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Michael K. Slayton: Sursum / Amy Jarman, soprano; Melissa Rose, piano; Evan Mack, piano; Jennifer McGuire, piano; Jerome Reed, piano; Joshua McGuire, guitar

Album Summary

>Slayton, Michael K. : Hommage á Bartók, fantasy and fugue for 2 pianos & percussion
>Slayton, Michael K. : Le Soir Tombe, for soprano & piano, 4 hands
>Slayton, Michael K. : Sursum, for string quartet
>Slayton, Michael K. : Sonate Droyßig, for piano
>Slayton, Michael K. : Miniatures (6) for the Sea, for guitar & piano
>Slayton, Michael K. : Dreamers' Meadows, for violin, viola, cello & piano
Performers Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

With his new album Sursum, composer Michael Slayton presents six compelling compositions, each performed by a different ensemble or solo performer. Despite the album's varied and esteemed assemblage of performers, there lies a common thread throughout in both the form of Slayton's distinguished composting style - dreamy but focused, and equal parts smooth and dissonant - as well as the imagery that the music conjures. The diverse performers and instruments only add to the character of Slayton's distinct writing approach. Each piece is particularly rich with vivid imagery - another key element that defines the album. Slayton makes a point of highlighting this, as the album's liner notes are sprinkled with tidbits about particular places each piece was composed - for example, Sonate "Droyig" bears the name of the small village in which the composition was born, while Dreamers Meadows invokes the spirit of a series of bucolic hiking trails in the mountains of West Virginia. Each listener is sure to create his or her own individual array of imagery when immersing one's self into the quixotic world of Michael Slayton's Sursum.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. John the Baptist in Aldbury, Hertfordshire, UK (04/26/2009); Turner Hall, Blair School of Music in Nashville TN (04/26/2009); St. John the Baptist in Aldbury, Hertfordshire, UK (05/10/2016); Turner Hall, Blair School of Music in Nashville TN (05/10/2016); St. John the Baptist in Aldbury, Hertfordshire, UK (05/23/2016); Turner Hall, Blair School of Music in Nashville TN (05/23/2016); St. John the Baptist in Aldbury, Hertfordshire, UK (05/24/2010); Turner Hall, Blair School of Music in Nashville TN (05/24/2010); St. John the Baptist in Aldbury, Hertfordshire, UK (10/06/2010); Turner Hall, Blair School of Music in Nashville TN (10/06/2010).



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Works Details

>Slayton, Michael K. : Hommage á Bartók, fantasy and fugue for 2 pianos & percussion
  • Ensemble: Yarn/Wire
  • Running Time: 16 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Slayton, Michael K. : Le Soir Tombe, for soprano & piano, 4 hands
  • Performers: Amy Jarman; Jerome Reed (Piano); Melissa Rose (Piano)
  • Ensemble: The Atlantic Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006

>Slayton, Michael K. : Sursum, for string quartet
  • Ensemble: The Kreutzer Quartet
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Slayton, Michael K. : Sonate Droyßig, for piano
  • Performer: Evan Mack (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Slayton, Michael K. : Miniatures (6) for the Sea, for guitar & piano
  • Performers: Jennifer McGuire (Piano); John McGuire (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Slayton, Michael K. : Dreamers' Meadows, for violin, viola, cello & piano
  • Ensemble: The Atlantic Ensemble
  • Running Time: 11 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music