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Dan Visconti: Lonesome Roads / Horszowski Trio

Album Summary

>Visconti, Dan : Black Bend, for string quartet
>Visconti, Dan : Lawless Airs, for violin & harp
>Visconti, Dan : Ramble and Groove, for bassoon
>Visconti, Dan : Hard-Knock Stomp, for viola
>Visconti, Dan : Drift of Rainbows, for 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, celeste, 3 blow-organs & delay unit
>Visconti, Dan : Fractured Jams, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
>Visconti, Dan : Remembrances, for cello & piano
>Visconti, Dan : Low Country Haze, for chamber orchestra
>Visconti, Dan : Lonesome Roads, for piano trio
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Lonesome Roads" is the first full-length CD of music by the 30-year old American, Dan Visconti (b. 1982). Annotator Daniel Felsenfeld writes: "Lonesome Roads is a nod to the American century. The grit and vernacular of the Minimalists. Can be found in the bassoon solo called Ramble and Groove, and the blues-soaked string quartet Black Bend; the raw, unfettered beauty of the Neo-Romantics is in the plainspun prettiness of Lawless Airs; and the compositional rigor and adherence to lofty notions of the High Modernists is in the opening movements of Fractured Jams. And there are pieces, like Low Country Haze or Lonesome Roads that either meld or ignore these mostly obsolete distinctions for music that is just plain rapturous to hear." Performances are by members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Horszowski Trio.

Expedition Audio Recommended
The opening track, Black Bend for string quintet, starts with what sounds like distant train whistles and buzzing insects. Then we hear a train on its tracks and a simple tune from a single violin. More string players are added, and the music grows subtly bluesy. Suddenly, it breaks, and all five players wailing the blues! This was when, my first time through, I picked up the booklet to see who these fabulous players were and was completely stunned to see that they are all members of the Berlin Philharmonic!... read more ...

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Dan Visconti may appeal to you. Black Bend is an appropriate opening to the program, as it contains all later parts. Hard-Knock Stomp continues the southern stylization. Drift of Rainbows is the neo-romantic height of the program. With the cowboy song, Lawless Airs, the blues.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kammermusiksaal, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (05/13/2009-05/19/2009); Performing Arts Center, Theater C, SUNY College at Purc (05/13/2009-05/19/2009); Kammermusiksaal, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany (07/26/2012); Performing Arts Center, Theater C, SUNY College at Purc (07/26/2012).



Reviews

Music for explorers
Dan Visconti is a composer who's equally at home with classical and popular music traditions. The works on "Lonesome Roads" benefit from this convergence. Their vernacular gestures and rhythms help audiences immediately connect with them, giving even non-classical listeners readily understood points of reference. And the classical underpinnings to the works give them a satisfying complexity and structural integrity that reveals new details and relationships with every hearing.

This album presents a sampler of Visconti's chamber music. And while there is a certain consistency of aesthetic, the variety between the individual pieces is remarkable. "Remembrances" is a sweetly post-romantic work for cello and piano that's quite beautiful and serene. "Fractured Jams" is a series of abrupt mood changes, beginning with a movement full of sudden outbursts and halting motion, and ending with a rag distorted through a fun house mirror.

"Low Country Haze," for chamber orchestra shows Visconti's skill as an orchestrator. The music seems to coalesce out of the air, resolving into something that hangs shimmering before the listener. "Drift of Rainbows," for chamber orchestra and delay unit, has a similar quality to it. Think Arvo Part meets Barber's "Agnus Dei."

Then there's "Hard-Knock Stomp," a bluesy work for solo viola. And "Ramble and Groove" for solo bassoon -- a work that encourages the performer to make rude noises with his instrument (one of my favorite tracks).

"Lonesome Roads" is the centerpiece of this album. It's a fast-paced single movement work for piano trio. String techniques borrowed from bluegrass suggest rural roadways, while the relentless pressing of the rock-inspired rhythms imply that we're driving ever onward over these two-lane county roads hurrying towards an undisclosed destination.

This is an album for explorers. If you're fed up with Top 40 and are exploring the boundries of alternative music, "Lonesome Roads" will take you just a little further. If you're tired of the same old/same old classical repertoire, and are looking for something other than dry academic exercises, "Lonesome Roads" will renew your faith in classical music's contemporary relevance.
Submitted on 07/24/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Visconti, Dan : Black Bend, for string quartet
  • Performers: Richard Duven (Cello); Wolfram Brandl (Violin); Christoph Streuli (Violin); Micha Afkham (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Horszowski Trio
  • Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Visconti, Dan : Lawless Airs, for violin & harp
  • Performers: Marie-Pierre Langlamet (Harp); Christoph Streuli (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Visconti, Dan : Ramble and Groove, for bassoon
  • Performer: Markus Weidmann (Bassoon)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Visconti, Dan : Hard-Knock Stomp, for viola
  • Performer: Micha Afkham (Viola)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Visconti, Dan : Drift of Rainbows, for 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, celeste, 3 blow-organs & delay unit
  • Performers: Richard Duven (Cello); Wolfram Brandl (Violin); Majella Stockhausen; Jan Schlichte (Percussion); Christoph Streuli (Violin); Micha Afkham (Viola)
  • Conductor: Michael Hasel
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Visconti, Dan : Fractured Jams, for clarinet, violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Richard Duven (Cello); Wolfram Brandl (Violin); Alexander Bader (Clarinet); Majella Stockhausen (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2006

>Visconti, Dan : Remembrances, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Majella Stockhausen (Piano); Richard Duven (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008

>Visconti, Dan : Low Country Haze, for chamber orchestra
  • Performers: Markus Weidmann (Bassoon); Alexander Bader (Clarinet); Majella Stockhausen (Piano); Rebecca Lenton (Piccolo); Rebecca Lenton (Flute); Jan Schlichte (Percussion); Stefan Jezierski (Horn); Christoph Streuli (Violin); Micha Afkham (Viola); Richard Duven (Cello); Wolfram Brandl (Violin)
  • Conductor: Michael Hasel
  • Ensemble: Members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Visconti, Dan : Lonesome Roads, for piano trio
  • Ensemble: Horszowski Trio
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2012