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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

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
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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