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Darrell Handel: The Poems Of Our Climate

Release Date: 08/30/1998 
Label:  Vienna Modern Masters   Catalog #: 2019   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Darrell Handel
Performer:  Val GriffenPamela WatsonAnton NelSheryl Woods,   ... 
Conductor:  Gerhard SamuelChristopher Zimmerman
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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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 [07/2005]
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Works on This Recording

The Poems of Our Climate by Darrell Handel
Performer:  Val Griffen (Cello), Pamela Watson (Flute), Anton Nel (Piano),
Sheryl Woods (Soprano), Brian Delay (Guitar), Allen Otte (Percussion),
James Culley (Percussion), Jack Brennan (Percussion)
Conductor:  Gerhard Samuel
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1977/1982 
Trio by Darrell Handel
Performer:  Benjamin Jew (English Horn), Sara Lambert Bloom (Oboe), Frank Weinstock (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990 
Flute City by Darrell Handel
Performer:  Brad Garner (Flute), Frank Weinstock (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988 
The Tyger by Darrell Handel
Performer:  Rebecca Boughton (Viola), Sara Lambert Bloom (Oboe), Jina Lee (Violin),
Mary Henderson (Mezzo Soprano), Gabrielle Robinson (Violin), Deborah Netanel (Cello),
Mark Butler (Piano)
Conductor:  Christopher Zimmerman
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984 
A Recitative for Guitar by Darrell Handel
Performer:  Rodney Stucky (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976 
Scherzo for Piano by Darrell Handel
Performer:  Eugene Pridonoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965 
Barge Music by Darrell Handel
Performer:  Brad Garner (Alto Flute), Rodney Stucky (Guitar), Jon Pascolini (Double Bass),
Russell Burge (Percussion), Allen Otte (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994 

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