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American Classics - Kirchner: Chamber Music / Continuum


Release Date: 04/19/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559195   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Leon Kirchner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

New music in the United States since World War II has been a spirited arena of diverse ideologies. Serialism, minimalism, indeterminacy, “New Romanticism”, and other musical pathways have attracted their passionate constituencies of composers and audience. Of composers who have chosen to go their own way, working apart from the ever-changing mainstream, a major figure is Leon Kirchner. Single-mindedly following his own vision, he has developed a powerful inimitable language...

The works on this recording span four decades. Although the composer’s music has gone through a subtle evolution, the basic features of Kirchner’s musical language are apparent from the start. His music tends to the rhapsodic, with impulsive movement
Read more from lyric to dramatic, and asymmetrical rhythm and phrasing. Works are conceived as organic wholes. (All the multimovement works on this recording are “played without pause”.) In the earlier music particularly, sectional contrasts are sharp, marked by clear tempo changes; in his later music, the textural continuity becomes more homogeneous, the changes gradual and seamless. The tonal language is chromatic but not serially organized. The composer’s markings in the scores are detailed and sometimes unusual: “Haltingly”, “Wild”, “Coming from nowhere, almost out of control.”

Cheryl Seltzer
© 2005 Continuum
from the album liner notes
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Works on This Recording

1.
Triptych for Violin and Cello by Leon Kirchner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
Length: 20 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC (01/1983); Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC (05/1983) 
2.
Duo for Violin and Piano by Leon Kirchner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC (01/1983); Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC (05/1983) 
3.
Lily: Flutings by Leon Kirchner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1973-1976; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC (01/1983); Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC (05/1983)
Composition written: USA (1973 - 1976). 
4.
Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano no 1 by Leon Kirchner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Length: 14 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC (01/1983); Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC (05/1983) 
5.
Sonata for Piano no 1 by Leon Kirchner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Continuum
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948 
Length: 14 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC (01/1983); Great Hall, Cooper Union, NYC (05/1983) 

Sound Samples

Duo for Violin and Piano
Lily: Flutings
Piano Trio
Piano Sonata No. 1: Piano Sonata (Lento, Tempo II - Adagio - Allegro risoluto)
Triptych

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