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Spratlan: When Crows Gather, Etc / Hostetter, Sequitur


Release Date: 02/22/2005 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 725   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Lewis Spratlan
Performer:  Paul HostetterMark KaplanLucy Shelton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequitur
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

World premiere recordings of this major American composer's chamber works.

Lewis Spratlan, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, was born in Miami. His music is performed regularly throughout the United States. A number of works have toured widely, as far afield as Russia and Armenia. Spratlan's work has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim and Massachusetts Artists Foundations, the NEA, Tanglewood and the MacDowell Colony. His opera Life is a Dream won a top prize in the Rockefeller Foundation-New England Conservatory Opera Competition and appeared on the New York City Opera's “Showcasing American Opera” series in 2002; his Apollo and Daphne Variations won the New England Composers Orchestra Competition. Among
Read more recent works is the one-act opera Earthrise, on a libretto by Constance Congdon, which was commissioned by the San Francisco Opera; a piano quartet commissioned by the Ravinia Festival; and Sojourner for ten players, commissioned for Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble by the Koussevitzky Music Foundation at the Library of Congress. Since 1970, he has been on the music faculty of Amherst College and has also taught and conducted at Penn State, Tanglewood and the Yale Summer School of Music.

"...When Crows Gather and Other Works," performed by ensemble Sequitur, makes clear that his style, though challenging, is lucid, engrossing and vibrantly imaginative." - New York Times
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Works on This Recording

1. When Crows Gather by Lewis Spratlan
Performer:  Paul Hostetter ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequitur
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters,NYC 
Length: 17 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters,NYC (11/07/2003 - 11/10/2003) 
2. Concertino for Violin by Lewis Spratlan
Performer:  Mark Kaplan (Violin), Paul Hostetter ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequitur
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters,NYC 
Length: 17 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters,NYC (11/07/2003 - 11/10/2003) 
3. Of Time and Seasons by Lewis Spratlan
Performer:  Lucy Shelton (Soprano), Paul Hostetter ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequitur
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters,NYC 
Length: 26 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters,NYC (11/07/2003 - 11/10/2003) 
4. Zoom by Lewis Spratlan
Performer:  Paul Hostetter ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequitur
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; USA 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters,NYC 
Length: 15 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: American Academy of Arts and Letters,NYC (11/07/2003 - 11/10/2003) 

Sound Samples

When Crows Gather
Violin Concertino: I. Giocoso
Violin Concertino: II. Andante
Violin Concertino: III. Finale: Mazurka
Of Time and the Seasons: No. 1. Prologue
Of Time and the Seasons: No. 2. Heading Northeast
Of Time and the Seasons: No. 3. Landscape: Winter Evening
Of Time and the Seasons: No. 4. The Sea
Of Time and the Seasons: No. 5. Landscape: Midsummer Night
Of Time and the Seasons: No. 6. The Muster
Of Time and the Seasons: No. 7. Embers
Zoom: I. Bipolar Serenade
Zoom: II. Holes
Zoom: III. Jingle Without Words

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