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Stinson,Caroline / Bloch / Sessions / Harbison
Release Date: 07/12/2011 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1281   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernest BlochRoger SessionsJohn HarbisonWitold Lutoslawski,   ... 
Performer:  Caroline StinsonMolly Morkoski
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

LINES Caroline Stinson (vc); Molly Morkoski (pn 1 ) ALBANY 1281 (76:32)

BLOCH Suite No. 3. SESSIONS 6 Pieces. HARBISON Suite. LUTOS?AWSKI Grave. STUCKY Dialoghi (Studi su un Read more nome). WEESNER Possible Stories. 1 BOULANGER 3 Pieces. CARTER Figment

The “lines” in this program are those principally between mentor and mentee, though there are other interconnections as well among this varied group. The three main strands that cellist Caroline Stinson has in mind are Ernest Bloch-Roger Sessions-John Harbison, Witold Lutos?awski-Steven Stucky-Andrew Waggoner (her husband, by the way), and Anna Weesner, and Nadia Boulanger-Elliott Carter. The crosscurrents occur in that Carter was influenced by Sessions, Waggoner and Weesner are close to Harbison, and so on and so on. Well, I don’t think one can make too big a deal out of all this, as the relationship between artists regarding influence is always a tricky one; but it does provide food for thought, and makes for a nice concept, at least as a starting point.

One other influence not found specifically mentioned but certainly all-prevailing in these pieces is that of J. S. Bach. I suppose after the advent of the six suites for solo cello it is rather a moot point—composers will never be able to shed that enormous albatross and really they and we are all the better for it, as those seminal works proved early on what the cello was capable of. All of the composers on this delightful album learned that lesson well, whether from more overt instances of copycatting like Bloch, Sessions, and Harbison, to the luxuriant lyricism of Boulanger or even the descriptive miniatures of Anna Weesner’s delightful character variations that start quietly and end up loudly and rowdily as if at a party, called Possible Stories.

All through these pieces the one constant of Caroline Stinson’s gorgeous instrument carries the common tune, and a beautiful one it is. She has it all, fabulous tone, great technique, innate musicality, and a real sense of how to project a wide variety of contemporary music. Even though the majority of this recital is for solo cello, Stinson never lets the energy or interest waver for even a moment—her skills at programming are as obvious here as her musical talent. The diversity in these works makes sure that the entire gamut of cello playing is covered, and there is simply no place to hide for any cellist lacking the confidence. Stinson has it in abundance, and has given us a superb debut recital that is certain to bode great things for the future as well. Superb sound captured at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC round out a most desirable issue.

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Works on This Recording

Suite for Cello solo no 3 by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Caroline Stinson (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Pieces (6) for Cello solo by Roger Sessions
Performer:  Caroline Stinson (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Suite for Cello solo by John Harbison
Performer:  Caroline Stinson (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; Nervi, Italy 
Grave by Witold Lutoslawski
Performer:  Caroline Stinson (Cello), Molly Morkoski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; Poland 
Dialoghi by Steven Edward Stucky
Performer:  Caroline Stinson (Cello)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2006 
Notes: Full title of this work is: "Dialoghi - Studi su un nome" 
Le Nom (Upperline) by Andrew Waggoner
Performer:  Caroline Stinson (Cello)
Period: 20th/21st Century 
Written: USA 
Possible Stories by Anna Weesner
Performer:  Caroline Stinson (Cello)
Period: 20th/21st Century 
Written: USA 
Pieces (3) for Cello and Piano by Nadia Boulanger
Performer:  Caroline Stinson (Cello), Molly Morkoski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; France 
Figment by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Caroline Stinson (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 

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