David S. Lefkowitz: Music of Contradictions / Andrea Thiele, harp; Julie Long, flute; Carter Dewberry, cello

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>Lefkowitz, David S. : Duo, for 2 pianos
>Lefkowitz, David S. : With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)], for flute
>Lefkowitz, David S. : (Sur)Real (Cine-) Music 1
>     The Chase Through Escher's Metamorphosen, for flute, violin and 2 guitars
>Lefkowitz, David S. : With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)], for harp
>Lefkowitz, David S. : Surfer's Guide for the Perplexed (or
>     Jonah on the Raging Sea), for oboe, clarinet, violin, cello &
>Lefkowitz, David S. : With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)], for flute & cello
>Lefkowitz, David S. : E Duo Unum, for 2 violas
>Lefkowitz, David S. : With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)], trio for flute, cello & harp
>Lefkowitz, David S. : Canonical Variations, for 2 clarinets
>Lefkowitz, David S. : The Fashionable Suite, for piano

Album Summary

>Lefkowitz, David S. : Duo, for 2 pianos
>Lefkowitz, David S. : With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)], for flute
>Lefkowitz, David S. : (Sur)Real (Cine-) Music 1
>Lefkowitz, David S. : With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)], for harp
>Lefkowitz, David S. : Surfer's Guide for the Perplexed (or
>Lefkowitz, David S. : With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)], for flute & cello
>Lefkowitz, David S. : E Duo Unum, for 2 violas
>Lefkowitz, David S. : With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)], trio for flute, cello & harp
>Lefkowitz, David S. : Canonical Variations, for 2 clarinets
>Lefkowitz, David S. : The Fashionable Suite, for piano
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

David S. Lefkowitz, a native of New York City, studied composition at Eastman, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania. He has won international acclaim as a composer, with his works garnering performances around the world as well as numerous prizes and including recognition from the National Association of Composers, the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the Gaudeamus Music Week. As a theorist Lefkowitz has researched “meta-theoretical” issues such as the process of segmentation and the internal structure of set-classes. Lefkowitz has enjoyed creating music with different, often contradictory faces. The works on this disc in which tonality and atonality, consonance and dissonance exist in tension are not found at one particular point along the continuum from one stylistic extreme to another. Rather these pieces thrive on the tension between the contradictory characteristics.

"Lefkowitz continues to show off a fascination with the nature of movement in music, incorporating devices that are both diverse and connected, from the Baroque and before to contemporary Minimalism. In all, this CD is a fine omnibus to introduce a talented and compelling young composer." -Fanfare



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Works Details

>Lefkowitz, David S. : Duo, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Walter Ponce (Piano); Stella Maksoudian (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lefkowitz, David S. : With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)], for flute
  • Performer: Julie Long (Flute)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lefkowitz, David S. : (Sur)Real (Cine-) Music 1 :: The Chase Through Escher's Metamorphosen, for flute, violin and 2 guitars
  • Performers: Buzz Gravelle (Guitar); Jennifer Roth (Flute); Sam Vierra (Guitar); Daphne Chen (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lefkowitz, David S. : With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)], for harp
  • Performer: Andrea Thiele (Harp)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lefkowitz, David S. : Surfer's Guide for the Perplexed (or :: Jonah on the Raging Sea), for oboe, clarinet, violin, cello &
  • Conductor: David Lefkowitz
  • Ensemble: Definiens Project
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lefkowitz, David S. : With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)], for flute & cello
  • Performers: Julie Long (Flute); Carter Dewberry (Cello)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lefkowitz, David S. : E Duo Unum, for 2 violas
  • Performers: Paul Coletti (Viola); Dilu Fei (Viola)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lefkowitz, David S. : With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)], trio for flute, cello & harp
  • Performers: Julie Long (Flute); Carter Dewberry (Cello); Andrea Thiele (Harp)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Lefkowitz, David S. : Canonical Variations, for 2 clarinets
  • Performers: Ralph Williams (Clarinet); Jonathan Sacdalan (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lefkowitz, David S. : The Fashionable Suite, for piano
  • Performer: Jeri-Mae Satolfi (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary