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Bruce Babcock: Time, Still - Chamber, Vocal, And Choral Music

Babcock / Masek / Debussy Trio
Release Date: 04/14/2015 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 5998   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Bruce BabcockUnspecified
Performer:  David H. SpeltzDouglas MasekLouise ThomasJuliana Gondek,   ... 
Conductor:  James Walker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Debussy Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Don't mistake the inference in the title of Emmy Award-winning composer Bruce Babcock's multi-faceted new Navona Records album TIME, STILL - the music is serious and contemplative at points to be sure, but the effervescence of Babcock's metrically shifting style and sound percolates to the surface throughout.

At home in both the concert hall and on the scoring stages of Hollywood, Babcock possesses deep insight into the process of creating emotional responses in the listener and uses it to full effect in this collection. Irrational Exuberance is a burst of sonic joy that displays a propulsive rhythmic approach, while This Is What I Know highlights the composer's facility with shading and sculpting sound and meaning in a
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All Unto Me is in many ways the centerpiece of the album, and it is highly representative of Babcock's musical ethos with its themes of unity and inclusion tied to a rich musical language. The piece is a tribute to Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and was performed for him in 2011.

SpringScape and Imagined/Remembered both emphasize the linear writing, as well as the atypical metric patterns, which comprise the hallmarks of Babcock's style. Metaphor Two completes the album with a quiet moment, American in character. The music is well served by a stellar cohort of Los Angeles-based colleagues and friends of the composer.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Irrational exuberance, for saxophone, cello & piano by Bruce Babcock
Performer:  David H. Speltz (Cello), Douglas Masek (), Louise Thomas (Piano)
Date of Recording: 06/2006 
Venue:  Chapman University, Salmon Recital Hall, 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
2.
This is What I Know, songs (4) for voice, alto saxophone & piano by Bruce Babcock
Performer:  Juliana Gondek (), Rakefet Hak (Piano), Douglas Masek ()
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 05/11/2010 
Venue:  Olive Hall, The Colburn School for the P 
Length: 15 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3.
Springscape, for flute, viola & harp by Bruce Babcock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Debussy Trio
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 04/2008 
Venue:  Zipper Hall, The Colburn School, Los Ang 
Length: 8 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
All Unto Me, for chorus by Bruce Babcock
Conductor:  James Walker
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 06/05/2011 
Venue:  All Saints Church in Pasadena CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Metaphor Two, for piano by Bruce Babcock
Performer:  Robert Thies (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2005 
Date of Recording: 01/11/2013 
Venue:  The Bridge in Glendale CA 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6.
Imagined/Remembered, sonata for cello & piano by Bruce Babcock
Performer:  Robert Thies (Piano), Armen Ksajikian (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2005 
Date of Recording: 01/11/2013 
Venue:  The Bridge in Glendale CA 
Length: 17 Minutes 9 Secs. 
7.
Untitled CD-ROM Track by Unspecified
Period: Modern 

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