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Peter Lieuwen (b.1953): Concertos / Nicholas Jones, cello; Andrzej Grabiec, violin; Leonel Morales, piano; Jesus Morales, marimba; Slovak NSO, Franz Anton Krager

Album Summary

>Lieuwen, Peter : Concerto for Cello
>Lieuwen, Peter : Romance, for violin, cello & piano
>Lieuwen, Peter : Vivace, for chamber orchestra
>Lieuwen, Peter : Concerto for piano, marimba & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The composer Peter Lieuwen was born in 1953 in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and grew up in New Mexico. He studied at the University of New Mexico and the University of California at Santa Barbara with composers Peter Racine Fricker, Edward Applebaum, and Emma Lou Diemer, among others. From 1984 to 1987, he taught composition at UC Santa Barbara. Since 1988, he has been on the faculty of Texas A & M University, where from 2000 to 2005, he served as the inaugural head of the Department of Performance Studies. He is currently Professor of Music and Composer-in- Residence there. His compositions on this new CD are appealing, well crafted, beautifully performed and recorded. Here is a disc of contemporary music which should be able to find a large audience.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Moores Opera House, University of Houston, Houston, Tex (02/10/2011); Slovak Radio, Studio 1, Bratislava, Slovakia (02/10/2011); The Geary Performance Studio, Mulcher Center for Public (02/10/2011); Moores Opera House, University of Houston, Houston, Tex (07/11/2010); Slovak Radio, Studio 1, Bratislava, Slovakia (07/11/2010); The Geary Performance Studio, Mulcher Center for Public (07/11/2010); Moores Opera House, University of Houston, Houston, Tex (10/22/2013); Slovak Radio, Studio 1, Bratislava, Slovakia (10/22/2013); The Geary Performance Studio, Mulcher Center for Public (10/22/2013).



Reviews

Buoyant and animated
This is a release I'd like to keep on hand for all those curmudgeons who complain that contemporary classical music is ugly and unlistenable. Peter Lieuwen's compositions are anything but.

There's a certain exuberance in his music that I find appealing. My impression is that Lieuwen isn't concerned with discovering new sounds never heard before -- he just wants to create the best music possible using the tools already at hand.

And in that, I think he succeeds. While his music is decidedly tonal, it's also contemporary in character and form. And while it's accessible to the first-time listener, the music's substantial enough to merit repeated plays.

The first movement of Lieuwen's 2012 Cello Concerto is marked "buoyant and animated," and that's exactly how cellist Nicholas Jones plays it. I found the cello's tone a little pinched, but I think that was more the fault of the recording than the playing. The 2008 Concerto for Piano, Marimba, and Orchestra was written for brothers Leonel and Jesus Morales (piano and marimba, respectively). It's an unusual combination of solo instruments, but one that works really well.

Lieuwen actually uses both vibraphone and marimba as solo keyboard percussion instruments. Both are used quite effectively. This is a concerto that should definitely enter the repertoire. The solo passages for keyboard percussion and the piano have a give-and-take to them that (I assume) is a musical expression of the brothers' relationship. I got the impression this concerto would be great fun to see live.

If you're a fan of the new traditionalists, such as Kevin Puts or Carter Pann, I think you'll find much to enjoy in the music of Peter Lieuwen.
Submitted on 09/23/16 by RGraves321 
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>Lieuwen, Peter : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Nicholas Jones (Cello)
  • Conductor: Franz Krager
  • Ensemble: Slovak National Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2012

>Lieuwen, Peter : Romance, for violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Andrzej Grabiec (Violin); Carlo Lapegna (Piano); Misha Quint (Cello)
  • Conductor: Franz Krager
  • Ensemble: Texas Music Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Lieuwen, Peter : Vivace, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Franz Krager
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2010

>Lieuwen, Peter : Concerto for piano, marimba & orchestra
  • Performers: Jesús Morales (Marimba); Leonel Morales (Piano)
  • Conductor: Franz Krager
  • Running Time: 26 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008