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Harold Meltzer: Brion; Sindbad; Exiles

Album Summary

>Meltzer, Harold : Brion, for ensemble
>Meltzer, Harold : Songs (2) from Silas Marner, for voice & cello
>Meltzer, Harold : Sindbad, for narrator & ensemble
>Meltzer, Harold : Exiles, for voice & ensemble
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The works on this disc are representative of Harold Meltzer's unique sensibility, profound imagination and inquisitive musical mind, quickened both by the things of the world and by a wide range of music, including the works of Franco Donatoni and the Stravinsky of 'Agon'. 'Brion' was praised by the 2009 Pulitzer Prize jury as "a graceful, sensual and contemplative experience", the "inexorable emotional power" of 'Two Songs from Silas Marner' impressed The New York Times, The Oxford Times described 'Sindbad' as "a startling and deeply interesting modern work", while The Boston Globe declared that "Exiles goes immediately onto this year's must-hear-again list."

"[Brion] is a haunting, quirky and continually inventive chamber work for a small ensemble including guitar and mandolin. It receives an elegant, colorful performance on a splendid recording of four fascinating chamber and vocal works by Mr. Meltzer." -New York Times

Fanfare
Harold Meltzer is a younger composer who has a scrupulous ear that leads him to clearly defined gestures and sonorities, but the music is never dry or an illustration of some extramusical principle. Rather, it's always sonically fresh, timbrally seductive. One thinks a little of Stravinsky in its freshness, though that may be too big a monkey to place on his back. But the music definitely projects both rigor and sensuality, not a bad combo.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA.



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Works Details

>Meltzer, Harold : Brion, for ensemble
  • Conductor: James Baker
  • Ensemble: Cygnus Ensemble
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (11/23/2008/11/25/2008)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Meltzer, Harold : Songs (2) from Silas Marner, for voice & cello
  • Performers: Elizabeth Farnum (Soprano); Greg Hesselink (Cello)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Meltzer, Harold : Sindbad, for narrator & ensemble
  • Ensemble: Peabody Trio
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (10/29/2007/10/30/2007)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Meltzer, Harold : Exiles, for voice & ensemble
  • Performer: Richard Lalli (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Paul Hostetter
  • Ensemble: Sequitur
  • Running Time: 14 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001