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Festinger: Tapestries, Trionometry, Etc / Macomber, Et Al


Release Date: 10/19/1999 
Label:  Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog #: 832   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Festinger
Performer:  Dena LevineAmy Levine TsangSunghae Anna LimPeter Josheff,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laurel TrioEarplayAlexander String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection of chamber pieces prominently features Richard Festinger's jazz influences. The same ingenuity that made him a respected jazz performer gives his classical work a refreshing playfulness. Whereas so much contemporary composition can sound stilted and academic, Festinger has a soloist's flair for creating and releasing dramatic tension.
"Tapestries" starts off this album with some of Festinger's signature unpredictability. Nervous glissandos by violin and cello along with unusual cadence from the piano build the piece's energy, leading to a dramatic climax. The three movements are played without pause, adding to the unsettled excitement.
Built upon the format's rich history, his String Quartet is influenced by the likes
Read more of Bartók and Berg. Nevertheless, within the self-imposed constraints of the classical idiom, Festinger is able to push the boundaries. His sensibilities and aesthetic are center stage in this fascinating recording. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tapestries by Richard Festinger
Performer:  Dena Levine (Piano), Amy Levine Tsang (Cello), Sunghae Anna Lim (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Laurel Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/17/1998 
Venue:  SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY 
Length: 15 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Trionometry by Richard Festinger
Performer:  Peter Josheff (Clarinet), Karen Rosenak (Piano), Janet Kutulas (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Earplay
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/13/1997 
Venue:  Unitarian Universalist Church, Berkeley 
Length: 15 Minutes 24 Secs. 
3.
Quartet for Strings by Richard Festinger
Performer:  Ge-Fang Yang (Violin), Paul Yarbrough (Viola), Frederick Lifsitz (Violin),
Sandy Wilson (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alexander String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/1998 
Venue:  St Stephen's Church, Belvedere, CA 
Length: 21 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Twinning by Richard Festinger
Performer:  Karen Rosenak (Piano), Curtis Macomber (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 08/02/1997 
Venue:  Bay Records, Berkeley, California 
Length: 11 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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