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Samuel Adler (b.1928): Cantos; Close Encounters; Five Snapshots / Fulmer, violin; Kelly, viola; Eldan, cello; Muroki, db; Han, Harp

Audio Samples

>Adler, Samuel : Canto III for violin solo
>Adler, Samuel : Canto XVI, for viola solo
>Adler, Samuel : Canto X, for cello
>Adler, Samuel : Close Encounters for violin & cello
>Adler, Samuel : Canto VII, for bass
>Adler, Samuel : Canto XIX, for guitar
>Adler, Samuel : Canto XXI, for harp
>Adler, Samuel : Snapshots (5), for violin, viola & cello

Album Summary

>Adler, Samuel : Canto III for violin solo
>Adler, Samuel : Canto XVI, for viola solo
>Adler, Samuel : Canto X, for cello
>Adler, Samuel : Close Encounters for violin & cello
>Adler, Samuel : Canto VII, for bass
>Adler, Samuel : Canto XIX, for guitar
>Adler, Samuel : Canto XXI, for harp
>Adler, Samuel : Snapshots (5), for violin, viola & cello
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The winner of many prestigious awards for composition, Samuel Adler is also Professor emeritus at the Eastman School of Music. His Canto series was written to meet the challenge of providing concert etudes for every orchestral instrument. This program presents the complete Cantos for solo string instruments, exploring the great possibilities in each instrument from virtuoso feats to lyrical poignancy, 'moody' pensiveness to sharply observed wit and humor. The duet Close Encounters expresses ecstatic feelings of love, while the string trio Five Snapshots reflects contrasting scenes of nature. Samuel Adler's Of Musique and a selection of other chamber works can be found on Naxos 8.559602. His Fifth Symphony can be heard on 8.559415.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Samuel Adler (b 1928) was born in Mannheim, Germany and came to the US at the age of 11. He studied with Copland, Hindemith, Piston, and Randall Thomson and has held posts at Eastman and Juilliard. He is one of our most active and most professional composers. His musical idiom covers the area between tonality and atonality, and his writing for instruments is virtuosic and expressive. The performers are fine players and interpret the continually changing styles of these pieces to great effect. When they join forces in the duo and trio, their contrasting origins are buried in a fine sense of playing chamber music together. This shows what a melting pot our country can be in fine music.



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Works Details

>Adler, Samuel : Canto III for violin solo
  • Performer: David Fulmer (Violin)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Adler, Samuel : Canto XVI, for viola solo
  • Performer: Randolph Kelly (Viola)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2004

>Adler, Samuel : Canto X, for cello
  • Performer: Amir Eldan (Cello)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Adler, Samuel : Close Encounters for violin & cello
  • Performers: David Fulmer (Violin); Amir Eldan (Cello)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Adler, Samuel : Canto VII, for bass
  • Performer: Kurt Muroki (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Adler, Samuel : Canto XIX, for guitar
  • Performer: Ricardo Iznaola (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Adler, Samuel : Canto XXI, for harp
  • Performer: June Han (Harp)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Adler, Samuel : Snapshots (5), for violin, viola & cello
  • Performers: David Fulmer (Violin); Randolph Kelly (Viola); Amir Eldan (Cello)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern