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Brian Fennelly: The Other Side Of Time

Fennelly / New England Wind Ens / Peltz
Release Date: 08/14/2012 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1350   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Brian Fennelly
Performer:  Jean KopperudChris GekkerRita Sloan
Conductor:  Joel Eric SubenDavid DzubayLouis KarchinCharles Peltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moravian Philharmonic OrchestraIu New Music EnsembleDuo Parnas,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

FENNELLY Sigol. 1 Fantasia Concertante. 2 Tropes and Echoes. 3 Corollary III. 4 The Other Side of Time 5 3 Jeanne Kopperud (cl); 2 Duo Parnas; 4 Chris Gekker (tr); Read more class="SUPER12">4 Rita Sloan (pn); 1 Joel Eric Suben, 2 David Dzubay, 3 Louis Karchin, 5 Charles Peltz, conds; 1 Moravian P; 2 IU New Music Ensemble; 3 Washington Square Ens; 5 NEC Wind Ens ALBANY 1350 (72:39)

After obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering and serving a stint in the United States Air Force, Brian Fennelly studied music with Gunther Schuller, Allen Forte and George Perle at Yale. He completed his doctorate there in 1968 and has been teaching, performing, and composing ever since. Until 1997, he taught at New York University, from which he is now professor emeritus. His works have been a part of the contemporary music scene in both the 20th and 21st centuries, and they have moved through several stylistic changes. Fennelly’s music is tonal and often jazz influenced. This disc is a good choice for anyone who wants to start collecting contemporary music because the pieces are accessible and relatively short. The longest is Tropes and Echoes which runs for less than 20 minutes. As played here by the nine-member Washington Square Ensemble, it is a chamber version of Tropes and Echoes for Clarinet and Orchestra . The smaller group shows off the clarinet in a most transparent setting that lets the listener absorb the glorious tones of the instrument played by Jean Kopperud. All of the Fennelly works performed on this disc have considerable variety and each features a different group of instruments. Sigol, in the 2007 opus Sigol for Strings , refers to the composer’s granddaughter, Sigol Sarah Fennelly, who must be a delightful young lady to elicit the music we hear in Dreams and Fantasies. Perhaps the fugue describes her playing out of doors on a windy day when the leaves of all the plants in the yard are moving as fast as she is. Fennelly paints some beautiful sound pictures and the Moravian Philharmonic conducted by Joel Eric Suben plays them passionately.

The Fantasia Concertante was written in 2009 and, like Sigol for Strings , it is based on Fennelly’s Third String Quartet. It was commissioned by the Duo Parnas, which consists of violinist Madalyn Parnas, and cellist Cicely Parnas who are the grand daughters of cellist Leslie Parnas. Here they play it with Indiana University’s famous New Music Ensemble under the extremely capable direction of David Dzubay. Also a composer, Dzubay is chair of the Music Department at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. The 1989 work Corolary III is a lyrical piece for trumpet and piano. Trumpeter Chris Gekker can scale his playing down so that it combines well with Rita Sloan’s piano and they play an exquisite duet. There are actually four corollaries, each written for a different wind instrument and piano. It would be interesting to hear all of them on a recording in the future. The most recent work on this disc is the title piece, The Other Side of Time , performed here by the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble directed by Charles Peltz who commissioned the work for his group. Fennelly’s music brings out many interesting harmonies and rhythms in various combinations from the ensemble’s 30 wind, brass, and percussion instruments. The works have been recorded at various times between 2008 and 2011 in different halls but the performances have been well knit together for this excellent and most fascinating disc.

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Works on This Recording

Sigol for Strings by Brian Fennelly
Conductor:  Joel Eric Suben
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th/21st Centuries 
Written: USA 
Fantasia Concertante by Brian Fennelly
Conductor:  David Dzubay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iu New Music Ensemble,  Duo Parnas
Period: 20th/21st Centuries 
Written: USA 
Tropes and Echoes by Brian Fennelly
Performer:  Jean Kopperud (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Louis Karchin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Washington Square Ensemble
Period: 20th/21st Centuries 
Written: USA 
Corollary III by Brian Fennelly
Performer:  Chris Gekker (Trumpet), Rita Sloan (Piano)
Period: 20th/21st Centuries 
Written: USA 
The Other Side of Time by Brian Fennelly
Conductor:  Charles Peltz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble
Period: 20th/21st Centuries 
Written: USA 

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