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Paul Moravec: Useful Knowledge; Vita Brevis / Amy Burton, soprano

Audio Samples

>Moravec, Paul : Vita Brevis, for voice & piano
>Moravec, Paul : Characteristics, for piano
>Moravec, Paul : Useful Knowledge
>     A Franklin Fantasy, for voice & glass harmonica

Album Summary

>Moravec, Paul : Vita Brevis, for voice & piano
>Moravec, Paul : Characteristics, for piano
>Moravec, Paul : Useful Knowledge
Performers Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This program of musical portraits by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec encompasses a song cycle, a cantata and a solo piano work. Vita Brevis is a beautiful cycle of five songs that chart a birth-to-death journey, whereas Characteristics enshrines tributes from the composer to seven musical friends, three pianists, two composers, a violinist and a countertenor, in the form of pithy piano commentaries. Moravec's tribute to Benjamin Franklin, Useful Knowledge, is a soliloquy cum fantasy that celebrates Franklin's pioneering rationality with music of dexterous imagination.

ConcertoNet.com
It proves a very engaging work with Amy Burton as the silvery voiced soloist. Reviewing a previous Moravec disc I wrote, 'I will certainly look forward to hearing more of this obviously gifted composer', a statement renewed by this new release.

David's Review Corner
The disc opens with a composition from two years ago, Vita Brevis, for soprano and piano trio. In the world of tonality, the five songs trace life from childhood to the grave, using texts by famous writers. It proves a very engaging work with Amy Burton as the silvery voiced soloist. Reviewing a previous Moravec disc I wrote, 'I will certainly look forward to hearing more of this obviously gifted composer', a statement renewed by this new release.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Performing Arts Center at SUNY, Purchase, NY.



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Works Details

>Moravec, Paul : Vita Brevis, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Amy Burton (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Trio Solisti
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Moravec, Paul : Characteristics, for piano
  • Performer: Simon Mulligan (Piano)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Moravec, Paul : Useful Knowledge :: A Franklin Fantasy, for voice & glass harmonica
  • Performers: Randall Scarlata (Baritone); Cecilia Brauer
  • Ensemble: La Fenice (New York)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006