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Embrace the Wind - Chamber Music for the Native American Flute

Rubin / Bliss / Snyder / Pellerite
Release Date: 01/14/2014 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1465   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Justin RubinMarilyn BlissRandall SnyderDavid DeBoor Canfield,   ... 
Performer:  Lindsey McLennanJames J. PelleriteAmanda RussoBrian Blume,   ... 
Conductor:  Dominick Diorio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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EMBRACE THE WIND James J. Pellerite, 1 Karen Evans Moratz (fl); Lindsey McLennon 1 , Christine Buras 2 (sop); Amanda Russo 3 (mez); Mason Copeland 4 (ten); Andrew Rader 5 (ct); Julian Morris 6 (b bar); Brian Blume Read more class="SUPER12">7 (perc); Andrew Francois 8 (va); Cole Tutino 9 , Rachel Patrick 10 (vc); Dominick DiOrio 11 , cond ALBANY 1465 (61:11)

RUBIN 1,3 Lone Figures Floating. BLISS 7 Spirit Dance. 1 Blue Dawn. SNYDER 1 Études in Wood. 1 Native Scenes. FRIENDLY 2,4,5,6,11 Prelude to Silence. CANFIELD 8,9,10 Mystique of the Northern Plains. HEINS Legends. MAULDIN 1 ,9 Song for a Windless Night. PARKER 7 Rainmaker

James Pellerite combines his augmented Native American flute tones with the music of other players and singers on this recording, proving that the wooden instrument can be an active participant in various types of chamber music. The augmentation on his instrument allows him to have a full chromatic scale, without which he could not play the full range of classical flute music. Pellerite plays with a slightly wider vibrato than R. Carlos Nakai or Richard Blackhawk Kapusta, but his phrasing is musical and his tone beautifully lyric. Justin Rubin’s Lone Figures Floating is a smoothly rendered lyrical piece for Native flute, soprano, and mezzo-soprano. Marilyn Bliss’s Spirit Dance would be great music for a hoop dance. Its percussion recalls nature by imitating the rhythmic warning of a rattlesnake. Her Blue Dawn features a Native flute obbligato over the warm, woody tones of the cello. Selections from Randall Snyder’s Études in Wood are played in three places on this disc. Originally written for bamboo flute, Snyder reworked the Études for Pellerite’s instrument, adding considerably to their technical difficulty. Snyder, whose music weaves a colorful tapestry, accompanies the Native flute with the commonly heard transverse flute and an alto flute, both of which are played with finesse by Karen Evans Moratz. Some of his short pieces, such as “Plaintive,” are sad while others, such as “Fast and Light,” restore the listener’s mood to thoughts of a happy childhood. In his Native Scenes , Snyder demonstrates the wooden flute’s versatility as he combines it with Moratz’s transverse flute.

Ray Friendly’s Prelude to Silence features the Native flute together with soprano, countertenor, tenor, and bass-baritone in a setting of The Lord is My Shepherd . It’s a fascinating cross-cultural piece, rather like the folk art found in many reservation churches. David DeBoor Canfield’s Mystique of the Northern Plains for Native flute and string trio is a delightfully modern piece of chamber music that could fit into almost any program. Pellerite plays with an excellent chamber ensemble consisting of violinist Rachel Patrick, violist Andrew Francois, and cellist Cole Tutino. In Michael Mauldin’s Song for a Windless Night, Native flute and cello accompany soprano Lindsey McLennan as she sings the soulful verses of New Mexico poet Peggy Pond Church. John Heins’s Legends evokes the mysteries of the elusive Northern Lights as well as images of the Thunderbird whose beating wings bring thunder and wind to the world. Philip Parker’s Rainmaker for Native flute and percussion is a serious piece about life in the Southwest. Rain means food and life for animals and humans; without it nothing can stay alive. The music on this disc is new and fresh. Much of it packs an emotional wallop and it deserves to be heard by lovers of both Native American and classical music. Pellerite and his fellow musicians communicate a wide range of emotion on a disc that features clear, pristine sound. I enjoyed this recording immensely, and I think readers will want to own it.

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Works on This Recording

Lone Figures Floating, for female voices & Native American flute by Justin Rubin
Performer:  Lindsey McLennan (), James J. Pellerite (Native American Fl.), Amanda Russo ()
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 7 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Spirit Dance, for Native American flute & maracas by Marilyn Bliss
Performer:  Brian Blume (Maracas), James J. Pellerite (Native American Fl.)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Etudes in Wood, for flute, alto flute & Native American flute by Randall Snyder
Performer:  James J. Pellerite (Native American Fl.), Karen Moratz (Flute)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Mystique of the Northern Plains, for Native American flute & string trio by David DeBoor Canfield
Performer:  Rachel Patrick (Violin), Cole Tutino (Cello), Andrew Francois (Viola),
James J. Pellerite (Native American Fl.)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 10 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Native Scenes, for flute & Native American flute by Randall Snyder
Performer:  Karen Moratz (Flute), James J. Pellerite (Native American Fl.)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Blue Dawn, for Native American flute & cello by Marilyn Bliss
Performer:  James J. Pellerite (Native American Fl.), Cole Tutino (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Legends, for Native American flute by John Heins
Performer:  James J. Pellerite (Native American Fl.)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Song for a Windless Night, for soprano, Native American flute & cello by Michael Mauldin
Performer:  Lindsey McLennan (), Cole Tutino (Cello), James J. Pellerite (Native American Fl.)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Rainmaker, for Native American flute & percussion by Philip Parker
Performer:  James J. Pellerite (Native American Fl.), Brian Blume (Percussion)
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 7 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Prelude to Silence, for Native American flute by Ray Friendly
Performer:  James J. Pellerite (Native American Fl.), Christine Buras (), Julian Morris (Bass Baritone),
Mason [Tenor Vocal] Copeland (), Andrew Rader ()
Conductor:  Dominick Diorio
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 

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