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Society of Composers, Inc.: Pendulum - Doron Kima, Clifton Callender, Jorge Variego, Alex Freeman, et al.

Album Summary

>Kima, Doron [Composer] : As from a Dream, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano
>Callender, Clifton : Metamorphoses 2, for violin & piano
>Variego, Jorge [Clarinet] : Walls, for flute nonet
>Freeman, Alex : Night on the Prairies, for piano
>Nathan, Eric : Wing Over Wing, for soprano & violin
>Arrell, Chris [Composer] : Narcissus / Echo, for clarinet, violin, cello & vibraphone
>Carlsen, Philip : October, for piano
>Unspecified : [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composers
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Notes & Reviews:

The 28th edition of the Society of Composers, Inc. release series and the 4th on Navona Records, PENDULUM extrapolates and elaborates on several themes relating to variation, transformation, repetition, and more. This installment features works from seven SCI composers: Doron Kima's As From a Dream focuses on changes in texture as well as symmetry, developing varying thematic episodes throughout; Metamorphoses II by Clifton Callender is a gradual transformation of musical figures, employing harmonic extensions typical of folk fiddling; Jorge Variego, in Walls (flute nonet), presents a study on perception, using a nine-note block and rotating it in many directions as if it is three-dimensional; Alex Freeman's Night on the Prairies, taking its name from a Walt Whitman poem, preserves the purity of the mid-West prairies and alludes to simple campfire tunes of the region; Wing Over Wing, Eric Nathan's song-cycle, explores the various concepts associated with the definition of flight, taking imagery from Whitman's poems and his own; Chris Arrell's piece Narcissus/Echo pulls imagery from the Greek mythology, depicting the continual rippling theme of Narcissus' reflection, which becomes the source of Echo's repetitive calls; October by Philip Carlsen presents a succession of "rapid, metrically-shifting" arpeggiations as well as an exploration of voicing and doublings that trick the mind into hearing a piano of equal temperament as out of tune. This compilation reflects the diversity and originality of techniques coming from some of today's most talented composers.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Fluttertonguing, klangfarbenmelodie, pitch shifts, and a sonic swarm of bees are all present. Stepwise motion is near nonexistent with each player bounding to and fro when textures get frenetic. `Metamorphoses II', by Clifton Callender, shares the brooding tone of what accompanies the opening titles of many horror films these days and uses far more direct motion than Walls. Chrisi Arrell's `NARCISSUS/echo' does a stellar job of shifting timbre. The clarinet will quickly hold a tone, growing louder and louder, and then dash away in a flurry only to have the vibraphone do the same, with interjections by the strings that add to the rushing motives. The program as a whole must have been recorded with a very close microphone set-up: every breath in Walls and each unconscious throat sound used to keep rhythm in `NARCISSUS/ echo' is plainly audible.



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Works Details

>Kima, Doron [Composer] : As from a Dream, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Carlos Feller (Flute); Katherine Geeseman (Cello); Wonkak Kim (Clarinet); Eun-Hee Park (Piano); John Thayer (Violin)
  • Conductor: Edward Kawakami
  • Ensemble: University of Florida Flute Choir
  • Running Time: 11 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008

>Callender, Clifton : Metamorphoses 2, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Emily Crane (Violin); Hui-Ting Yang (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Variego, Jorge [Clarinet] : Walls, for flute nonet
  • Performer: Kristen Stoner (Flute)
  • Conductor: Charley Andersen
  • Ensemble: University of Florida Flute Choir
  • Running Time: 11 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2007

>Freeman, Alex : Night on the Prairies, for piano
  • Performer: Risto-Matti Marin (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Nathan, Eric : Wing Over Wing, for soprano & violin
  • Performers: Amanda Kohl; Joseph Lin (Violin)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Arrell, Chris [Composer] : Narcissus / Echo, for clarinet, violin, cello & vibraphone
  • Performers: Ted Gurch (Clarinet); Helen Kim (Violin); Brad Ritchie (Cello); Thomas Sherwood (Vibraphone)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2007

>Carlsen, Philip : October, for piano
  • Performer: Melsen Carlsen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

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