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Charles Bestor (b.1924): Chamber Music / Lynn Kock, saxophone; Eduardo Leandro, percussion; Estela Olevsky, piano; Astrid Schween, cello; Paulina Stark, soprano; Jon Humphrey, tenor; Nigel Coxe, piano; and more

Audio Samples

  1. Suite for Alto Saxophone and Percussion: I. Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Suite for Alto Saxophone and Percussion: II. Chaconne $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Suite for Alto Saxophone and Percussion: III. Moto Perpetuo $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Suite for Alto Saxophone and Percussion: IV. Aubade $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Suite for Alto Saxophone and Percussion: V. Scherzo $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Suite for Alto Saxophone and Percussion: VI. Postlude $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Thirteen Other Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
  8. "J.B." Suite for wind sextet: I. Balloons, Popcorn & the Staring Stars $0.99 on iTunes
  9. "J.B." Suite for wind sextet: III. The Lucky Jig of Patrick Sullivan $0.99 on iTunes
  10. "J.B." Suite for wind sextet: IV. Promenade for a Purple Poodle $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Sonata for Cello and Piano: I. Fantasie $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Sonata for Cello and Piano: II. Scherzo $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Sonata for Cello and Piano: III. Love song $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Sonata for Cello and Piano: IV. Afterthought $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Of Times and their Places: I. Awake Once More in Spring $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Of Times and their Places: II. It Is a Fine Evening $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Of Times and their Places: III. Nights, in My Small Voice I Call You $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Of Times and their Places: IV. My Summer Love, Too Late $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Ann in Autumn: I. The Maple at My Window Weeps $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Ann in Autumn: II. Things Unseen $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Ann in Autumn: III. The Ragged Wood $0.99 on iTunes
  22. More Sorts of Love Songs: I. A Waltz for Ms. Watermelon $0.99 on iTunes
  23. More Sorts of Love Songs: II. For Wendy $0.99 on iTunes
  24. More Sorts of Love Songs: V. Serenade for Neil $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Nursery Rhymes for Grown-Ups: I. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Nursery Rhymes for Grown-Ups: II. C-C-C-Cady $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Nursery Rhymes for Grown-Ups: III. A Vocalease for Marlena $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Nursery Rhymes for Grown-Ups: IV. All Through the Night $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Nursery Rhymes for Grown-Ups: V. The Jabberwocky $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Nursery Rhymes for Grown-Ups: VI. Starlight Star Bright $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bestor, Charles : Suite for alto saxophone & percussion
>Bestor, Charles : Sonata for Piano no 2 (Thirteen Other Ways of Looking at a Blackbird)
>Bestor, Charles : J.B., suite for flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, bassoon & percussion
>Bestor, Charles : Sonata for cello & piano
>Bestor, Charles : Of Times and Their Places
>Bestor, Charles : Ann in Autumn, for tenor & piano
>Bestor, Charles : More Sorts of Love Songs, for piano
>Bestor, Charles : Nursery Rhymes for Grown-Ups, for soprano & piano
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This 2-CD set honors the life and career of Charles Bestor with a selection of his late chamber music. Bestor (1924-2016) studied at Yale with Paul Hindemith after returning from service in World War II; t en at Juilliard where he was a student of Vincent Persichetti and Peter Mennin. Bestor worked as a jazz arranger to supplement his income as a composer but turned to teaching. He taught at the University of Colorado; Juilliard; was Dean of the College of Music of Willamette University; but his longest tenure (35 years) was as Head of the Departments of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts. He continued to compose, tending toward shorter works because of time constraints. The compositions on this recording include song cycles; a suite for saxophone and piano; a cello sonata; a work for chamber ensemble; and a work for narrator and piano.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bezanson Recital Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amh (08/17/2015-08/19/2015); Buckley Hall, Amherst College, MA (08/17/2015-08/19/2015); Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY (08/17/2015-08/19/2015); Bezanson Recital Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amh (09/17/2015); Buckley Hall, Amherst College, MA (09/17/2015); Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY (09/17/2015); Bezanson Recital Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amh (10/05/2015); Buckley Hall, Amherst College, MA (10/05/2015); Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY, Stony Brook, NY (10/05/2015).



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Works Details

>Bestor, Charles : Suite for alto saxophone & percussion
  • Performers: Lynn Klock (Alto Saxophone); Eduardo Leandro (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Stony Brook Contemporary Players
  • Running Time: 14 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bestor, Charles : Sonata for Piano no 2 (Thirteen Other Ways of Looking at a Blackbird)
  • Performer: Estela Olevsky (Piano)
  • Notes: Buckley Hall, Amherst College, MA (08/17/2015-08/19/2015)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2004

>Bestor, Charles : J.B., suite for flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, bassoon & percussion
  • Conductor: Eduardo Leandro
  • Ensemble: Stony Brook Contemporary Players
  • Running Time: 13 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bestor, Charles : Sonata for cello & piano
  • Performers: Estela Olevsky (Piano); Astrid Schween (Cello)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bestor, Charles : Of Times and Their Places
  • Performers: Estela Olevsky (Piano); Paulina Stark (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bestor, Charles : Ann in Autumn, for tenor & piano
  • Performers: Jon Humphrey (Tenor); Estela Olevsky (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Bestor, Charles : More Sorts of Love Songs, for piano
  • Performer: Nigel Coxe (Piano)
  • Notes: Buckley Hall, Amherst College, MA (08/17/2015-08/19/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bestor, Charles : Nursery Rhymes for Grown-Ups, for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Estela Olevsky (Piano); Dana Varga
  • Notes: Buckley Hall, Amherst College, MA (08/17/2015-08/19/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern