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Eastman American Music Series Vol 2 - Benson, Maslanka

Release Date: 05/13/1997 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 236   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  David MaslankaWarren Benson
Performer:  Bonita BoydRobert SpillmanRamon RickerClay Purdy,   ... 
Conductor:  Sydney HodkinsonWarren Benson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bel Canto String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Albany once again presents us with a fine package, well designed, with high production values, fine notes, and song texts. I don't expect this Eastman series to be revelatory, but it is valuable (so far) in raising the profile of a second level of American music, otherwise represented haphazardly. My hesitancy on this disc is born more of personal taste than a problem with quality. I think the listener interested in American art song or in new American classical music would find this, as well as the first volume, a fine addition to the catalog."

- Fanfare

Look at the gems on this disc! Look at some of the performers; Jan DeGaetani, Bonita Boyd, Verne Reynolds. For contemporary music lovers this
Read more series from Eastman is a feast. David Maslanka studied clarinet, conducting and composition. His principal composition teachers were Joseph Wood and H. Owen Reed. "I consider my Duo for Flute and Piano to be something of a milestone in my composing. It emerged fully formed from a part of me with which I wasn't at the time very familiar. It whispered, it cried, it shrieked, when on the surface I had no idea that I was doing any of those things. As has been the case for 30 years of composing, my music consistently reveals things to me in advance of its arrival in my conscious mind. If the Duo revealed pain and depression, it also revealed a search into mystery, a love of the beautiful, and a penchant for formal construction and precision of detail - all issues which have occupied me in the intervening years, issues which have been the premise of a composer's life." Heaven to clear when day did close is really a concerto for tenor saxophone and string quartet. It is in one movement. Warren Benson has had a long and distinguished career that includes an appointment at the Eastman School of Music from 1967-1994. Upon accepting a commission from the International Horn Society for a major work featuring the horn, Mr. Benson chose to write a song-cycle for mezzo-soprano, horn, English horn, cello, and marimba. "In Songs for the End of the World I wanted to write something that the composer might treat either as a song cycle or as an internalized one-woman short opera." - Albany Records Read less

Works on This Recording

Duo for Flute and Piano by David Maslanka
Performer:  Bonita Boyd (Flute), Robert Spillman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/06/1983 
Venue:  Eastman Theater, Rochester, New York 
Length: 20 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Heaven to clear when day did close by David Maslanka
Performer:  Ramon Ricker (Tenor Saxophone), Clay Purdy (Violin), James Lyon (Violin),
Nancy Holland (Viola), Carol Purdy (Cello)
Conductor:  Sydney Hodkinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bel Canto String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/26/1983 
Venue:  Eastman Theater, Rochester, New York 
Length: 21 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Songs for the End of the World by Warren Benson
Performer:  John H. Beck (Marimba), Philip West (English Horn), Robert Sylvester (Cello),
Verne Reynolds (French Horn), Jan DeGaetani (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Warren Benson
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/16/1982 
Venue:  Eastman Theater, Rochester, New York 
Length: 30 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Duo for Flute and Piano: I. A Mystery
Duo for Flute and Piano: II. An Interlude
Duo for Flute and Piano: III. A Sore Point; or: a touchy question; or: the unanswered question put another way
Duo for Flute and Piano: IV. A Mystery
Duo for Flute and Piano: V. A Fanfare
Duo for Flute and Piano: VI. A Mystery
Heaven to clear when day did close
Songs for the End of the World: No. 1. Awakening
Songs for the End of the World: No. 2. Two Step
Songs for the End of the World: No. 3. Lullaby
Songs for the End of the World: No. 4. Spring
Songs for the End of the World: No. 5. Siciliana
Songs for the End of the World: No. 6. Nocturne

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