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Chester Biscardi: In Time's Unfolding

Album Summary

>Biscardi, Chester : In Time's Unfolding, for piano
>Biscardi, Chester : Tartini, for violin & piano
>Biscardi, Chester : Quintet for string quartet & piano
>Biscardi, Chester : Mestiere for piano
>Biscardi, Chester : Di Vivere, for clarinet, flute, violin, cello & piano
>Biscardi, Chester : The Viola Had Suddenly Become a Voice, for viola & piano
>Biscardi, Chester : Companion Piece (For Morton Feldman), for piano
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"In one way or another all of the works on this disc reveal an ongoing aspect of my creative process that looks back in order to move forward. It's about being in the present by unraveling memories and feelings - both joyful and full of loss - from the past," writes American composer Chester Biscardi, a recipient of numerous prizes and fellowships including the Rome Prize and an Academy Award in Music.

Fanfare
I find this quite beautiful music. Biscardi strikes me as a deeply honest composer; he says what he feels necessary, he's curious and exploratory. It also has great range, moving from referents as diverse as Wuorinen, Feldman, and Schumann. In short, the art has integrity. He also obviously inspires wonderful performers, giving them music that challenges and satisfies. The quality of playing here is testimony to that bond. Highly recommended.

American Record Guide
This is a worthwhile collection... It is very much part of the condition of our time, as it has been for so many others, and Mr Biscardi handles it better than most. Performances are uniformly excellent.

Fanfare
... a thoroughly gorgeous disc of music by Chester Biscardi (b.1948) is essential for anybody interested in top-drawer American chamber music. Biscardi writes some of the most consistently beautiful music I know, and this disc is a particularly excellent and perfectly paced collection.

MusicWeb International
Sound quality is excellent. The CD booklet is too, with - for Naxos - unusually detailed notes on the music, supplied by Biscardi, and biographies of all soloists regardless of the size of their contribution to the program.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, Unites States.



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>Biscardi, Chester : In Time's Unfolding, for piano
  • Performer: Marc Peloquin (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, Unites States (09/20/2009-09/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Biscardi, Chester : Tartini, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Curtis Macomber (Violin); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, Unites States (09/20/2009-09/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1972

>Biscardi, Chester : Quintet for string quartet & piano
  • Performers: Greg Hesselink (Cello); Curtis Macomber (Violin); Blair McMillen (Piano); Daniel Panner (Viola); Yonah Zur (Violin)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2004

>Biscardi, Chester : Mestiere for piano
  • Performer: Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, Unites States (09/20/2009-09/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Biscardi, Chester : Di Vivere, for clarinet, flute, violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Curtis Macomber (Violin); Blair McMillen (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Da Capo Chamber Players
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, Unites States (09/20/2009-09/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Biscardi, Chester : The Viola Had Suddenly Become a Voice, for viola & piano
  • Performers: James Goldsworthy (Piano); Paul Neubauer (Viola)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Biscardi, Chester : Companion Piece (For Morton Feldman), for piano
  • Performer: Marc Peloquin (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, Unites States (09/20/2009-09/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1989

>Biscardi, Chester : In Time's Unfolding, for piano
  • Performer: Marc Peloquin (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY, Unites States (09/20/2009-09/21/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000