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Bruce Babcock: 'Time, Still' - Chamber, Vocal, & Choral Music / The Debussy Trio; Pasadena All Saints Church Choirs; James Walker et al.

Album Summary

>Babcock, Bruce : Irrational exuberance
>Babcock, Bruce : This is What I Know, songs (4) for voice, alto saxophone & piano
>Babcock, Bruce : Springscape, for flute, viola & harp
>Babcock, Bruce : All Unto Me, for chorus
>Babcock, Bruce : Metaphor Two, for piano
>Babcock, Bruce : Imagined/Remembered, sonata for cello & piano
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Applauded by Aaron Copland, inspired by Desmond Tutu, and mentored by Hugo Friedhofer and Earle Hagen, Babcock has spent his working life composing music for the musicians of Los Angeles. Successful in both film and television, and the concert hall, he is known for vibrant, sonorous, expressive pieces that immerse audience and performers alike in an inclusive and exuberant celebration of the musical art. Eleven of these musicians are featured in this collection of chamber, vocal and choral music. Five of the pieces on this album were commissions and two were winners in international competitions. All Unto Me, inspired by and dedicated to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, was performed with the Archbishop in attendance in 2011. Among the featured performers on TIME, STILL are Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra saxophonist Doug Masek, The Debussy Trio, UCLA Professor of Voice soprano Juliana Gondek, Los Angeles Bach Festival Music Director James Walker, International Prokofiev Competition Gold Medal Winner pianist Robert Thies, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Associate Principal Cellist Armen Ksajikian. Engineers include Sound Designer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and multiple Grammy Award winner Fred Vogler, and multiple Grammy Award nominee Rich Breen. Album includes web-application that features liner notes, videos, study scores, and more.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Bruce Babcock is a much-lauded, highly effective, and very prolific composer of music for television and movies. This new Navona release gathers six of his recent compositions written for the concert hall. Performances are polished to an immaculate, glowing sheen, sonics transparent and sumptuous. (Saxophonist Doug Masek gets an especially gorgeous sound out of his instrument.) The music itself is buoyant, cheerful, active, melodious, and welcoming. The language is unthreatening.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints Church in Pasadena CA (04/2008); Chapman University, Salmon Recital Hall, Orange, CA (04/2008); Olive Hall, The Colburn School for the Performing Arts (04/2008); The Bridge in Glendale CA (04/2008); Zipper Hall, The Colburn School, Los Angeles, CA (04/2008); All Saints Church in Pasadena CA (05/11/2010); Chapman University, Salmon Recital Hall, Orange, CA (05/11/2010); Olive Hall, The Colburn School for the Performing Arts (05/11/2010); The Bridge in Glendale CA (05/11/2010); Zipper Hall, The Colburn School, Los Angeles, CA (05/11/2010); All Saints Church in Pasadena CA (06/05/2011); Chapman University, Salmon Recital Hall, Orange, CA (06/05/2011); Olive Hall, The Colburn School for the Performing Arts (06/05/2011); The Bridge in Glendale CA (06/05/2011); Zipper Hall, The Colburn School, Los Angeles, CA (06/05/2011); All Saints Church in Pasadena CA (06/2006); Chapman University, Salmon Recital Hall, Orange, CA (06/2006); Olive Hall, The Colburn School for the Performing Arts (06/2006); The Bridge in Glendale CA (06/2006); Zipper Hall, The Colburn School, Los Angeles, CA (06/2006).



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Works Details

>Babcock, Bruce : Irrational exuberance
  • Performers: Douglas Masek (Alto Saxophone); David Speltz (Cello); Louise Thomas (Piano)
  • Conductor: James Walker
  • Ensemble: Coventry Choir of All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Babcock, Bruce : This is What I Know, songs (4) for voice, alto saxophone & piano
  • Performers: Juliana Gondek (Soprano); Rakefet Hak (Piano); Douglas Masek (Alto Saxophone)
  • Conductor: James Walker
  • Ensemble: Canterbury Choir of All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA
  • Running Time: 15 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Babcock, Bruce : Springscape, for flute, viola & harp
  • Ensemble: Debussy Trio
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Babcock, Bruce : All Unto Me, for chorus
  • Conductor: James Walker
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Babcock, Bruce : Metaphor Two, for piano
  • Performer: Robert Thies (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Babcock, Bruce : Imagined/Remembered, sonata for cello & piano
  • Performers: Armen Ksajikian (Cello); Robert Thies (Piano)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

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