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'WAM' - Music of Michael Finnissy (b.1946) & Michael Norsworthy / Michael Finnissy, piano & percussion; William Fedkenheuer, violin; Michael Norsworthy, clarinet

Album Summary

>Finnissy, Michael : Sonata for clarinet & piano
>Finnissy, Michael : L'Union Libre, for clarinet, 2 pianos & 2 bass drums
>Finnissy, Michael : Mike, Brian, Marilyn & the Cats, for clarinet, piano & recorded sound
>Finnissy, Michael : WAM, for piano & 2 unspecified treble instruments
>Finnissy, Michael : Giant Abstract Samba, for clarinet & wind ensemble
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In WAM, British composer Michael Finnissy plays with various elements of "musical culture" - rearranging and recontextualizing old "classics", writing chamber music without traditional synchronicity, and allowing performers the freedom to reorder their pages of music. Through this deconstruction of classical conventions, Finnissy creates music that is endlessly surprising and wide-ranging in its emotional character.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory (06/2006); The University of Southampton, UK (06/2006); Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory (11/2002); The University of Southampton, UK (11/2002).



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>Finnissy, Michael : Sonata for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: Michael Finnissy (Percussion); Michael Finnissy (Piano); Michael Norsworthy (Clarinet); Michael Norsworthy (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Charles Peltz
  • Ensemble: NEC Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 18 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Finnissy, Michael : L'Union Libre, for clarinet, 2 pianos & 2 bass drums
  • Performers: Michael Finnissy (Percussion); Michael Finnissy (Piano); Michael Norsworthy (Clarinet); Michael Norsworthy (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Finnissy, Michael : Mike, Brian, Marilyn & the Cats, for clarinet, piano & recorded sound
  • Performers: Michael Finnissy (Percussion); Michael Finnissy (Piano); Michael Norsworthy (Clarinet); Michael Norsworthy (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Finnissy, Michael : WAM, for piano & 2 unspecified treble instruments
  • Performers: William Fedkenheuer (Violin); Michael Finnissy (Percussion); Michael Finnissy (Piano); Michael Norsworthy (Clarinet); Michael Norsworthy (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Finnissy, Michael : Giant Abstract Samba, for clarinet & wind ensemble
  • Performers: Michael Norsworthy (Clarinet); Michael Norsworthy (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Charles Peltz
  • Ensemble: New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble
  • Running Time: 13 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live