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Richter: Spectral Chimes, Etc; Mckinley: Concerto


Release Date: 03/02/1999 
Label:  Mmc Recordings   Catalog #: 2066   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Marga RichterWilliam Thomas McKinley
Performer:  Jeff SilberschlagDeborah Greitzer
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Radio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Marga Richter was born in Wisconsin but grew up in Minnesota, beginning her musical studies in Minneapolis before going on to Juilliard where she studied piano with Rosalyn Tureck and composition with Vincent Persichetti and William Bergsma. To date she has composed over seventy-five works. She completed Spectral Chimes/Enshrouded Hills in 1980; this recorded performance represents the work's premiere. "While writing Spectral Chimes," she explains, "I was reading Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. My consciousness was gradually permeated with the image of Tess constantly toiling up and down those misted English hills, seeking something which proved to always be just beyond her reach. These feeling are reflected in the music. Hardy's Read more references to phantoms and to bells became my spectral chimes, and his distant vistas my enshrouded hills." About Quantum Quirks Richter writes: "This brief comic overture written in 1991 takes its "Q" from those evanescent subatomic particles that make up our universe - and furnishes a kind of satyr-play burlesque to follow the exalted tragedy of Spectral Chimes." When composers venture into the realm of everyday life, it is usual to write study pieces for children or entertaining piano cycles. More grandiose ventures into the quotidian are very rare, the most famous being Richard Strauss' epic Symphonia Domestica. McKinley brings several novel twists to this curious musical genre in his 1991 Concerto Domestica. First, there is the notion of a domestic concerto with the resultant emphasis on virtuosity. Second, there is the unusual arrangement of employing two soloists to represent the two partners in a marriage. And third, there is the even more unusual choice of solo instruments: trumpet and bassoon - a seemingly eccentric coupling but the natural result of McKinley's writing this work for a married couple who just happen to be virtuosi on these instruments, Jeff Silberschlag and Deborah Greitzer. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Spectral Chimes/Enshrouded Hills by Marga Richter
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
2.
Quantum Quirks of a Quick Quaint Quark by Marga Richter
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
3.
Concerto Domestica by William Thomas McKinley
Performer:  Jeff Silberschlag (Trumpet), Deborah Greitzer (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 

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