WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

New American Masters Vol 1 - Manno, Cooper, Lane


Release Date: 02/28/2006 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 826   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aaron GradRobert MannoDan CooperRichard Lane,   ... 
Performer:  Margaret SwinchoskiDonald MokrynskiRon Levy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palisades Virtuosi
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  
On sale! $19.98
CD:  $16.99
In Stock
MP3: $9.99
What's this?




Notes and Editorial Reviews



PALISADES VIRTUOSI: NEW AMERICAN MASTERS, VOLUME 1 Margaret Swinchoski (fl); Donald Mokrynski (cl); Ron Levy (pn) ALBANY TROY 826 (69:47)


GRAD Lep·i·dop·ter·ol·o·gy. MANNO Three Scenes from the Mountains. COOPER Trio. LANE Trio No. 2. Read more class="COMPOSER12">SOMERS An Arch of Miniatures. SCHROTH Variations on an Appalachian Carol. LAMKIN George Washington Slept Here!


You always have to wonder if, when presented with 70 minutes of flute, clarinet, and piano music— new music at that—the experience is going to even remotely border on the tolerable. Over the years I have heard much of this kind of music, and the pleasurable moments can probably be counted on one hand. It’s not that the musicians fail me, though that certainly occurs every so often, but that the music is just not the quality one would hope for. Too often, when considering this type of rather unique or unusual ensemble, the tendency can be to “lighten up” on the critical aspects of the compositions themselves; after all, for such an instrumental makeup, you hardly expect Mozartian expertise, and you really do want to give the musicians a break. There is not that much music for this rather exclusive chamber setup, so let’s assume from the beginning that the music will be second-rate, and then comment only on the performance itself.


Wrong.


I gave up that approach many years ago. My philosophy, for what it is worth, is that any music, no matter for whom or for what it is composed, has got to be good . Especially in magazines like this, which serve as a filter for you, the Serious and sometimes-scammed Record Collector, it is all important to act as consumer advocate first and artist supporter second. It is your money that buys these albums, and we need to make sure that you at least have a fighting chance before breaking your nails trying to tear the plastic wrap off of any CD. So if it’s not good, it’s gone—we owe you that much.


Now for some really good news—this one is a pure winner! Even the hesitancy that I approached this with gradually wore away, and feelings of relief and delight flooded my soul as each new piece proved its mettle. Writing for this combination of instruments is no easy task, and each composer here has solved the problem in different ways. Just listen to the first piece, Lep i dop ter ol o gy , (named, obviously, for the study of butterflies) by 27-year-old composer Aaron Grad. The marvelous, infectious manner that he weaves his arpeggiated flutters among the three instruments, sometimes grouping them in twos yet still maintaining a constantly devoted sense of thematic unity, is a wonder to hear. Robert Manno’s Three Scenes from the Mountains is perhaps my favorite piece on this recital. Its uncannily accurate depiction of the three movements, “The Wind on the Water,” “The Meadow at Dawn,” and “The Forest at Night” dispels any surly attempts at graphic tone-painting, and instead launches us into a beautifully contrived reverie of remembrances.


The other works here are equally affecting, and the measure of success can be directly correlated to the ability to forget that this ensemble is only two woodwinds and a piano. The sound is terrific and the performances couldn’t be better. The Palisades Virtuosi is a new group, and plans to offer a similar release every two years. Let’s hope it can fulfill that promise.


FANFARE: Steven Ritter
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Lepidopterology by Aaron Grad
Performer:  Margaret Swinchoski (Flute), Donald Mokrynski (Clarinet), Ron Levy (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palisades Virtuosi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; USA 
2.
Three Scenes from the Mountains by Robert Manno
Performer:  Margaret Swinchoski (Flute), Donald Mokrynski (Clarinet), Ron Levy (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palisades Virtuosi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; USA 
3.
Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Piano by Dan Cooper
Performer:  Margaret Swinchoski (Flute), Donald Mokrynski (Clarinet), Ron Levy (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palisades Virtuosi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2004; USA 
4.
Trio for Flute, Clarinet and Piano no 2 by Richard Lane
Performer:  Ron Levy (Piano), Donald Mokrynski (Clarinet), Margaret Swinchoski (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palisades Virtuosi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2004; USA 
5.
An Arch of Miniatures by Paul Mack Somers
Performer:  Margaret Swinchoski (Flute), Donald Mokrynski (Clarinet), Ron Levy (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palisades Virtuosi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2004; USA 
6.
Variations on an Appalachian Carol by Godfrey Schroth
Performer:  Margaret Swinchoski (Flute), Donald Mokrynski (Clarinet), Ron Levy (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palisades Virtuosi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; USA 
7.
George Washington Slept Here! by John Lampkin
Performer:  Donald Mokrynski (Clarinet), Ron Levy (Piano), Margaret Swinchoski (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Palisades Virtuosi
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2004; USA 

Sound Samples

Lepidopterology
3 Scenes from the Mountains: No. 1. The Wind on the Water
3 Scenes from the Mountains: No. 2. The Meadow at Dawn
3 Scenes from the Mountains: No. 3. The Forest at Night
Trio: I. Vaudevillians
Trio: II. Barnacles
Trio: III. Kingston Bop
Trio No. 2: I. Allegro moderato
Trio No. 2: II. Largo
An Arch of Miniatures: I. Languidly
An Arch of Miniatures: II. Largo
An Arch of Miniatures: III. Andante, fleeting
An Arch of Miniatures: IV. Conversationally
An Arch of Miniatures: V. Presto leggiero
Variations on an Appalachian Carol
George Washington Slept Here!

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN - TRY IT FREE!
Listen to all your favorite classical music for only $20/month.
Sign up for your monthly subscription service and get unlimited access to the most comprehensive digital catalog of classical music in the world - new releases. bestsellers, advanced releases and more.
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In