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Song of the Black Swan: works by Villa-Lobos, Nielsen, Cage, Debussy, Tharp et al. / Jonathan Keeble, flute; Ann Yeung, harp

Audio Samples

>Farr, Gareth : Taheke, for flute & harp
>Mahoney, Shafer : Shining River, for flute & harp
>Sanchez, Cesar : Fantasia Andina, for flute
>Susann McDonald / Linda W : Haiku for the Harp
>     Sweeping the garden / The snow is forgotten / By the broom
>     A stray cat / Asleep on the roof / In the spring rain
>Kennan, Kent : Night Soliloquy, for flute & piano (or orchestra)
>Tharp, Reynold : Chaparral, for flute & harp
>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
>Cage, John : In a Landscape
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : O canto do cysno negro (Song of the Black Swan), for cello & piano, A. 122
>Nielsen, Carl : Tagen letter (The Fog Is Lifting), for flute & harp (Moderen)

Album Summary

>Farr, Gareth : Taheke, for flute & harp
>Mahoney, Shafer : Shining River, for flute & harp
>Sanchez, Cesar : Fantasia Andina, for flute
>Susann McDonald / Linda W : Haiku for the Harp
>Kennan, Kent : Night Soliloquy, for flute & piano (or orchestra)
>Tharp, Reynold : Chaparral, for flute & harp
>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
>Cage, John : In a Landscape
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : O canto do cysno negro (Song of the Black Swan), for cello & piano, A. 122
>Nielsen, Carl : Tagen letter (The Fog Is Lifting), for flute & harp (Moderen)
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording presents works for flute and harp that seamlessly arc between the natural world and the human spirit, serving as reminders of the fragility of the environment and the ability to perceive and affect it. As the Aletheia Duo, flutist Jonathan Keeble and harpist Ann Yeung share a passion for bringing the creative possibilities of the music of this time to their audiences and have inspired critics to describe their evocative performances as having "lyricism, and above all, magic." This passion balances their commitment to reinterpreting contemporary and historic compositions for flute and harp with verve, sensitivity, and enthusiasm. Individually recognized as leading performers and exceptional pedagogues, they have been performing together since 2002. They are both on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The playing is finished and the sound is marvelous. It particularly suits the Debussy; this is my new favorite recording. Three pages of notes explain the program and the selections.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Pe (2010-12-??&2011-05-??&2011-).



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Works Details

>Farr, Gareth : Taheke, for flute & harp
  • Ensemble: Aletheia Duo
  • Notes: Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois (2010-12-??&2011-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Mahoney, Shafer : Shining River, for flute & harp
  • Ensemble: Aletheia Duo
  • Notes: Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois (2010-12-??&2011-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Sanchez, Cesar : Fantasia Andina, for flute
  • Performer: Jonathan Keeble (Flute)
  • Notes: Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois (2010-12-??&2011-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.

>Susann McDonald / Linda W : Haiku for the Harp :: Sweeping the garden / The snow is forgotten / By the broom
  • Performer: Ann Yeung (Harp)
  • Notes: Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois (2010-12-??&2011-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Kennan, Kent : Night Soliloquy, for flute & piano (or orchestra)
  • Ensemble: Aletheia Duo
  • Notes: Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois (2010-12-??&2011-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Tharp, Reynold : Chaparral, for flute & harp
  • Ensemble: Aletheia Duo
  • Notes: Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois (2010-12-??&2011-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2011

>Susann McDonald / Linda W : Haiku for the Harp :: A stray cat / Asleep on the roof / In the spring rain
  • Performer: Ann Yeung (Harp)
  • Notes: Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois (2010-12-??&2011-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Debussy, Claude : Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
  • Performer: Masumi Rostad (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Aletheia Duo
  • Notes: Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois (2010-12-??&2011-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Cage, John : In a Landscape
  • Performer: Ann Yeung (Harp)
  • Notes: Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois (2010-12-??&2011-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : O canto do cysno negro (Song of the Black Swan), for cello & piano, A. 122
  • Ensemble: Aletheia Duo
  • Notes: Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois (2010-12-??&2011-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Nielsen, Carl : Tågen letter (The Fog Is Lifting), for flute & harp (Moderen)
  • Ensemble: Aletheia Duo
  • Notes: Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois (2010-12-??&2011-05-??&2011-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920