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Strange Flowers: Chamber Music by Kirk O'Riordan (b.1968) / Holly Roadfeldt, piano; Reuben Councill, flute; Lawrence Stomberg, cello et al.

Album Summary

>O'Riordan, Kirk : Sonata Rapsodica, for clarinet & piano
>O'Riordan, Kirk : Water Lilies, for piano
>O'Riordan, Kirk : Pressing Forward, Pushing Back, for flute & piano
>O'Riordan, Kirk : Dying Light, for cello & piano
>O'Riordan, Kirk : A Strange Flower for Birds and Butterflies, for clarinet, cello & piano
>O'Riordan, Kirk : Lacrimosa, for piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Joyous and energetic, sad and lyrical, images of light and cascading colors - these varied striking moods can all be used to describe composer Kirk O'Riordan's six chamber works on his premiere Ravello Records release, Strange Flowers. The six pieces on the album tell a story together, captivating the audience with its accessible but nuanced sound. O'Riordan has recently received commissions from The Cecil College Station Players, the EastWind Ensemble, saxophonist Farrell Vernon, and the Grammy-nominated Eaken Piano Trio. Described as 'un-apologetically beautiful,' O'Riordan is said to be 'getting us ready for the time ahead' (Dr. Jing Luo, Bloomsburg University).

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Kirk O'Riordan (b. 1968) is a saxophonist, composer, conductor, and teacher. His music is modal. Some (slower) parts of the program are nice on their own. It is capably played, and the sound is fine.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Williams Center for the Arts on the campus of Lafayette (03/2013/04/2013).



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Works Details

>O'Riordan, Kirk : Sonata Rapsodica, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Marianne Gythfeldt (Clarinet); Holly Roadfeldt (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>O'Riordan, Kirk : Water Lilies, for piano
  • Performer: Holly Roadfeldt (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>O'Riordan, Kirk : Pressing Forward, Pushing Back, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Reuben Councill (Flute); Holly Roadfeldt (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>O'Riordan, Kirk : Dying Light, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Holly Roadfeldt (Piano); Lawrence Stomberg (Cello)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>O'Riordan, Kirk : A Strange Flower for Birds and Butterflies, for clarinet, cello & piano
  • Performers: Marianne Gythfeldt (Clarinet); Holly Roadfeldt (Piano); Lawrence Stomberg (Cello)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2012

>O'Riordan, Kirk : Lacrimosa, for piano
  • Performer: Holly Roadfeldt (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011