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American Chamber Music From The Sixties - Rhodes, Et Al


Release Date: 06/22/1999 
Label:  New World Records   Catalog #: 80563   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Phillip RhodesRobert EricksonPeter WestergaardEdwin Dugger,   ... 
Performer:  Robert SylvesterPaul ZukofskyStuart DempsterLawrence Dwyer,   ... 
Conductor:  David Epstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia University Group for Contemporary Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

From refined formality to unpredictable unruliness, the character of the pieces in this recording illustrates the wide range of expression in American concert music of the 1960s. An emphasis on timbre and texture, a rigorous sense of form, and a demand for performer virtuosity characterize all five of the works on this disc. Otherwise, they explore strikingly diverse terrains. Philip Rhodes's Duo for Violin and Cello is an exploration of timbral eccentricities and special effects. Currently teaching at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, Rhodes was a student of Iain Hamilton, Donald Martino and Mel Powell. Harvey Sollberger describes his meticulously patterned Grand Quartet for Flutes, from 1962, as "dedicated to the memory of Read more German-Danish flutist composer of the last century, Friedrich Kuhlau. The dedication of my quartet is my way of thanking the shade of Kuhlau for the pleasure his works have afforded me over the many years that I have played the flute." A dramatic contrast to both works is the wildly expressionistic Ricercar a 5 for Trombones, written in 1966 by Robert Erickson. Born in Marquette, Michigan, Erickson was a student of Ernest Krenek and, like Sollberger, was Professor of Music at the University of California at San Diego, where he taught until his death in 1997. A more delicate aesthetic whispers through Peter Westergaard's 1963 Variations for Six Players. Westergaard is the William Schubel Conant Professor of Music at Princeton University. He studied with a formidable group of teachers, including Walter Piston at Harvard, Darius Milhaud at the Paris Conservatory, Roger Sessions at Princeton and Wolfgang Fortner in Germany. The lonely cello sigh announcing the lyrical theme at the beginning of the Variations recalls none of these, however, so much as the haunting stillness of Webern. Edwin Dugger's 1966 Music for Synthesizer and Six Instruments represents another development of the 60s avant-garde, experiments in electronic sound. As computers and synthesizers increasingly dominate pop idioms - often with a mechanical, homogenizing effect - it is useful to recall their poetic, largely unrealized potential. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Duo for Violin and Cello by Phillip Rhodes
Performer:  Robert Sylvester (Cello), Paul Zukofsky (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
2.
Ricercar à 5 for 5 Trombones by Robert Erickson
Performer:  Stuart Dempster (Trombone), Lawrence Dwyer (Trombone), Frank Harmantas (Trombone),
Lynn Newton (Trombone), Paul Vander Gheynst (Trombone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
3.
Variations for 6 Players by Peter Westergaard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia University Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
4.
Music for Synthesizer and 6 Instruments by Edwin Dugger
Performer:  Robert DiDomenica (Piccolo), Peter Bowman (Oboe), William Wrzesien (Clarinet),
Max Winder (Violin), Bernard Kadinoff (Viola), Charles Kiefer (Tapes),
Robert DiDomenica (Flute), Stephen Geber (Cello)
Conductor:  David Epstein
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
5.
Grand Quartet for 4 Flutes by Harvey Sollberger
Performer:  Sophie Sollberger (Flute), Harvey Sollberger (Flute), Thomas Nyfenger (Flute),
David Gilbert (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 

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