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Darrell Handel: Kyushu; David Loeb: Unkei; Etc

Release Date: 12/01/1995 
Label:  Vienna Modern Masters   Catalog #: 3006   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Darrell HandelDavid LoebToshiya SukegawaNancy Van De Vate
Conductor:  Gerhard SamuelHideomi KuroiwaSzymon Kawalla
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Philharmonia OrchestraHiroshima Symphony OrchestraBratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The other Handel, Darrell, (born in California in 1933) has always gone his own way, as the Scherzo for piano from 1965 shows. His 1960s referents were Satie and Tippett, not Boulez and Webern, and the solo piece sticks in the mind. The composer’s close ties with the jazz world inform the textures and interplay of the other works (especially when the guitar is involved) but the rhythms are not jazzy. The longest and most recent piece, Barge Music from 1994, shows that Handel’s approach is intact. The work, inspired by the Ohio River, also taps its way into the memory—for 18 minutes. The vocal works are less successful for me. Blake’s Tyger (1984) has burned more brightly in other musical contexts, while the 1977 Wallace Stevens (Poems) Read more setting features a less distinctive idiom than the other pieces here.

The Trio (1990) makes a better starting point, impressionistic, but also linear, melodic, and harmonically beautiful. Hindemith meets the French, with Nicholas Maw as referee. Handel’s music is enjoyable straight off, which is maybe its own recommendation. The CD is well sung and recorded, and played with dedication.

Paul Ingram, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

Kyushu by Darrell Handel
Conductor:  Gerhard Samuel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Unkei by David Loeb
Conductor:  Hideomi Kuroiwa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
Eternal morning 1945.8.6 by Toshiya Sukegawa
Conductor:  Hideomi Kuroiwa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Pura besakih by Nancy Van De Vate
Conductor:  Szymon Kawalla
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967 

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