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New Music with Guitar, Vol. 9 - Works of R. Wernick, P. Ruders & P. Lansky / David Starobin, guitar; Amalia Hall, violin; Alabama SO; Brown et al.

Album Summary

>Wernick, Richard : The Name of the Game, for guitar & ensemble
>Ruders, Poul : Schrödinger's Cat, 12 canons for violin & guitar
>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : With the Grain, for guitar & orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

David Starobin's series of "New Music with Guitar" began in 1981 with the issue of an LP of premieres by Henze, Kolb, Bland and Wuorinen. The present volume, issued 34 years later, contains a recent chamber work, a concerto for guitar and chamber ensemble, and a concerto for guitar and orchestra, joining more than 150 recordings of contemporary guitar pieces in Starobin's discography. His close relationship with dozens of leading composers has done much to develop an impressive body of work, and such is the esteem in which his work is held, that Soundboard magazine, the official organ of the Guitar Foundation of America, called him: "arguably the most influential American classical guitarist of the 20th Century."

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
As always, the performances by Mr Starobin and his colleagues are exceptional. My favorite is the Lansky, but you'll find compelling cases for all three.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: DePaul University, Chicago, IL (04/12/2007).



Reviews

Music among friends
The ninth installment of Bridge Records' New Music With Guitar series presents an interesting program of new guitar music -- music that (I think) deserves a place in the repertoire. Guitarist David Starobin has a personal connection with each composer and work, which gives these performances an added depth.

Starobin premiered Richard Wernick's "The Name of the Game" for guitar and chamber ensemble. When the piece started playing, I thought I was in for a dry, academic atonal work. But that's not the case. Although Wernick's piece moves in fits and starts, it actually has a strong tonal center. And once I got used to the language, I began to hear a more lyrical quality in the music.

"Schrödinger's Cat" by Poul Ruders is a set of 12 canons for violin and guitar that reflect the ambivalence of the title. The work was written for David Starobin, who gets right to the heart of the music. In quantum mechanics, Schrödinger's cat is a thought experiment illustrating the paradoxical concept that particles can be in two states simultaneously until observed. So, too, these canons seem to shift back and forth until they suddenly collapse into a final cadence.

Paul Lansky's 2009 guitar concerto "With the Grain" musically portrays the characteristics of various types of wood grains and was composed for Starobin. The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Justin Brown give a credible performance, though the real star is Starobin and his masterful technique. The work is the most tonally conservative of the three, (although I'd think call it more post-tonal), expansive in parts, with a hint of jazz and nod to Copland. A great ending to the album.
Submitted on 05/14/15 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Wernick, Richard : The Name of the Game, for guitar & ensemble
  • Performer: David Starobin (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Cliff Colnot
  • Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Running Time: 15 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ruders, Poul : Schrödinger's Cat, 12 canons for violin & guitar
  • Performers: Amalia Hall (Violin); David Starobin (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Lansky, Paul [Composer] : With the Grain, for guitar & orchestra
  • Performer: David Starobin (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Justin Brown
  • Running Time: 23 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009