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Kurek: The Sea Knows


Release Date: 07/14/2017 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 6111  
Composer:  Michael Kurek
Performer:  Ovidiu MarinescuRita CostanziSoledad Yaya
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Atlantic EnsembleDuo PortinariThe Vanderbilt Strings
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Michael Kurek's Parma Recordings debut, The Sea Knows, is a charming collection of works written with an emphasis on that which is beautiful and emotive. Composing in a tonal idiom reminiscent of the great melodists of the early 20th century, Kurek creates music that tugs at the heartstrings without ever pandering, that is rich in emotive content without feeling surgary. The works on The Sea Knows plumb the depths of musical sensitivity and will appeal to anyone who listens to music seeking intimacy and an emotionally-grounded experience. In today's contemporary musical world, composers are often all too aware that a piece may be premiered and then performed again rarely, if ever. These pieces seem likely to defy that cruel cycle. Read more Thoroughly ''road-tested,'' and listener-approved, the works making up The Sea Knows have been performed before many audiences and seem likely to be enjoyed by many more to come. The expansive opening Serenade for Violoncello and Harp is constituted by a single sweeping movement. Melodic materials presented by the cello are built around the expansion of two central themes. These themes, described by the composer as ''simple,'' are explored and transformed until they become anything but. This melodic transformation, rendered here by Ovidiu Marinescu, exists atop a virtuosic harp tapestry of harmonic filigree admirably played by Rita Costanzi. Also featuring cellist Ovidiu Marinescu, a Parma labelmate, the album title track is a tour de force for cello soloist and string orchestra. The work unfolds in sonata form and was written as a programmatic depiction of a poem of the same name written by the composer. In both music and poem, vastness is a central theme, and the emotive lines played by the cello sometimes crash against the waves of the orchestra and sometimes allow the musical tides to pull them along. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Serenade for Cello and Harp by Michael Kurek
Performer:  Ovidiu Marinescu (Cello), Rita Costanzi (Harp)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; United States 
2.
Moon Canticle by Michael Kurek
Performer:  Soledad Yaya (Harp)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
3.
Savannah Shadows by Michael Kurek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Atlantic Ensemble
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
4.
Sonata for Viola and Harp by Michael Kurek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Portinari
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; United States 
5.
The Sea Knows by Michael Kurek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Vanderbilt Strings
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

Customer Reviews

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 Truly phenomenal! July 21, 2017 By Scott F. See All My Reviews "In the best possible way, this is beautiful music. Lushly recorded, expertly composed, and absolute joy to listen to. It must, yes must!, be part of your music library..." Report Abuse
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