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Arthur Levering (b.1953): Parallel Universe / Krista River, mz; Donald Berman & John McDonald, pianos

Album Summary

>Levering, Arthur : Furies, for chamber ensemble
>Levering, Arthur : Il Mare Dentro, for orchestra
>Levering, Arthur : Drinking Songs, for voice, 2 harps & 2 pianos
>Levering, Arthur : Partite sopra Ciaccona, for 2 pianos
>Levering, Arthur : Parallel Universe, for orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
The piano is a driving force in Arthur Levering's new program. It leads the rhythmic and pattern-filled Furies, shapes the lush background for Drinking Songs, and propels Partite sopra Ciaccona. Furies, for chamber orchestra, and Partite sopra Ciaccona, for two pianos, share extensive passages and harmonic progressions. Drinking Songs offer an exquisite range of simple beauty and complex structure. The layers and varied phrase length in II create an exciting, minimal atmosphere.

Arthur Levering (b. 1953) is a musical mosaicist, creating patterns within patterns whose meanings change with the perspective of the listener. Moments of piquant color and gesture engage us on one level, but over time, and in combination with other such ideas they spin out the broad narrative, the winsome or lacerating or warm or athletic trajectory of phrase and episode. The works on this new collection - for orchestra, string orchestra, large mixed ensemble, small ensemble with voice, and for two pianos - cover a wide expressive and technical range, but the composer's elegant and rigorous use of patterns and their transformations is a consistent source of rich and vibrant energy. Various influences can be felt: rock music, with its ever-present pulse and energy, but also Baroque music, minimalism, and Indonesian gamelan. Particular composers, too, might be cited - Franco Donatoni, Luciano Berio, György Ligeti. Still, Levering's work has its own distinctive sense of wit, its own pacing, and particular tendencies of instrumental color - its own voice.



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Works Details

>Levering, Arthur : Furies, for chamber ensemble
  • Ensemble: Sequitur
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2006

>Levering, Arthur : Il Mare Dentro, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2008

>Levering, Arthur : Drinking Songs, for voice, 2 harps & 2 pianos
  • Performers: Donald Berman (Piano); Franziska Huhn (Harp); John McDonald (Piano); Krista River (Mezzo Soprano); Amanda Romano (Harp)
  • Conductor: Scott Wheeler
  • Running Time: 12 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Levering, Arthur : Partite sopra Ciaccona, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Donald Berman (Piano); John McDonald (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Levering, Arthur : Parallel Universe, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 11 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004