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Dlugoszewski: Disparate Stairway, Radical Other, Etc

Release Date: 10/24/2000 
Label:  Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog #: 859   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Lucia Dlugoszewski
Performer:  Conrad HarrisMargaret JonesDavid J. BursackDorothy Lawson,   ... 
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  White Oak Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

American composer Lucia Dlugoszewski (1934-2000) wrote music that's hard to pigeonhole, but at the very least it can be described as freely atonal. Her forte is pure sound, and the sounds she comes up with are actually quite interesting. Disparate Stairway Radical Other (1995), for string ensemble, grew out of a dance project called Journey of a Poet. The strings execute rough pizzicato passages interspersed with all sorts of strained glissandos, and The White Oak Ensemble dispatches all of its difficulties with admirable, unfailing technique. Exacerbated Subtlety Concert (Why Does a Woman Love a Man?) is a 1997 composition that closely resembles (in strategy but not intent) some of John Cage's works for prepared piano. The prepared piano Read more in this case calls for the strings to be covered with several varieties of paper, hairpins, rubber wedges, thimbles, Gerbers baby food jars, tuning forks, and combs. Dlugoszewski herself performs this work, a process that also involves running wires (like dental floss) through the piano strings.

Tender Theatre Flight Nageire (1978) is for brass quintet and non-pitched percussion (with the composer handling the percussion duties). This is a more dynamic work, thanks to the brass ensemble (conductor Gerard Schwarz is one of the trumpets). Again the work is played with affection and precision, and the sonics are very good. The percussion employed here is very diverse; Dlugoszewski even uses a wobble board to great effect. Finally, Space is a Diamond (1970) is for solo trumpet, this time featuring the indomitable Schwarz, who plays with substantial flair and a wide-ranging array of sounds. The performance is confident and the sound is warm and intimate. Dlugoszewski did not write much during her career, but what she left behind has real merit. Overall, this is an excellent collection, albeit for somewhat specialized tastes.
--Paul Cook, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Disparate Stairway Radical Other by Lucia Dlugoszewski
Performer:  Conrad Harris (Violin), Margaret Jones (Violin), David J. Bursack (Viola),
Dorothy Lawson (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  White Oak Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1999 
Length: 21 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Exacerbated Subtlety Concert by Lucia Dlugoszewski
Performer:  Lucia Dlugoszewski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1999 
Length: 17 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Tender Theater Flight Nageire by Lucia Dlugoszewski
Performer:  David Langlitz (Tenor Trombone), Robert Routch (French Horn), David Taylor (Bass Trombone),
Gerard Schwarz (Trumpet), Edward Carroll (Trumpet), Norman Smith (Trumpet),
Lucia Dlugoszewski (Percussion)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1999 
Length: 21 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
Space Is a Diamond by Lucia Dlugoszewski
Performer:  Gerard Schwarz (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 08/16/1999 
Length: 10 Minutes 39 Secs. 

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