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In Common - Cage, Shapey, Harrison, Et Al / Verederos


Release Date: 09/30/2003 
Label:  Equilibrium   Catalog #: 53   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Graham FitkinLou HarrisonRalph ShapeyJohn Cage,   ... 
Performer:  Payton MacDonaldJessica Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verederos Duo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The flute is in some ways an odd instrument. Its repertoire is mostly on the light side but, at the same time, it has been much prized by modernists—Feldman and Boulez to name two—explicitly for its relatively neutral color (think of all those works for high, pure soprano for a vocal equivalent). The percussion and flute recital here is comparatively unique, if still easy listening.

The disc “In Common,” by the percussion-flute duo Verenderos, offers a bit of most forms of modernism as it is applied to the instrument, from the dancing, pseudo minimalism of Graham Fitkin to the serial austerities of Ralph Shapey, with a big nod to what might be called the Salome factor, the flute’s unerring ability to evoke a sultry
Read more Eastern landscape or a romantic escapade in the desert.

Defying category is, of course, the work of John Cage. Music for Two is one of a nearly infinite number of possible realizations of Cage’s early experiments in time bracket notation. A series of solos, 17 in some sources, 20 according to the liner notes, may be combined in any grouping to produce anything from a solo to a very large chamber group. The version here, for flute and percussion, is striking, as many of the later “Number” pieces also are, in the way it evokes a whole range of emotions while, in fact—by the very nature of its construction—notes within a single part, much less notes between parts, have no concrete relationship to their neighbors.

...First-rate music in lovely performances recorded to perfection."

-- John Story, Fanfare [5/2004]
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Works on This Recording

1. Frame by Graham Fitkin
Performer:  Payton MacDonald (Percussion), Jessica Johnson (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verederos Duo
Period: 20th Century 
2. Ariadne by Lou Harrison
Performer:  Jessica Johnson (Flute), Payton MacDonald (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verederos Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
3. Movement of Varied Movements by Ralph Shapey
Performer:  Payton MacDonald (Vibraphone), Jessica Johnson (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verederos Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
4. Music for... by John Cage
Performer:  Payton MacDonald (Percussion), Jessica Johnson (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verederos Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984-1988; USA 
Notes: Selection recorded here is "Music for Two" (1984). 
5. Prelude for Flute and Marimba no 1 by Payton MacDonald
Performer:  Payton MacDonald (Percussion), Jessica Johnson (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verederos Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996 
6. Ikky Gober by Payton MacDonald
Performer:  Payton MacDonald (Percussion), Jessica Johnson (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verederos Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
7. In Common by Stuart Saunders Smith
Performer:  Jessica Johnson (Flute), Payton MacDonald (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verederos Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
8. Con moto by Joseph Michaels
Performer:  Payton MacDonald (Percussion), Jessica Johnson (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verederos Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
9. Aus dem Knast für Tiere wird ein Orkosystem by Cenk Ergün
Performer:  Payton MacDonald (Percussion), Jessica Johnson (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verederos Duo
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

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