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American Fantasies - Schoenberg, Cage, Schuller, Harris, Kirchner, Etc / Borup, Ernst


Release Date: 05/27/2008 
Label:  Centaur Records   Catalog #: 2918   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Arnold SchoenbergJohn CageGunther SchullerDonald Harris,   ... 
Performer:  Mary Kathleen ErnstHasse Borup
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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AMERICAN FANTASIES Hasse Borup (vn); Mary Kathleen Ernst (pn) CENTAUR 2918 (72:21)


SCHOENBERG Phantasy for Violin with Piano Accompaniment. CAGE Six Melodies for Violin and Keyboard. SCHULLER Recitative and Rondo. HARRIS Fantasy for Violin Read more and Piano. KIRCHNER For Solo Violin . Duo No. 2 for Violin and Piano. COULTHARD Day-dream


This program captures a remarkable chapter in American musical history. Arnold Schoenberg, staking his claim as a great man of European art music with his harmonic revolution, is forced from his homeland by Fascism and lands in the United States, where he struggles to find a footing in a strange new world. His renown attracts followers and students of a remarkable variety, including three of the composers on this release, John Cage, Leon Kirchner and Jean Coulthard. All of the other music on this CD is, as acknowledged by the composers, directly influenced by Schoenberg. What is remarkable is the utter lack of imitation, a sign of great teaching. The dodecaphonic Phantasy by Schoenberg leads the program. It is the oldest, and in a way the most daring, music on this recital. It is followed by Cage’s brief, rather sweet composition from 1950, which, although harmonically in another universe from the Schoenberg, shares a concise, direct expressivity.


The balance of the program can be loosely characterized as post-Schoenberg. There is, in the music of both Gunther Schuller and Donald Harris, a dark muscularity that follows from Schoenberg, and also a spirited sense for the dramatic gesture. With Leon Kirchner, we come to one of the most important followers of the old man. Kirchner himself proudly acknowledged the influence of Schoenberg, but not as an acolyte. “Maybe my being a student of the man had something to do with my remaining outside the systems that today dominate and regulate so much new music. I look for a chord that will resonate somewhere deep in my soul. My whole heart is involved in the choice of notes.” The music here includes the rather lyrical solo violin music, here in a premiere recording, and a masterpiece for violin and piano that could even be called lush. As in the brief Day-dream by Canadian composer Jean Coulthard, the spirit of Brahms rings through in this music, but this is wholly fitting, given that Brahms was one of Schoenberg’s favorite composers.


These performances are remarkably warm and self-effacing. In the Schoenberg, Ernst is content to be, as the title of the work directs, an accompanist. She and Borup have similar musical personalities; never flashy, finding rich but not overly ripe tone, and exploring this complex material with calm and insight.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasy for Violin and Piano, Op. 47 by Arnold Schoenberg
Performer:  Mary Kathleen Ernst (Piano), Hasse Borup (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Length: 9 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Melodies (6) for Violin and Keyboard: no 1 by John Cage
Performer:  Mary Kathleen Ernst (Piano), Hasse Borup (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
Melodies (6) for Violin and Keyboard: no 2 by John Cage
Performer:  Mary Kathleen Ernst (Piano), Hasse Borup (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Melodies (6) for Violin and Keyboard: no 3 by John Cage
Performer:  Mary Kathleen Ernst (Piano), Hasse Borup (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5.
Melodies (6) for Violin and Keyboard: no 4 by John Cage
Performer:  Mary Kathleen Ernst (Piano), Hasse Borup (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
Melodies (6) for Violin and Keyboard: no 5 by John Cage
Performer:  Mary Kathleen Ernst (Piano), Hasse Borup (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
7.
Melodies (6) for Violin and Keyboard: no 6 by John Cage
Performer:  Mary Kathleen Ernst (Piano), Hasse Borup (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
8.
Recitative and Rondo: Recitative by Gunther Schuller
Performer:  Mary Kathleen Ernst (Piano), Hasse Borup (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 8 Secs. 
9.
Recitative and Rondo: Rondo by Gunther Schuller
Performer:  Mary Kathleen Ernst (Piano), Hasse Borup (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
10.
Fantasy for Violin and Piano by Donald Harris
Performer:  Mary Kathleen Ernst (Piano), Hasse Borup (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
11.
For Solo Violin by Leon Kirchner
Performer:  Hasse Borup (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 9 Minutes 20 Secs. 
12.
Duo for Violin and Piano no 2 by Leon Kirchner
Performer:  Mary Kathleen Ernst (Piano), Hasse Borup (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 15 Minutes 56 Secs. 
13.
Day-dream by Jean Coulthard
Performer:  Hasse Borup (Violin), Mary Kathleen Ernst (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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