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American Masterworks / Paula Robison, Timothy Hester

Album Summary

>Copland, Aaron : Duo, for flute (or violin) & piano
>Barber, Samuel : Mélodies passagères, Op. 27
>Barber, Samuel : Canzone (Elegy), for flute & piano (arr. from 2nd mvt. of the Piano Concerto), Op. 38a
>Harris, Roy : Lyric Study for flute & piano
>Beaser, Robert : Variations for flute & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Here is a welcome reissue from the late 1980's by one of America's premiere flutists, Paula Robison. Copland, Barber and Harris have long been cornerstones of American music, but when this disc was first issued, the highly accomplished Robert Beaser was still new to many listeners. When commissioned in 1981 by flutist Susan Rotholtz to write a work for flute and piano, the composer had been considering the possibilities of form and structure in a large-scale work. The tension between light and shadow, the idea that there is a dark undercurrent even where radiance and optimism dominate, is a fundamental concept in Beaser's music, and the Variations illustrates the conflict in a powerful and original way. The beautiful works by the three veteran composers are a delight to hear, especially the Barber Canzone, an adaptation of the haunting theme from the second movement of the Piano Concerto, and the Harris Lyric Study, which perfectly reveals his utterly unique and recognizable style.



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>Copland, Aaron : Duo, for flute (or violin) & piano
  • Performers: Timothy Hester (Piano); Paula Robison (Flute)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Barber, Samuel : Mélodies passagères, Op. 27
  • Performers: Timothy Hester (Piano); Paula Robison (Flute)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Barber, Samuel : Canzone (Elegy), for flute & piano (arr. from 2nd mvt. of the Piano Concerto), Op. 38a
  • Performers: Timothy Hester (Piano); Paula Robison (Flute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961

>Harris, Roy : Lyric Study for flute & piano
  • Performers: Timothy Hester (Piano); Paula Robison (Flute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Beaser, Robert : Variations for flute & piano
  • Performers: Timothy Hester (Piano); Paula Robison (Flute)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982