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Aaron Jay Kernis: Three Flavors - Orchestral Works / Andrew Russo, piano; James Ehnes, violin; Albany SO; Miller

Album Summary

>Kernis, Aaron J. : Three Flavors, for piano & orchestra
>Kernis, Aaron J. : Movements (2) (with Bells), for violin & piano
>Kernis, Aaron J. : Ballade(e) out of the Blue(s), Superstar Etude no 3, for piano
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Winner of the coveted 2002 Grawemeyer Award and one of the youngest composers ever to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, Aaron Jay Kernis is among the most distinguished musical figures of his generation. Conceived as a concerto for toy piano and orchestra, and with touches of Indonesian gamelan, French lyricism and jazz, Three Flavors appears here in its final version, adapted by soloist and long- term collaborator Andrew Russo. Commissioned for renowned violinist James Ehnes, the introspective Two Movements (with Bells) is a memorial to the composer's father with echoes of blues singing and improvisatory impetuousness, while the virtuoso Superstar Etude No. 3 is his homage to Gershwin and the blues. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis (b. 1960) studied composition with American heavyweights John Adams, Jacob Druckman, Morton Subotnik and Charles Wuorinen. He has developed a truly eclectic musical language over time, initially rigorous but evolving toward a new transparency and emotional eloquence. He incorporates influences of Latin rhythms, jazz and rap into his work as willingly as the harmonic worlds of the Romantic masters, the Renaissance and Hildegard von Bingen.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Aaron Jay Kernis's Three Flavors (2002/2013) is an arrangement of the composer's concerto for toy piano and orchestra. In the usual fastslow- fast three movements dreaminess pervades all. Two Movements (with Bells) (2007), for violin and piano, was written in memory of the composer's father, an enthusiastic jazz aficionado. Ballad(e) Out of the Blue(s) (2007), for piano, is the third of Kernis's Superstar Etudes: this one for Gershwin.



Reviews

Three Flavors of Exuberance
This album presents three works by American composer Aaron Jay Kernis. They were all written between 2002 and 2007, providing a snapshot of Kernis' evolving style. And that style is engaging, accessible, and exuberant.

Three Flavors began life as a concerto for toy piano and orchestra. While Kernis revised the work for a grand piano, he retained its sense of fun. From the driving ostinato of the first movement through the gorgeous lullaby of the second to the jazz-inflected finale, this is a concerto that appeals on many levels. I enjoyed it the first time I heard it, and with repeated listening grew to appreciate the imaginative orchestration and thematic structure of the work.

Two Movements (with Bells) is an homage to Kernis' father, with echoes of mid-century blues and jazz skillfully woven into its evocative melodies. This virtuoso work was commissioned for violinist James Ehnes, and in this recording he owns it.

The Superstar Etude No. 3 is an homage to George Gershwin, but I didn't need to read the liner notes to know that. This ferocious piano piece captures the spirit of Gershwin, equally at home in the classical and jazz worlds. And Kernis does so without losing his own compositional voice.

Pianist Andrew Russo is a long-term collaborator with Kernis. His performances show the deep understanding he has of this music, and in my opinion, brings out their full potential. This was one recording I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish.
Submitted on 07/09/15 by RGraves321 
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>Kernis, Aaron J. : Three Flavors, for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Andrew Russo (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Miller
  • Ensemble: Albany Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 26 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2002

>Kernis, Aaron J. : Movements (2) (with Bells), for violin & piano
  • Performers: James Ehnes (Violin); Andrew Russo (Piano)
  • Notes: Setnor Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (12/20/2011-12/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2007

>Kernis, Aaron J. : Ballade(e) out of the Blue(s), Superstar Etude no 3, for piano
  • Performer: Andrew Russo (Piano)
  • Notes: Setnor Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (12/20/2011-12/21/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2007