probably been more familiar with Faith than the concert hall clientele. That is a shame. The new MSR Classics CD "Rhapsody - Chamber Music of Richard Faith" (MSR 1331) reveals a highly skilled and unabashedly romanticist composer who clearly has a strong sense of melodic line and writes with both the performer and audience in mind. The disc opens with the beautiful "Poems" for cello and piano, steeped in rich harmonies and melody. The middle movement, 'I have embarked', sounds a bit like John Ireland. The "Sonata #2" for trumpet & piano shares some geneology with Copland and opens a bit forlorn before galloping along. The unaccompanied declaration of the solo instrument to open a piece seems like a Faith landmark. The brief "Nocturne in g#" for piano is similary plaintive, beautiful and, if not a little derivative from English salon style, very enjoyable. The flute "Rhapsody" leaves a similar, very pleasant impression - owing a great deal to the Copland, Hanson, Schuman genre. Horn players really need to know his "Movements" for horn and piano. The real gem on the disc is the 'Fantasy Trio #1" for clarinet, violin and piano. Chock full of idiomatic writing and good counterpoint, it begins with the solo clarinet and contains the lush writing that make this a very worthy - and somewhat rare - addition to the trio repertory for this combination. The performances, by the Missouri Chamber Players, are all first rate and the recording is excellent. The audio is clear and, acoustically, contains some nice - but not intrusive - reverb as it was recorded in a chamber hall at Missouri State University. Well recommended!
Submitted on 07/12/10 by Dan Coombs 
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Works Details

>Faith, Richard : Poems, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Peter Collins (Piano); Michael Murray (Cello)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Faith, Richard : Sonata no 2 for trumpet & piano
  • Performers: Peter Collins (Piano); Grant Peters (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Faith, Richard : Nocturne in G sharp minor, for piano
  • Performer: Peter Collins (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Faith, Richard : Rhapsody, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Peter Collins (Piano); Jill Heyboer (Flute)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Faith, Richard : Fantasy Trio no 1, for violin, clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Peter Collins (Piano); David Hays (Violin); Allison Storochuk (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Faith, Richard : Movements, for horn & piano
  • Performers: Lisa Casey (Horn); Peter Collins (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern