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Mark N. Grant: Inching Through The Sunsplendid Dust / Wilson, Farnum, Nafziger

Album Summary

>Grant, Mark N. : Auto da fe, for voice & chamber ensemble
>Grant, Mark N. : Alba
>Grant, Mark N. : Bird of Paradise, for theremin
>Grant, Mark N. : The Book of Illuminations, for 2 voices & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

While composer Mark N. Grant studied at the Eastman School and took courses at Juilliard, Mannes, and Manhattan, he first embarked on a career as a journalist before turning to composition. His music has been performed in the United States, Europe and New Zealand and is the recipient of grants and commissions from the American Music Center, Meet the Composer and the New Renaissance Chamber players, among others. He received the Friedheim Award in 1996 for his music and won ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards for two of his books on music. If music were food - which to the soul it is - Grant's gives you a choice of a dependably traditional menu as well as an à la carte rich in surprises. The first recording devoted to his music includes a monodrama for soprano and chamber ensemble (Audo da fé); a song cycle for two sopranos and piano (The Book of Illuminations); as well as a work for guitar (Alba: The Lover's Departure at Dawn) and for theremin (Bird of Pardise).

Fanfare Magazine
This CD will appeal especially to those whose tastes run toward the darker, more somber side of classical music. If you're expecting the wit and insouciance of a Jean Françaix, it would be best to look elsewhere, but those whose velleity is music of soul-searching profundity will find ample rewards. What was I saying at the beginning of the review? Oh yes: Go out and buy it!

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
I have never heard the theremin played as well as it is in 'Bird of Paradise' (1998). Lydia Kavina - a student and relative of inventor Leon Theremin himself - shows that the weird sci-fi instrument can be played with all sorts of articulations, vibrato (of course), dynamic shadings, and emotional expression.


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Works Details

>Grant, Mark N. : Auto da fé, for voice & chamber ensemble
  • Performers: Jennifer Ahn (Violin); Barbara Allen (Percussion); Virgil Blackwell (Clarinet); Celine Combes (Harp); Judy Hirschman (Percussion); David Hopkins (Clarinet); Marika Hughes (Cello); Julia Koo (Violin); Elizabeth Rodgers (Piano); Carol Wilson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Paul Hostetter
  • Running Time: 19 min. 14 sec.

>Grant, Mark N. : Alba :: The Lover's Departure at Dawn, for guitar
  • Performer: Jorge Caballero (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 25 sec.
  • Written: 1994

>Grant, Mark N. : Bird of Paradise, for theremin
  • Performer: Lydia Kavina (Theremin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Written: 1997

>Grant, Mark N. : The Book of Illuminations, for 2 voices & piano
  • Performers: Stephen Gosling (Piano); Sharla Nafziger (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 6 sec.
  • Written: 1999-2005