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American Classics - Riley: Cantos Desiertos / Hawley, McFadden


Release Date: 06/17/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559146   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert BeaserJoan TowerTerry RileyLowell Liebermann,   ... 
Performer:  Alexandra HawleyJeffrey McFadden
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Alexandra Hawley and Jeffrey McFadden offer a wonderfully eclectic program for flute and guitar. If you haven't heard this combination of instruments before, on the evidence presented here you'll very likely agree that it's a most musically rewarding pairing. The flute's smooth timbre ideally complements the guitar's non-legato and softly percussive tone quality--aspects put to good use in Robert Beaser's Mountain Songs, where McFadden's rustic, folksy picking and strumming is tempered by Hawley's serenely floating melodies. Joan Tower's quasi-impressionistic Snow Dreams initially conjures up idyllic, pastoral images before the composer's spiky harmonic style slightly sharpens the music's edges.
Read more Likewise, Lowell Liebermann's Sonata for Flute opens with a blissfully ruminative Nocturne, an atmosphere that dissipates immediately with the start of the nervously dancing Allegro finale.


Based on Mexican folk tunes, Terry Riley's Cantos Desiertos features delightfully stirring dances rendered with the aid of percussion. Finally, Peter Schickele's Windows offers a neo-Renaissance Pavane and a songful Cantilena before charging into an all-out strum-fest for the closing Refrain. Hawley and McFadden play beautifully, sounding convincingly at home in all of the varying styles and modes presented by this unusual mix of composers. Naxos' engineering gives listeners a realistic sense of the recording venue. This is one of those discs you just put in your player and totally enjoy.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mountain Songs by Robert Beaser
Performer:  Alexandra Hawley (Flute), Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom, Newmarket, Canada 
Length: 13 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Snow dreams by Joan Tower
Performer:  Alexandra Hawley (Flute), Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom, Newmarket, Canada 
Length: 8 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
The Book of Abbeyozzud: Cantos desiertos by Terry Riley
Performer:  Alexandra Hawley (Flute), Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom, Newmarket, Canada 
Length: 24 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Flute and Guitar, Op. 25 by Lowell Liebermann
Performer:  Alexandra Hawley (Flute), Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom, Newmarket, Canada 
Length: 12 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Windows by Peter Schickele
Performer:  Alexandra Hawley (Flute), Jeffrey McFadden (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2002 
Venue:  St. John Chrysostom, Newmarket, Canada 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Mountain Songs (Beaser): No 1: Barbara Allen
The Book of Abbeyozzud: Cantos desiertos (Riley): No 5: Francesco en Paraiso

Sound Samples

Mountain Songs: Barbara Allen
Mountain Songs: The House Carpenter
Mountain Songs: He's Gone Away
Mountain Songs: Cindy
Snow Dreams
Cantos desiertos: Cancion Desierto
Cantos desiertos: Quijote
Cantos desiertos: Llanto
Cantos desiertos: Tango Ladeado
Cantos desiertos: Francesco en Paraiso
Sonata for Flute and Guitar, Op. 25: I. Nocturne
Sonata for Flute and Guitar, Op. 25: II. Allegro
Windows: Pavane
Windows: Cantilena
Windows: Refrain

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