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Scott Pender (b.1959): 88+12 - Music for Piano and Strings / Julia Okrusko, violin; Lilit Muradyan, viola; Ming-Hui Lin, cello; Peter Sulski, violin; Geoffrey Burleson, piano; David Russell, cello

Album Summary

>Pender, Scott : Veil of Ignorance, for string trio
>Pender, Scott : Rhapsody, Elegy and Finale for violin & piano
>Pender, Scott : From Old Notebooks, sonata for viola & piano
>Pender, Scott : Sonata for cello & piano
>Unspecified : [Untitled CD-ROM Track]
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

With a distinctly contemporary compositional signature that draws on minimalism and popular music of the late 20th century, and also recalls the 19th-century Romantic tradition, composer and pianist Scott Pender explores the expressive natures of four instruments - piano, violin, viola, and cello - on his debut solo release on Navona Records, 88 + 12. Pender presents three piano and string duos: Rhapsody, Elegy, and Finale for Violin and Piano is a study in contrasting mood and texture, featuring virtuosic writing for the violin, while the deeply lyrical Sonata for Cello and Piano is a work of sweeping dramatic gesture. Sonata for Viola and Piano, subtitled "From Old Notebooks," uses material that Pender sketched while living in London during the mid-1980s to create a work of rhythmic pulse and intensity. The string trio Veil of Ignorance, which takes its title from the writing of the 20th-century philosopher John Rawls, provides three differing approaches to the same thematic material. Scott Pender holds degrees from Georgetown University and the Peabody Conservatory and received a Fulbright Fellowship to study in the United Kingdom with English composer Gavin Bryars. He has been commissioned by numerous groups including the North Georgia Chamber Symphony, the Powell Quartet, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Annapolis Brass Quintet as well as the late virtuoso pianist Yvar Mikhashoff.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Geoffrey Burleson is a superb pianist, as anyone who's heard his magnificent rendering of the complete Persichetti piano sonatas on New World 80677 (May/June 2008) can attest, and the string players do pretty well also. They're obviously enjoying Pender's music. Sonics are satisfactory. The string trio, recorded in a studio, is clear, recorded in a concert hall, have more air and warmth. Navona's disc opens on your computer to reveal liner notes and complete scores.



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>Pender, Scott : Veil of Ignorance, for string trio
  • Performer: New England String Trio (Trio)
  • Ensemble: New England String Trio
  • Running Time: 15 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2010

>Pender, Scott : Rhapsody, Elegy and Finale for violin & piano
  • Performers: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano); Peter Sulski (Violin)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Pender, Scott : From Old Notebooks, sonata for viola & piano
  • Performers: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano); Peter Sulski (Viola)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Pender, Scott : Sonata for cello & piano
  • Performers: Geoffrey Burleson (Piano); David Russell (Cello)
  • Running Time: 22 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

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