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Chamber Music of Herrmann & Moross

Release Date: 08/24/1999 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 301   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Bernard HerrmannJerome Moross
Performer:  Jeffrey C. LernerKenneth GoldsmithLawrence WheelerAlbert Muenzer,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas Festival Chamber Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1927, Bernard Herrmann was a sixteen year old student at DeWitt Clinton High School in New York. Bored by his instructors, he eagerly sought out other rebellious spirits among his peers, and found one - a fellow composer, no less - in his German class: 14 year old Jerome Moross. A close friendship began, and for the next several years the two friends explored the musical by-ways of New York together, attending concerts and seeking out such composers as Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, George Gershwin and Morton Gould. In the early 1930s, as members of the Young Composers Group - a small band of New York composers modeled after the Russian Five, and led by Copland, Herrmann and Moross gave the first public performances of their music. Both Read more composers were inspired by the vigorous American idiom of Ives, Copland and others; but while Herrmann's music was increasingly shaped by European models, Moross was most drawn to American folk music and other popular forms. Now, all these years later, here these two friends are joined in their music on this delightful disc.

R E V I E W:

"{A]dmirers of Bernard Herrmann's film music will be mesmerized by this recording of his neglected Chamber music. The 1967 Clarinet quintet (which was available on LP) is based on Houseman's poetry, Turner's paintings, and Irish landscape; but anyone who has seen Vertigo will instantly be reminded of that score's melancholy phrases, suspensions, and sighs. This music has an exquisite sense of longing made all the more poignant by lyrical clarinet lines; it works as absolute music, but Vertigo is so indelibly in our movie-going subconscious that it is hard to get it out of our heads.... On the same disc is a 1975 Sonata for Piano Duet and String Quartet by Herrmann's longtime colleague Jerome Moross, an underrated American composer.... This work is a real charmer. Moross's sprightly melodies, syncopated rhythms, and bright harmonies are a bracing contrast to Herrmann's moodiness, making this an exceptionally balanced and attractive album of unfamiliar music." – American Record Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

Souvenirs de Voyage by Bernard Herrmann
Performer:  Jeffrey C. Lerner (Clarinet), Kenneth Goldsmith (Violin), Lawrence Wheeler (Viola),
Albert Muenzer (Violin), Terry King (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas Festival Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
Length: 28 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Echoes by Bernard Herrmann
Performer:  Eric Halen (Violin), Kenneth Goldsmith (Violin), Lawrence Wheeler (Viola),
Kevin Dvorak (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas Festival Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Length: 20 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Sonata for 2 Pianos and String Quartet in G major by Jerome Moross
Performer:  Albert Muenzer (Violin), Terry King (Cello), Lawrence Wheeler (Viola),
Kenneth Goldsmith (Violin), John Jensen (Piano), Nancy Weems (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas Festival Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; USA 
Length: 20 Minutes 1 Secs. 

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