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Bell: River Of Ponds / Lurtsema, Bartlett, Bell, Clarke

Release Date: 03/23/1999 
Label:  North/South Recordings   Catalog #: 1018   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Larry Bell
Performer:  Larry BellRobert LurtsemaEric BartlettSarah Clarke
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Larry Bell studied with Vincent Persichetti and Roger Sessions at the Juilliard School, where he received his doctorate. As a pianist, he performs regularly and has championed the music of Frederic Rzewski, Persichetti and other American composers. The Black Cat harkens back to the monodrama made popular in the 19th century by such composers as Liszt and Richard Strauss. It was the Strauss monodrama Enoch Arden which inspired Bell's adaptation of the ghost story setting of Edgar Allan Poe's familiar tale of murder and madness. The Fantasia on an Imaginary Hymn for cello and viola was commissioned by Joel Krosnick for his 1983-84 six concert series at Juilliard and the Library of Congress: "The Cello: A 20th Century American Retrospective." Read more The premiere was given by Mr. Krosnick and Samuel Rhodes. River of Ponds was commissioned by and dedicated to Joel Krosnick and Gilbert Kalish. The title itself is drawn from a series of paintings called "River of Ponds" by Frank Stella. Read less

Works on This Recording

The Black Cat, Op. 28 by Larry Bell
Performer:  Larry Bell (Piano), Robert Lurtsema (Spoken Vocals), Eric Bartlett (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Language: English 
Caprice for Cello, Op. 12 by Larry Bell
Performer:  Eric Bartlett (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; USA 
Fantasia on an Imaginary Hymn, Op. 17 by Larry Bell
Performer:  Eric Bartlett (Cello), Sarah Clarke (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USA 
River of Ponds, Op. 25 by Larry Bell
Performer:  Sarah Clarke (Viola), Eric Bartlett (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 

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