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Music Of David Liptak / Lubman, Tarab Cello Ensemble

Release Date: 07/26/2005 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9167   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  David Liptak
Performer:  William SharpSue-Ellen Hershman-TcheperinDavid StarobinChien-Kwan Lin
Conductor:  Scott WheelerBradley Lubman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tarab Cello EnsembleDinosaur Annex Music EnsembleEastman Philharmonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This CD presents premiere recordings of four works by the gifted American composer, David Liptak. Liptak's music builds large detailed structures from small and simple means. Frequently, a simple rhythmic gesture will generate an entire movement or a melodic figure will often transform itself, becoming a flower from a seed. Broken Cries was composed for the Tarab Cello Ensemble, which performs it here. The composer writes that "I imagined a kind of of music that was filled with hesitation. Pauses and silences break the flow of sounds, as a voiced cry is sometimes broken by a breath, or perhaps, a sudden thought." Liptak's stunning Ancient Songs takes most of its texts from ancient oral traditions of various cultures- the Read more Passamaquoddy Indian tribe from Maine, the Papago Indian tribe from the southwest, the African Gabon pygmy culture, and a Scottish nursery rhyme. At the end of the cycle, a poem by the American poet James Wright provides a remarkable apotheosis. The songs are sung with intensity by the work's dedicatee, the wonderful American baritone, William Sharp. The composition of Liptak's hauntingly beautiful Serenade was begun at the composer's summer home in Denmark, and Liptak writes that it "represents the warmth and ease of a Danish summer evening." The five extremely varied movements of this serenade run from simple and meditative to dance-like and highly energetic. The closing work is certainly this disc's simplest and most direct- a short Forlane for solo guitar. Guitarist David Starobin is the performer of this hypnotic little gem. Read less

Works on This Recording

Broken Cries by David Liptak
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tarab Cello Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/16/2004 
Venue:  Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School, Rochester 
Length: 10 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Ancient Songs by David Liptak
Performer:  William Sharp (Baritone), Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcheperin (Flute)
Conductor:  Scott Wheeler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/02/2004 
Venue:  The Sonic Temple, Roslindale, MA 
Length: 21 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: English 
Forlane by David Liptak
Performer:  David Starobin (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2001 
Venue:  KAS Studios, Astoria, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Serenade for Alto Saxophone and Strings by David Liptak
Performer:  Chien-Kwan Lin (Alto Saxophone)
Conductor:  Bradley Lubman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Philharmonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/17/2004 
Venue:  Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School, Rochester 
Length: 22 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Broken Cries
Ancient Songs: I. The Stars
Ancient Songs: II. Aiken Drum
Ancient Songs: III. Ghosts & Shadows
Ancient Songs: IV. Death Song
Ancient Songs: V. The Wreckage of the Moon
Serenade for alto saxophone and strings: I. A Backward Glance
Serenade for alto saxophone and strings: II. Sankt Hans Fire
Serenade for alto saxophone and strings: III. A Midsummer's Night Fairy Tale
Serenade for alto saxophone and strings: IV. Stella's Dance
Serenade for alto saxophone and strings: V. Evensong

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