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Rochberg: Complete Flute Music, Vol. 1 - 'Caprice 'Variations; 'Between Two Worlds;' 'Slow Fires of Autumn' / Christina Jennings, flute; Lura Johnson, harp; June Han, piano

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  1. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 1, Allegro energico $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 2, Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 7, Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 8, Languido $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 10, Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 12, Andante con moto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 14, Alla guitarra. Allegretto con molto rubato $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 18, Allegro fantastico $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 20, Quasi cadenza. Andante con molto espressivo $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 21, Allegro con brio $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 23, Andante grazioso e tranquillo $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 24, Allegretto $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 25, Scherzo $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 27, Aria $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 31, Molto adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 32, Allegro assai. Burlesco $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 37, Barcarolle $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 43, Andantino $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 45, Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 50, Fantasy $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Rochberg — Caprice Variations: No. 51, Quasi presto. Robusto $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Rochberg — Ukiyo-e III "Between Two Worlds": No. 1, Fantasia $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Rochberg — Ukiyo-e III "Between Two Worlds": No. 2, Scherzoso $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Rochberg — Ukiyo-e III "Between Two Worlds": No. 3, Night Scene $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Rochberg — Ukiyo-e III "Between Two Worlds": No. 4, Sarabande $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Rochberg — Ukiyo-e III "Between Two Worlds": No. 5, Night Scene $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Rochberg — Ukiyo-e II "Slow Fires of Autumn"

Album Summary

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations
>Rochberg, George : Between Two Worlds, 5 images for flute & piano (Ukiyo-e III)
>Rochberg, George : Slow Fires of Autumn for flute & harp
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The few pieces that George Rochberg wrote for flute are as bold and individualistic as anything in his oeuvre. His ability to compose in an astonishing variety of voices is clearly shown in the Caprice Variations, based on Paganini's famous melody, in homage to composers from Bach to Bartok. Christina Jennings' transcriptions challenge the player with dynamic, technical and stylistic extremes. Rochberg's Ukiyo-e pieces are among his most beautiful and haunting works. Praised for her virtuoso technique and rich tone, flutist Christina Jennings is an acknowledged expert in Rochberg's music.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
The program opens with a transcription for solo flute by Ms Jennings of 20 of Rochberg's solo violin Caprice Variations (1970). The transcription is effective enough and might be of interest to flutists looking for virtuoso solo repertoire. As we reach mid-century, we see the composer inverting his career by returning to the more opaque neoclassicism of his earlier music. That greyer style seems indebted to his Penn colleague George Perle's "12-tone tonality". Between Two Worlds (1982) is the third of the series of Five Images for flute and piano going by the Japanese title Ukiyo-e. The third of the series is not Japanese-influenced; its 15 minutes refer to the Middle East instead. The tone is quiet and moody for four of its five movements. The earlier Slow Fires of Autumn (1979), the second of the series, is for flute and harp. The two worlds in this piece are indeed Japan and America. The energy flow is again quiet and improvisational, the ambience thoroughly Asian, especially with the harp. Evocative and sensual in its eastern sensibility, it would make a diverting interlude.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-).



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Works Details

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Allegro energico (#1)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Presto (#2)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Presto (#7)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Languido (#7)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Vivace (#10)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Andante con moto (#12)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Alla guitarra; allegretto con molto rubato (#14)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Allegro fantastico (#18)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Quasi cadenza; andante con molto espressivo (#20)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Allegro con brio (#21)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Andante grazioso e tranquillo (#23)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Allegretto (#24)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Scherzo (#25)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Aria (#27)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Molto adagio (#31)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Allegro assai; burlesca (#32)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Barcarolle (#37)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Andantino (#43)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Presto (#45)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Fantasy (#50)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Caprice Variations :: Quasi presto; robusto (#51)
  • Performer: Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Rochberg, George : Between Two Worlds, 5 images for flute & piano (Ukiyo-e III)
  • Performers: Christina Jennings (Flute); Lura Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982

>Rochberg, George : Slow Fires of Autumn for flute & harp
  • Performers: June Han (Harp); Christina Jennings (Flute)
  • Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2013-09-03_2013-09-04&2013-)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1978-1979