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Looking Back: Schwantner, Carter, Persichetti, Barber, Martino / Garrison, Mauchley

Carter / Persichetti / Dick / Garrison / Mauchley
Release Date: 01/10/2012 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1329  
Composer:  Joseph SchwantnerElliott CarterDonald MartinoVincent Persichetti,   ... 
Performer:  Leonard GarrisonJay Mauchley
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

LOOKING BACK Leonard Garrison (fl); Jay Mauchley (pn) ALBANY TROY 1329 (58:56)

SCHWANTNER Looking Back. Black Anemones. CARTER Scrivo in Vento. MARTINO Quodlibets. PERSCIHETTI Parable. DICK Fish Are Jumping. Read more class="COMPOSER12">BARBER Canzone. BEASER The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water

Leonard Garrison is associate professor of flute and aural skills at the University of Idaho. He is also principal flutist of the Walla Walla Symphony, a member of the Northwest Wind Quintet, and half of the Scott Garrison Duo. Jay Mauchley is a professor of piano emeritus from the University of Idaho.

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner has written some interesting pieces for flute and piano. Looking Back is his tribute to Samuel Baron (1925–97), who taught a generation of most accomplished flute players at Yale University, the Mannes College of Music, the State University of New York, and the Juilliard School of Music. To honor Baron, Schwantner made the piece deliberately difficult, but Garrison and Mauchley surmount it with style. The third movement, “Just Follow,” flows like a rippling brook. Black Anemones is an earlier work by Schwantner. It is actually a song with a dreamlike text by Agueda Pizarro that Dawn Upshaw recorded on a 1996 Nonesuch disc. Garrison creates an atmosphere that communicates the images of the poem.

Elliott Carter wrote Scrivo in Vento for Robert Aiken, who premiered it in 1991 at the Cathedral of Chartreuse in Avignon. The words are by Petrarch, who lived there in the 14th century. Donald Martino’s early Quodlibets are angular but light and they give the impression of improvisation by a master flutist. The Vincent Persichetti Parable for solo alto flute is the first in the composer’s series of 25 parables for various instruments written between 1965 and 1987. It is followed by New York University professor Robert Dick’s rather jazzy Fish Are Jumping, which lightens the mood and amuses the listener.

Samuel Barber’s Canzone for flute and piano is an arrangement of the second movement of his piano concerto. It’s a good change of pace and adds immeasurably to the enjoyment of this disc. Robert Beaser is a new tonalist who has a distinctive gift for melody. His music is generally accessible, even to people who are new to classical music, and he composes in a traditional manner. In 1977, at the age of 23, he was the youngest composer ever to win the centuries-old Prix de Rome, the prize that started the careers of so many of his famous predecessors.

The CD’s sound is excellent, and when the piano plays with the flute, it is equally miked. It’s another great flute recording from Leonard Garrison.

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Works on This Recording

Looking Back by Joseph Schwantner
Performer:  Leonard Garrison (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2009; USA 
Scrivo in Vento by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Leonard Garrison (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
Quodlibets by Donald Martino
Performer:  Leonard Garrison (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Parable I for Alto Flute, Op. 100 by Vincent Persichetti
Performer:  Leonard Garrison (Alto Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Fish Are Jumping by Robert Dick
Performer:  Leonard Garrison (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Canzone for Flute and Piano, Op. 38a by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Leonard Garrison (Flute), Jay Mauchley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USA 
Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water by Robert Beaser
Performer:  Leonard Garrison (Flute), Jay Mauchley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 
Black Anemones by Joseph Schwantner
Performer:  Leonard Garrison (Flute), Jay Mauchley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 

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