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Polarities: Exploring the Contemporary Expanse - works by Mathew Fuerst, Katherine Saxon, Chi-hin Leung, Alex Freeman

Album Summary

>Fuerst, Mathew [Composer] : Symphony
>Saxon, Katherine : East of the Sun, West of the Moon, for flute, viola & piano
>Saxon, Katherine : Vox dilecti mei, for soprano, flute, clarinet & cello
>Leung, Chi-Hin : Afterimage
>Freeman, Alex : Blueshift, for flute, clarinet, viola, cello, piano & percussion
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Freeman is also a contributing composer to Navona's Polarities. 'Blueshift', using flute, clarinet, cello, piano, and percussion, is drastically different in mood and timbre. It quietly, passively floats forward and each instrument performs motives of different lengths. These chamber pieces are balanced on the program by the full orchestral bombast of Mathew Fuerst's Symphony. The closing III, 'Nocturne', has a quiet courage and includes some nice moments with piano octaves and high bells over string pedals.

The works on Polarities express the emotions, feelings, and scenes associated with opposites. Debut US release for Hong Kong based composer Chi-hin Leung 'Mathew Fuerst so vigorously controls his material that it never verges on the sentimental' - Alex Ross



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Works Details

>Fuerst, Mathew [Composer] : Symphony
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Ensemble: New Century Voices
  • Running Time: 18 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2006-2008

>Saxon, Katherine : East of the Sun, West of the Moon, for flute, viola & piano
  • Performers: Jessica Lizak (Flute); Karolina Rojahn (Piano); Peter Sulski (Viola)
  • Conductor: Jessica Lizak
  • Ensemble: Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Saxon, Katherine : Vox dilecti mei, for soprano, flute, clarinet & cello
  • Performers: Michael Norsworthy (Clarinet); Amanda Kohl; Jing Li (Cello); Jessica Lizak (Flute)
  • Ensemble: Hong Kong Cantabile Winds
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Leung, Chi-Hin : Afterimage :: The Dreamy Butterfly, for gaohu & wind ensemble
  • Performer: Setzo Kin (Gaohu)
  • Conductor: Sit Hok-Cheun
  • Ensemble: Hong Kong Cantabile Winds
  • Running Time: 10 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012

>Freeman, Alex : Blueshift, for flute, clarinet, viola, cello, piano & percussion
  • Performers: Peter Sulski (Viola); Robert Schulz (Percussion); Jan Halloran (Clarinet); Leo Eguchim (Cello); Karolina Rojahn (Piano); Lisa Hennessy (Flute)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern