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Rosner: Chamber Music / Kampmeier, Neuman

Release Date: 07/07/2017 
Label:  Toccata Classics   Catalog #: 408  
Composer:  Arnold Rosner
Performer:  Margaret KampmeierCurtis MacomberMaxine NeumanCarson P. Cooman,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The musical language of the New York-based Arnold Rosner (1945-2013) clothes the modal harmony and rhythm of pre-Baroque polyphony in rich Romantic colors. This combination produces a style that is instantly recognizable and immediatley appealing. These four chamber works embrace a wide range of emotions, from tragic nobility to buoyant good humor, with Rosner's use of modality adding a hint of the Orient. All these pieces are receiving their first recordings, and many of the performers were personally acquaitned with the composer. A former member of the New World String Quartet, Curtis Macomber has performed across the United States, playing in hundreds of premieres, commissions and first recordings of solo violin and chamber works by Read more major composers. The cellist Maxine Neuman, on the faculty at the New York School for Strings and Hoff-Barthelson Music School, was a friend of Arnold rosner for almost 50 years and gave the first performance of his Cello Sonata No. 1. The bassoonist David Richmond, a member of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra in Florida, has performed with orchestras throughout New England and now spends increasing time in Nairobi, introducing young Kenyans to the bassoon. Margaret Kampmeier, who teaches at Princeton Univeristy and the Manhattan School of Music, performs regularly with the ORchestra of St. Luke's, the New York Philharmonic, American Composers' Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Carson Cooman is a pianist and organist, and is also a composer whose catalogue numbers more than a thousand works. Arnodl Rosner chose him to be the curator of his musical archive. Read less

Works on This Recording

Sonata for Violin No. 1, Op. 18 by Arnold Rosner
Performer:  Margaret Kampmeier (Piano), Curtis Macomber (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
Danses ŕ la mode, Op. 101 by Arnold Rosner
Performer:  Maxine Neuman (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Op. 121 by Arnold Rosner
Performer:  Carson P. Cooman (Piano), David Richmond (Bassoon)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
Sonata for Cello No. 2, Op. 89 "La Divina Commedia" by Arnold Rosner
Performer:  Margaret Kampmeier (Piano), Maxine Neuman (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 

Customer Reviews

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 If you like Alan Hovhaness... September 29, 2017 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Another recording of Arnold Rosner's music is always welcome (in my opinion). Rosner was something of a musical outsider, much like Alan Hovhaness. Rosner wrote Hovhaness' entry in Groves and was an acknowledged authority on his music. Like Hovhaness, Rosner wrote in a tonal language that was unconcerned with the conventions of traditional harmony. Hovhaness used Eastern modes, Rosner drew more from Western medieval and Renaissance traditions. Both lack the active forward motion implied in major and minor scales. The chamber works collected here share many similarities. The modal melodies move in surprising and wonderful ways. Harmonies feature open fifths in parallel motion. There are false relations between voices. And yet these are works that could never have been written at any time before the 20th Century. The works are all well-recorded and well-performed. I especially enjoyed Maxine Neuman's performance of the Danses a la Mode for Solo Cello. Her sensitive reading brings out subtle links between Rosner's motifs. If you're a fan of Hovhaness, you should give Rosner a listen. If you're not a fan, Rosner's music deserves an audition. Each of his compositions is a world unto itself -- one that invites the listener in and tarry a while. It's an invitation I can't resist." Report Abuse
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