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The Chamber Music Of Richard Wilson - Affirmations, Etc

Release Date: 05/30/2000 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 389   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard Wilson
Performer:  David FedeleAllen BlustineBlanca UribeDorothy Lawson,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Full of surprises at every turn, Richard Wilson's AFFIRMATIONS is a scrambled work of musical art that is sure to bewilder any notion that non-tonal harmonies cannot produce enchanting results. Gaining recognition from such institutions as the American Academy/Institute of Arts and Letters and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Wilson's compositional style is skewed with elegance, reaching profundities greater than most of his generation. His 'Affirmations' is wrought with afflictions of his past. Dedicated to his father, the three-movement memorial shows divergent timbres coming together with an air of discontent. Laden with calculated tonal discord, the performance resembles a wicked song and dance.
'Intercalations' for solo piano is
Read more based on its pure definition of interpolation. The four movements each distinctively represent a piece of a larger puzzle, guiding us through a lyrical, yet moody melodic playground. 'Civilization and Its Discontents' for solo tuba is somewhat comical, relying solely on the virtuosic performance of Stephen Johns. Initially composed as a prologue to an opera, 'Transfigured Goat' features two characters, a man and woman, in parody with the accompaniment of clarinet and piano. Jovial, and light-handed, this set of movements is unique and crossed with humorous undertones.
Talented performances establish AFFIRMATIONS as an excellent addition to any modern collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

Affirmations by Richard Wilson
Performer:  David Fedele (Flute), Allen Blustine (Clarinet), Blanca Uribe (Piano),
Dorothy Lawson (Cello), Rolf Schulte (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/07/1999 
Venue:  Skinner Hall, Vassar College, New York 
Length: 20 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Intercalations by Richard Wilson
Performer:  Blanca Uribe (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/25/1998 
Venue:  Skinner Hall, Vassar College, New York 
Length: 19 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Civilization and Its Discontents by Richard Wilson
Performer:  Stephen Johns (Tuba)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/03/1996 
Venue:  Skinner Hall, Vassar College, New York 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Transfigured Goat by Richard Wilson
Performer:  Allen Blustine (Clarinet), Richard Wilson (Piano), Richard Lalli (Baritone),
Ann Hart (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/08/1999 
Venue:  Skinner Hall, Vassar College, New York 
Length: 17 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 

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