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Michael Hersch: The Wreckage of Flowers

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  1. Hersch — 14 Pieces: No. 1. And overhead, unreachable … $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Hersch — 14 Pieces: No. 2. Intermezzo I $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Hersch — 14 Pieces: No. 4. This is a time of lightning without thunder … $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Hersch — 14 Pieces: No. 5. Intermezzo IIa $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Hersch — 14 Pieces: No. 7. Intermezzo IIb $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Hersch — 14 Pieces: No. 8. … Beyond the glass, upon the snow … $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Hersch — 14 Pieces: No. 9. … Dense violent dreams … $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Hersch — 14 Pieces: No. 10. Nocturne I $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Hersch — 14 Pieces: No. 11. Intermezzo III $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Hersch — 14 Pieces: No. 12. The heavenly legions are a tangle of monsters … $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Hersch — 14 Pieces: No. 13. Nocturne II $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Hersch — 14 Pieces: No. 14. When all the snow has melted, we’ll go to look for the old path … $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: I. On the wall a painting that depicts winter … $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: II. A still-looking branch, both cold and living … $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: III. … and the sky far up above was the only element we shared with the other people on the face of the earth … $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: IV. Over the gate of the rectory, fragments of brick among weeds … $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: V. Now there is only the earth, sandy, trodden down, with one leafless tree … $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: VI. To lay bare a monument like a nest in a thicket, though all you wanted was to pluck a few roses … $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: VII. He wakes up, rubs his eyes, and above the tossed-back scarecrows of the pines … $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: VIII. Beyond a field, a wood and a second field … $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: IX. The din ceases … $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: X. From afar, from somewhere beyond the river, echoes of lingering voices … $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: XI. … the wind rattling the metal sheets hanging from a cliff-like wall … $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: XII. The sky before sunrise is soaked with light … $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: XIII. And that snow will remain forever, unredeemed, not spoken of to anyone … $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: XIV. … but here there was not a tree, or even lichens growing on the rocks … $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: XV. Starry skies go out … $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: XVI. Winter, night, the frozen sky is flooded with red … $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: XVII. … and the sky far up above was the only element we shared with the other people on the face of the earth … $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: XVIII. … huge flocks of crows, freezing in mid-air, exploded under the clouds … $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: XIX. Layers of white clouds on a fragment of sky between the brightness of the birches … $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: XX. Farther, under the arch of ancient ruins, you see a few tiny walking figures … $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Hersch — The Wreckage of Flowers: XXI. A still-looking branch, both cold and living … $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Hersch — 5 Fragments: No. 1. quarter note = 68 $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Hersch — 5 Fragments: No. 2. quarter note = 50 $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Hersch — 5 Fragments: No. 3. quarter note = 60 $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Hersch — 5 Fragments: No. 4. eighth note = 132 $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Hersch — 5 Fragments: No. 5. quarter note = 74 $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Hersch, Michael : Fourteen Pieces after texts of Primo Levi, for unaccompanied violin
>Hersch, Michael : The Wreckage of Flowers; twenty-one movements after poetry and prose of Czeslaw Milosz, for violin &
>Hersch, Michael : Five Fragments, for unaccompanied violin
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Notes & Reviews:

Michael Hersch, who has been described by London's Financial Times as "one of the most fertile musical minds to emerge in the U.S. over the past generation," and The Washington Post as 'a Promethean creator who has been charged with relaying his particular message,' has spent the course of his career writing major works for solo instruments that still remain relatively little known.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, The Peabody Institute.



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>Hersch, Michael : Fourteen Pieces after texts of Primo Levi, for unaccompanied violin
  • Performer: Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Hersch, Michael : The Wreckage of Flowers; twenty-one movements after poetry and prose of Czeslaw Milosz, for violin &
  • Performers: Miranda Cuckson (Violin); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Notes: Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, (09/2010); Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, (10/2009); Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, (10/2010)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Hersch, Michael : Five Fragments, for unaccompanied violin
  • Performer: Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004