Notes & Reviews:
From the serenity of the Smoky Mountains to the abstraction and boldness of Kandinsky’s paintings, composer Paul Osterfield’s debut solo on Navona, ‘Sound and Fury’, pulls inspiration from several experiences the composer translates into refined, stimulating and expressive chamber pieces. Mr. Osterfield writes many of his pieces for particular performers and ensembles, giving his music unique personalities that reflect the musicians’ virtuosic capabilities. Sound and Fury, written for the Blakemore Trio, uses ornate passages and driving rhythms with soaring lyrical melodies, while Etudes for Piano, Book 1, written for pianist Caleb Harris, demonstrates various technical faculties such as parallel chords, syncopated rhythms, and blazing strings of notes. Works such as Smoky Mountain Autumn and Kandinsky Images depict the imagery of the natural landscapes of East Tennessee and the intense, often dark, and striking expressions of the painter’s pieces.
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H.L. Adams: Twelve Etudes / Maria Corley
Alexander Tansman: Triptyque (1930); Witold Lutoslawski: Overture for Strings (1949); Folk Melodies (5) (1945); Gyorgy Orban: Court Dances / Erdody CO
The Rothko Room: Journeys in Silence, and other recent piano works by Haskell Small (b.1948) / Haskell Small, piano
Klaus Cornell (b.1932): 'From the Northwest'; Tcha-Ti-Man-Vi; Coyote Tales; A Quest for Snow White / Various artists
21st Century American Trumpet Concertos by Cioffari, Ross, Petrich, Bass / Paul Neebe, trumpet
Musica, por un Tiempo - chamber works by Kramer, Rodriguez, Heuser, Gardner / SOLI Chamber Ensemble
The Symphonic Euphonium - works by Hoddinott, Horovitz, Jenkins, Wilby / David Childs, euphonium
János Tamás (1936u1995): Chamber works 'Feuerbilder' / Tomas Dratva (piano) & Friends
Johanna Doderer (b.1969): The Piano Trios, nos 1 - 4 / Vilos Trio