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Moravec: Tempest Fantasy, Etc / Krakauer, Trio Solisti

Release Date: 03/27/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559323   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Paul Moravec
Performer:  Alexis Pia GerlachJon KlibonoffDavid KrakauerMaria Bachmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Solisti
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

MORAVEC Tempest Fantasy. 1 Mood Swings. B. A. S. S. Variations. Scherzo Maria Bachmann (vn); Alexis Pia Gerlach (vc); Jon Klibonoff (pn); David Krakauer (cl) 1 NAXOS 8.559323 (60:40)

It is easy to understand why Paul Moravec would have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for the lead work on this CD. Tempest Fantasy is inspired by Read more the Shakespearean play from which it takes its name, which puts him in a rich tradition indeed. Without a doubt, there is no other literary figure in history that so widely and profoundly influences the art of music. Each movement is a reflection on some aspect of the play, in the composer’s words, “points of departure for flights of purely musical fancy.” This is a beautifully crafted creation, amalgamating a range of stylistic influences, showing off a nearly prismatic sense for timbral color, and constructed with a sure sense for architectural cohesiveness. And yet, most of this music did not move me. Moravec’s manner here is clean, beautiful, and oddly out of touch with the deeper emotional nuances of his muse. He claims that he is not programmatic, but there is a sense, expressed in idiomatic gestures in the rhythmic and melodic elements, of an overtly dramatic sensibility, more so in the faster sections.

In the lovely “Sweet Airs” movement, we get a deeper sense of Moravec’s talents, with music of rhapsodic splendor. That impulse comes to fuller fruition in both Mood Swings and B. A. S. S. Variations (the title refers to the German notation for B?, A, E?, E?, the base melody), where, freed of literary obligations of any kind, his imagination blossoms. All of this music is harmonically traditional, even proudly tonal, but Moravec has his own voice. At this point, I must mention that the performers—associates and dedicatees of the composer—are a strong factor in the success of this presentation. This is intensely focused and lyrically expressed playing, with obviously deep affection for the music. The disc ends with a whirling Scherzo, an encore piece written for this trio. In all, an honest and impressive portrait of a major American composer.

FANFARE: Peter Burwasser
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Works on This Recording

Tempest Fantasy by Paul Moravec
Performer:  Alexis Pia Gerlach (Cello), Jon Klibonoff (Piano), David Krakauer (Clarinet),
Maria Bachmann (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Solisti
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/09/2003 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase, 
Length: 29 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: 2001 - 2002. 
Mood Swings by Paul Moravec
Performer:  Alexis Pia Gerlach (Cello), Maria Bachmann (Violin), Jon Klibonoff (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Solisti
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; New York 
Date of Recording: 01/24/2002 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase, 
Length: 15 Minutes 52 Secs. 
B.A.S.S. Variations by Paul Moravec
Performer:  Jon Klibonoff (Piano), Maria Bachmann (Violin), Alexis Pia Gerlach (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Solisti
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; Bass Garden Studio, 
Date of Recording: 10/10/2003 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase, 
Length: 11 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Scherzo by Paul Moravec
Performer:  Maria Bachmann (Violin), Alexis Pia Gerlach (Cello), Jon Klibonoff (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Solisti
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; New York 
Date of Recording: 10/10/2003 
Venue:  Performing Arts Center, SUNY, Purchase, 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Tempest Fantasy: I. Ariel
Tempest Fantasy: II. Prospero
Tempest Fantasy: III. Caliban
Tempest Fantasy: IV. Sweet Airs
Tempest Fantasy: V. Fantasia
Mood Swings
B.A.S.S. Variations

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