1 800 222 6872

Sound Vessels - Carter, Helps, etc / Kluksdahl, et al

Album Summary

>Wernick, Richard : Duo for cello & piano
>Helps, Robert : Duo for Cello and Piano
>Carter, Elliott : Sonata for Cello and Piano
>Thomas, Augusta Read : Chant for Cello/Viola and Piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Here are major works for cello and piano by four of the USA's serious composers. Each one speaks the traditional language of classical music in an effortless way, without recourse to the leavening influence of popular music or minimalism, serialism, or any of the other isms that serve to limit musical expression. Sounds dull? Well, it's a little surprising these days to hear a program where wit and sentiment are expressed so directly, unvarnished by regional accents or other influences. Richard Wernick (b. 1934) writes a three movement Duo with a short Scherzo for a middle movement, cut off in midstream as he was composing it on 9/11, after which comes a movement called 'Remembrance'. The contrast between that and the foregoing is powerful, yet tasteful and well balanced; and the music returns finally to the opening. This is a fine piece. Robert Helps (b. 1928) emphasizes counterpoint and involvement in his short one movement Duo. It creates a satisfying world picture in less than 7 minutes. The best-known composer here is Elliott Carter (b. 1908). His early (1948) Cello Sonata is well known and for good reason. It strikes an exciting balance between consonance and dissonance and expresses a great deal in its four movements in a very satisfactory way. Finally, Augusta Read Thomas (b. 1964) gives us a lyrical work lasting 10 minutes that emphasizes the lyrical in a powerful and expressive manner. Kluksdahl and Cassidy-Polera are solid players who perform this strong material in a convincing way, making the most of the different characters portrayed by the music. This is one of the most satisfying programs of 20th Century American cello music to come my way in some time." -ARG



Reviews

There are currently no reviews, be the first one!
Login or Create an Account to write a review
 

Also Purchased



Previous


Next


Works Details

>Wernick, Richard : Duo for cello & piano
  • Performers: Scott Kluksdahl (Cello); Noreen Cassidy-Polera (Piano)
  • Notes: Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA (09/06/2004/09/07/2004)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Helps, Robert : Duo for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Scott Kluksdahl (Cello); Noreen Cassidy-Polera (Piano)
  • Notes: Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA (09/06/2004/09/07/2004)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977

>Carter, Elliott : Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Performers: Scott Kluksdahl (Cello); Noreen Cassidy-Polera (Piano)
  • Notes: Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA (09/06/2004/09/07/2004)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Thomas, Augusta Read : Chant for Cello/Viola and Piano
  • Performers: Scott Kluksdahl (Cello); Noreen Cassidy-Polera (Piano)
  • Notes: Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA (09/06/2004/09/07/2004)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990