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Davidovsky: Flashbacks / Starobin, Narucki, Et Al

Release Date: 06/27/2000 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9097   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Mario Davidovsky
Performer:  Linda QuanJayn RosenfeldJean KopperudChris Finckel,   ... 
Conductor:  Jeffrey MilarskyDonald Palma
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York New Music Ensemble membersSpeculum Musicae String QuartetSpeculum Musicae members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It really is about time that a solo disc dedicated to the music of Mario Davidovsky was available in the U.S., where he has been composing and teaching for decades. This release is a fitting tribute to the influential composer (and hopefully only a "good place to start"), a well-wrought collection of chamber music, excellently played and lovingly recorded.

Davidovsky is a composer of prodigious gifts, not the least of which is his capacity for instrumental timbre. He can make a small ensemble sound like an orchestra, demonstrated most beautifully in Flashbacks, Quartetto No. 2, and the String Trio, all of which are masterful works. He also has an Argentine flair and
Read more passion for the guitar, an instrument for which he writes extremely idiomatically and yet with his own individual quirky sense. David Starobin is his perfect interpreter, adding fire but playing as if it were music (as opposed to new music, an attitude that can lead to some unmusical performances).

The Synchronism No. 10 is a frantic piece for guitar and tape that mediates between tender and brutal in a way that only this composer can, with some truly wild and terrifying occurrences. Even if atonal electronic music is not your bag there is much here to love. Romancero, Davidovsky's setting of Spanish texts (poet unnamed) is exquisite, and though his writing for the voice leans to the disjunct and fragmented (albeit handled with expert grace by Susan Narucki) it still manages to be passionate and melodic. Each of these pieces seems about the perfect length, the longest being just over 13 minutes. Davidovsky knows the boundaries of his material and works within them. This sort of fierce avant-garde fare isn't for everyone, but if it is a passion of yours, or it is something you think you might have open ears for but know not where to start, this is an ideal place to begin.

The involved booklet notes by Martin Brody are excellent, giving not only an overview of the music but placing the composer in context. He offers a "users guide" to the title track--a clever, thoughtful look at a single piece--while outlining a good approach to this music for anyone from the novice to the Ph.D.
--Daniel Felsenfeld, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Flashbacks by Mario Davidovsky
Performer:  Linda Quan (Violin), Jayn Rosenfeld (Piccolo), Jean Kopperud (Bass Clarinet),
Jayn Rosenfeld (Flute), Jean Kopperud (Clarinet), Chris Finckel (Cello),
Daniel Druckman (Percussion), Jayn Rosenfeld (Alto Flute), James Winn (Piano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Milarsky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York New Music Ensemble members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Venue:  Mastersound Studios, Astoria, NYC 
Length: 10 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Festino by Mario Davidovsky
Performer:  Donald Palma (Double Bass), Eric Bartlett (Cello), Maureen Gallagher (Viola),
David Starobin (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Venue:  Mastersound Studios, Astoria, NYC 
Length: 10 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Quartet for Oboe and Strings "Quartetto no 2" by Mario Davidovsky
Performer:  Bayla Keyes (Violin), Peggy Pearson (Oboe), Mary Ruth Ray (Viola),
Rhonda Rider (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
Venue:  Mastersound Studios, Astoria, NYC 
Length: 10 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Romancero by Mario Davidovsky
Performer:  Allen Blustine (Bass Clarinet), Laura Gilbert (Alto Flute), Laura Gilbert (Piccolo),
Laura Gilbert (Flute), Susan Narucki (Soprano), Allen Blustine (Clarinet),
Chris Finckel (Cello), Curtis Macomber (Violin)
Conductor:  Donald Palma
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USA 
Venue:  Mastersound Studios, Astoria, NYC 
Length: 13 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Synchronisms no 10 for Guitar and Electronic Sounds by Mario Davidovsky
Performer:  David Starobin (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
Venue:  Mastersound Studios, Astoria, NYC 
Length: 9 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Trio for Strings by Mario Davidovsky
Performer:  Allen Blustine (Bass Clarinet), Allen Blustine (Clarinet), Laura Gilbert (Alto Flute),
Laura Gilbert (Piccolo), Susan Narucki (Soprano), Laura Gilbert (Flute),
Chris Finckel (Cello), Curtis Macomber (Violin)
Conductor:  Donald Palma
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; USA 
Venue:  Mastersound Studios, Astoria, NYC 
Length: 10 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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