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Wolosoff: A Light In The Dark

Bruce Wolosoff
Release Date: 02/21/2013 
Label:  Wolf Cub Of Rose   Catalog #: 5638088413  
Composer:  Bruce Wolosoff
Performer:  Caleb BurhansMiho SaegusaMarya MartinStewart Rose,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The poignantly titled ballet, A Light in the Dark (inspired by the life of Helen Keller), is scored for a small chamber ensemble. Wolosoff’s eloquent melodies are refreshingly direct, the uncomplicated harmony suits the subject matter, and there’s a persistent nostalgia for an earlier America in the air (watching the famous movie, The Miracle Worker, might provide dramatic and visual “amplification,” but isn’t required to appreciate Wolosoff’s contribution). There are several distinct ethnic influences scattered throughout the score, for example, fragments of an Irish jig and a corresponding use of drone effects; at least one instance of cosmopolitan French lyricism and motion; “The Table”’s strongly Spanish flavor; and the melancholy Read more Tango is sufficiently idiomatic that it could be taken for one by Piazzolla or one of his contemporaries. There’s a suitably “spooky” mood to “The Haunting,” notable for its episode of “fun house” chromaticism, however I don’t think it’s intended as parody, even if it is slyly amusing. Wolosoff varies his forces as the ballet unfolds so that some vignettes include simultaneous playing by the full ensemble while others introduce the players in more sequential fashion: In other words, a melody is passed from one soloist to another, duets and trios arise, converse, and dissolve, and so on. This gives the music an appealing textural and timbral diversity and no doubt enhances the effect of the choreography when staged. In fact, a DVD of the ballet would be welcome, as the appealing score seems ideally suited to the medium. ...an enjoyable introduction to a composer determined to preserve and share the varied aspects of his “musical truth.”

FANFARE: Robert Schulslaper
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Works on This Recording

1. A Light in the Dark by Bruce Wolosoff
Performer:  Caleb Burhans (Viola), Miho Saegusa (Violin), Marya Martin (Flute),
Stewart Rose (French Horn), Pascal Archer (Clarinet), Karen Ouzounian (Cello),
Blair McMillen (Piano)
Period: 20th/21st Centuries 
Written: USA 

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