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American Classics - Wuorinen: Six Trios


Release Date: 02/21/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559264   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Donald PalmaDavid TaylorDavid BraynardAlan Feinberg,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



WUORINEN Trio for Bass Instruments. Horn Trio. Horn Trio Continued. Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano. Double Solo for Horn Trio. Trombone Trio ? The Group for Contemporary Music ? NAXOS 8.559264 (64:57)


The music of Charles Wuorinen presents listeners with a simple challenge: the closer you listen to it, the better it works. But this is a truism, isn?t it? Read more Not really. Wuorinen belongs to a generation of American composers (he was born in 1938) who place the highest value on craft. There is rarely anything flashy or sensational about his music; even his percussion music is remarkably delicate. Nor is his music merely technically impressive. Expressivity is deftly woven into the fabric of these works.


Wuorinen?s fascination with the technique of composition is reflected in the challenging instrumentation of these six chamber works from the early 1980s. All are trios, and all but one include brass. Trio for Bass Instruments , scored for bass trombone, tuba, and string bass, demonstrates the composer?s keen sense for timbral values, both dramatically (and essentially emotionally) and in terms of the relationships of differing timbres. This may seem like an obtuse way of stating an obvious musical characteristic, but it is a rare and elusive gift when expressed at this level, putting Wuorinen in the company of Stravinsky, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, and ultimately, Mozart. This is an odd grouping superficially, but all of these composers, regardless of the other elements of their styles, were keenly aware of the unique values of the sounds of different instruments, and of the catalytic effects created as the threads are woven together.


It is natural that an ensemble of low instruments would generate the subtle sparks of wit that are thrown off here. In all of the music on this program, there is an engaging sense of drama, even theatricality, that ameliorates the dense polytonal harmonic structure. In the Horn Trio, and in the Horn Trio Continued that came one year later, the energy level spikes up a few notches, nearly frenetic at times, but always remains controlled and organized. Wuorinen?s style in the Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano is consistent with the other works, but the temperature is cooler, with a more elusive emotional appeal. As is the case, too, with the Double Solo for Horn Trio , this Trio is more interesting than it is purely entertaining.


The Trombone Trio is the most unusual work here, with the daunting textural and balance challenge of combining trombone, piano, and vibraphone. The key is limiting the dynamic range of the trombone, which has the side benefit of revealing a surprising range of subtle colors and textures from an instrument generally known for a brash insouciance. Here is a superb example of bold timbral blending as well as a sensuality that is probably not normally associated with Wuorinen. His ability to balance all of these elements in a way that does not favor any individual component marks his best work, and marks this composer as a true American master. It almost goes without saying, although it shouldn?t, that the performances by The Group for Contemporary Players, cofounded by Wuorinen and Harvey Sollberger, are outstanding.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Trio for Bass Instruments by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Donald Palma (Double Bass), David Taylor (Bass Trombone), David Braynard (Tuba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 8 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (09/11/1991 - 09/13/1991) 
2.
Horn Trio by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano), Benjamin Hudson (Violin), William Purvis (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 11 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (09/11/1991 - 09/13/1991) 
3.
Horn Trio Continued by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Benjamin Hudson (Violin), Alan Feinberg (Piano), William Purvis (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (09/11/1991 - 09/13/1991) 
4.
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Fred Sherry (Cello), Charles Wuorinen (Piano), Rolf Schulte (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 10 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (09/11/1991 - 09/13/1991) 
5.
Double Solo for Horn Trio by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  William Purvis (French Horn), James Winn (Piano), Benjamin Hudson (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/17/1991 
Venue:  State University of New York, Purchase 
Length: 15 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6.
Trombone Trio by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Ronald Borror (Trombone), Alan Feinberg (Piano), Daniel Druckman (Vibraphone),
Daniel Druckman (Marimba)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Group for Contemporary Music
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC 
Length: 8 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts & Letters, NYC (09/11/1991 - 09/13/1991) 

Sound Samples

Trio for Bass Instruments
Horn Trio
Horn Trio: Continued
Piano Trio
Double Solo
Trombone Trio

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