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The World Of Robert Ackerman: Interplay Classical / Willems, Slovak State Philharmonic Players, Athena String Orchestra

Ackerman / Athena String Orch / Williems
Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1391   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert Ackerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athena String Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"As a composer, Robert Ackerman straddles the jazz and classical realms; this collection displays his music to very good effect. Though there are plenty of nods to jazz, these are set in a classical context. He seems just as at home writing severe, angular, dissonant chamber music as writing lilting, breathy jazz licks with simple (but subtle) bass accompaniment...The discs are given titles: ‘Interplay’ for the disc containing the large composition of the same name, ‘Smaller Ensembles’, and ‘My Third Stream’. Much care has been given to the programming, and the album sounds cohesive from beginning to end. The recording is close and clear, and the performers are precise and engaged."

- American Record Guide -
Read more March/April 2012

LANGSAMMER SATZ for string quartet (2003)
TWO MORCEAU for string quartet (2003)
CHANGES for 7 players (1967)
DARK CIRCLING for alto saxophone and bass (free improvisation)
INTERPLAY for 16 players (1969)
CIRCLING PERMUTATIONS for flute and bass (free improvisation)
VISUALS for clarinet and cello (1980)
TWO HAIKU for flute, violin and cello (2002)
THE WARRIORS for flute and bass (free improvisation)
ANYTHING BUT for clarinet and bass (free improvisation)

WATER for string orchestra (2007)
AURORA for string orchestra (2007)
WIRED for electric guitar (1967)
FIVE PIECES for acoustic guitar (1967)
MAJESTIC for flute and bass (free improvisation)
SHORT STORY DUO for flute and cello (2000)
TWO SHORT TRIOS for flute, clarinet and cello (2001)
HAVANA SPECIAL for clarinet and bass (free improvisation)
JUXTAPOSITIONS for flute, tenor saxophone, bass and percussion (free improvisation)
EDIOS for clarinet and string quartet (1985)
UNDERPINNINGS for flute, bass and drums (free improvisation)
WINTER’S DEATH sextet (2002)
SHORT STORY for flute and bassoon (2000)
SOUTH CAROLINA SKETCHES for sax trio (1998)

SCENA for strings, flute, clarinet, percussion, harp and cello (1968)
REFLECTIONS for flute and strings (2006)
GLACIER for flute and strings (2007)
VISIBILITY ZERO for string quartet (2003)
VISIBILITY ZERO for jazz trio (1973/2003)
HERB FISCHER for string quartet (2003)
HERB FISCHER for jazz trio (1973/2003)
CIRCLING for string quartet (2003)
CIRCLING for jazz duo (1963/2005)
CIRCLING for jazz trio (2007)
FOUR TRIOS for violin, viola and cello (2003)
CIRCLING PERMUTATIONS for jazz duo (2005)
GENTLE MOOD for jazz trio (1970/2001)
TRES X 4 for jazz trio (1967)

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Works on This Recording

Langsammer satz by Robert Ackerman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Athena String Orchestra
Period: 20th/21st Centuries 
Written: USA 

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