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Elements Eternal

Current / Gryphon Trio / Nesrallah
Release Date: 07/10/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573533   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Brian CurrentAndrew StanilandMichael OesterleJames K. Wright
Performer:  Julie Nesrallah
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
These Begin to Catch Fire, for piano trio by Brian Current
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Ontario, Ca 
Length: 13 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Solstice Songs, for piano trio by Andrew Staniland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2011 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Ontario, Ca 
Length: 14 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Centennials, for piano trio by Michael Oesterle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Ontario, Ca 
Length: 14 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Letters to the Immortal Beloved, for voice & piano trio by James K. Wright
Performer:  Julie Nesrallah ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gryphon Trio
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012 
Venue:  Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, Ontario, Ca 
Length: 15 Minutes 50 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Engaging music from Canada August 21, 2015 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "I'm not very familiar with Canadian composers, so I was very interested in auditioning Elements Eternal. The release features world premier recordings from four Canadian composers. The works were commissioned by the Gryphon Trio, who performs them on this release. It's a heady mix of music that I found appealing, intriguing, substantial and enjoyable. The Gryphon Trio gives each work its due; though the styles and approaches are different, the trio's sure-footed performances bring a certain consistency to the album as a whole. "Solstice Songs" (2011) by Andrew Staniland is a three-movement contemplation on the change of seasons. Skittering strings, rumbling low register piano, and non-tonal motifs make this the most avant-garde work on the disc. Yet the motifs are easy to follow and the work's frenetic energy draw the listener in. "Centennials" by Michael Oestrele provides musical portraits of three people who would have turned 100 in 2012: Julia Child, Conlon Nancarrow, and Jackson Pollock. Oestrele's music seems to get at the essence of each person, and does so in a good-natured fashion. I might not have identified the subjects without a program, but I definitely would have enjoyed the music nonetheless. Brian Current's "These Begin to Catch Fire" bustles and glistens like the sun-lit water that inspired the work. The most conservative is "Letters to the Immortal Beloved," James K. Wright's 2012 work inspired by Beethoven's love letters. The work is for mezzo-soprano and piano trio, and has an appealing elegiac quality. I still don't know much about Canadian composers. But I now know four I want to hear more of." Report Abuse
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