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American Tapestry: Duos for Flute & Piano by Robert Beaser, Copland, Muczynski, Liebermann / Susan Rotholz, flute; Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Album Summary

>Beaser, Robert : Variations for flute & piano
>Copland, Aaron : Duo, for flute (or violin) & piano
>Muczynski, Robert : Sonata for flute & piano, Op 14
>Liebermann, Lowell : Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 23
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Tapestry celebrates four composers, Robert Beaser, Aaron Copland, Robert Muczynski and Lowell Liebermann whose musical languages remained distinctly tonal amidst the pervasive compositional climate of mid-20th century American serialism. Each of these composers freely infused their music with popular styles including jazz, folk, pop and musical theater. Remarkable on this recording is the stellar duo playing of Susan Rotholz and Margaret Kampmeier, who combine brilliant instrumental virtuosity with deep understanding of this quintessentially American repertoire.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
There are many excellent recordings of the pieces on this program. Susan Rotholz has a big, beautiful sound that makes anything she plays a pleasure to hear. She and Margaret Kampmeier are presented in marvelous, clear sonics. The Steinway they used is bright in the high and middle registers and richer down low. This quality adds to the clarity of the virtuosic Presto of the Liebermann Sonata. Program notes in large type are merely a bonus to this release that has so much going for it already, and the quote from Nadia Boulanger is superb in describing all four pieces. This is the kind of music that benefits from 30 years of incubation. Hers may be considered the definitive performance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Greenfield Hall, Manhattan School of Music, New York (01/2013/05/2013).



Reviews

An important American recital
The album is titled "American Tapestry," but it's no crazy quilt. The four duos for flute and piano Susan Rotholz and Margaret Kampmeier perform fit nicely together. All are tonal after a fashion, giving the program coherence; and yet each differ in character to give the listener real variety.

Robert Beaser takes a simple theme and lets it logically unfold with his "Variations for Flute and Piano." Some of the harmonies have an open quality to them, which makes the Variations a nice lead-in to Aaron Copland's "Duo for Flute and Piano." This 1971 work has the wide open sound of Copland's Americana works.

Robert Muczynki's "Sonata for Flute and Piano" also fits well. to my ears, the work has a Ravel/Debussy quality to it, with a hint of Samuel Barber. That's not a bad combination, and one that makes for an attractive and enjoyable work. The album concludes with Lowell Liebermann's "Sonata for Flute and Piano," and almost seems like a further development of Muczynksi's work. Liebermann's piece is just as artfully constructed, with melodies that can only be described as beautiful.

Rotholz plays with a clear tone that's never out of control. Even when the music takes the flute into the extreme upper register, the sound gets brighter but never shrill. The recording is also well-balanced. Both flute and piano are on par with each other and sitting comfortably in the soundfield; close enough to hear all the detail, without capturing any harshness.
Submitted on 05/27/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Beaser, Robert : Variations for flute & piano
  • Performers: Margaret Kampmeier (Piano); Susan Rotholz (Flute)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Copland, Aaron : Duo, for flute (or violin) & piano
  • Performers: Margaret Kampmeier (Piano); Susan Rotholz (Flute)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Muczynski, Robert : Sonata for flute & piano, Op 14
  • Performers: Margaret Kampmeier (Piano); Susan Rotholz (Flute)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Liebermann, Lowell : Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 23
  • Performers: Margaret Kampmeier (Piano); Susan Rotholz (Flute)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987