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American Classics - Open Crossings - Teirstein: Kopanitza, etc / Cygnus Ensemble, Kiev PO, et al

Album Summary

>Teirstein, Andy : Kopanitza, for violin & viola
>Teirstein, Andy : Invention, for ensemble
>Teirstein, Andy : What is Left of Us, for 4 voices, viola & cello
>Teirstein, Andy : Suite, for string quartet
>Teirstein, Andy : The Shooting of Dan McGrew, for narrator & ensemble
>Teirstein, Andy : Movements (3), for string quartet & folk musician
>Teirstein, Andy : Turn Me Loose, for piano trio
>Teirstein, Andy : Marmures, for viola & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Andy Teirstein's background in movement theater (from his early work as a musical clown in a Mexican circus to his long association with music for dance) has given him a unique perspective on the dramatic possibilities of composition. The works heard here translate theatrical physicality into a variety of musical impulses, drawing inspiration from Balkan, Appalachian and Jewish influences, the music of Bartok, and setting the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish and Robert Service. The results juxtapose folk and new-music styles in a series of compelling and highly satisfying scenarios.



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Works Details

>Teirstein, Andy : Kopanitza, for violin & viola
  • Performers: Andy Teirstein (Viola); Yuri Vodovos (Violin)
  • Notes: Elebash Hall, New York City (10/30/2007/11/14/2007)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Teirstein, Andy : Invention, for ensemble
  • Ensemble: Cygnus Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Teirstein, Andy : What is Left of Us, for 4 voices, viola & cello
  • Performers: Andy Teirstein (Viola); Willa Roberts (Mezzo Soprano); Eva Primack (Alto); Erik Friedlander (Cello); Aurelia Schenker (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Teirstein, Andy : Suite, for string quartet :: 1. Allemande
  • Performers: Sam Kephardt (Viola); Susan Shumway (Violin); Mary Rowell (Violin); Bruce Wang (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Teirstein, Andy : Suite, for string quartet :: 2. Sarabande
  • Performers: Bruce Wang (Cello); Susan Shumway (Violin); Mary Rowell (Violin); Sam Kephardt (Viola)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Teirstein, Andy : Suite, for string quartet :: 3. Pavanne
  • Performers: Bruce Wang (Cello); Susan Shumway (Violin); Mary Rowell (Violin); Sam Kephardt (Viola)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Teirstein, Andy : Suite, for string quartet :: 4. Gigue
  • Performers: Mary Rowell (Violin); Sam Kephardt (Viola); Susan Shumway (Violin); Bruce Wang (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Teirstein, Andy : The Shooting of Dan McGrew, for narrator & ensemble
  • Performers: Yuri Vodovos (Violin); Thomas Hutchinson (Trombone); Margaret Lancaster (Flute); Robert Middleton (Clarinet); Margaret Kampmeier (Piano); Diliana Momtchilova (Cello)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Teirstein, Andy : Movements (3), for string quartet & folk musician :: 1. Limberjack
  • Performers: Andy Teirstein (Banjo); Andy Teirstein (Viola); Andy Teirstein (Harmonica)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Teirstein, Andy : Movements (3), for string quartet & folk musician :: 2. Vest Pocket
  • Performers: Andy Teirstein (Viola); Andy Teirstein (Banjo); Andy Teirstein (Harmonica)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Teirstein, Andy : Movements (3), for string quartet & folk musician :: 3. East Virginia
  • Performers: Andy Teirstein (Viola); Andy Teirstein (Harmonica); Andy Teirstein (Banjo)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Teirstein, Andy : Turn Me Loose, for piano trio :: 1. The Old Trail
  • Performers: Yuri Vodovos (Violin); Diliana Momtchilova (Cello); Norman Carey (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Alaria Trio
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Teirstein, Andy : Turn Me Loose, for piano trio :: 2. The Creek
  • Performers: Diliana Momtchilova (Cello); Yuri Vodovos (Violin); Norman Carey (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Alaria Trio
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Teirstein, Andy : Turn Me Loose, for piano trio :: 3. The Rebbe's Dance
  • Performers: Yuri Vodovos (Violin); Diliana Momtchilova (Cello); Norman Carey (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Alaria Trio
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Teirstein, Andy : Marmures, for viola & orchestra :: 1. Allegro
  • Performer: Danielle Farina (Viola)
  • Conductor: Robert Winstin
  • Ensemble: Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Teirstein, Andy : Marmures, for viola & orchestra :: 2. Lento
  • Performer: Danielle Farina (Viola)
  • Conductor: Robert Winstin
  • Ensemble: Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Teirstein, Andy : Marmures, for viola & orchestra :: 3. Presto
  • Performer: Danielle Farina (Viola)
  • Conductor: Robert Winstin
  • Ensemble: Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto