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American Classics - Serebrier: Symphony No 3, Etc /Serebrier


Release Date: 09/23/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559183   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  José Serebrier
Performer:  Carole FarleyLaurent Le ChenadecSandrine Tilly
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Aside from his career as a conductor, José Serebrier has enjoyed some success as a composer, though not as much as he probably deserves. There's an excellent disc of his orchestral music on Reference Recordings, and (among other things) he has done a good bit of work as an arranger of a very effective suite from Janácek's The Makropoulos Case (also on Reference Recordings) and a soon-to-be-issued symphony based on tunes from Bizet's Carmen. In short, he is not a conductor who also composes, but a composer who also conducts.


All of Serebrier's music displays a sense of drama and flair for the unexpected. Symphony No. 3, for strings and soprano vocalise (here presented with stylish spookiness by Serbrier's
Read more wife Carole Farley), begins with a frantic movement that sounds a bit like the second movement of Shostakovich's Eighth Quartet. At the movement's center the work's "motto" theme appears, and it is this tune that will be developed as the work proceeds. The second movement is an elegiac chant largely for cellos, with some Bartókian nocturnal atmospherics toward the end. The next part is a wistful rhapsody with waltz interludes, while the marvelous "film noir" finale introduces the solo soprano to haunting effect. It's a fine work, and under the composer's direction we can assume that it's played as well as it can be by the forces to whom it is dedicated.


The other major works sustain the overall impression of high quality composition, particularly the evocative Fantasia for strings (one of Serebrier's best known pieces, to the extent that any of them are). Perhaps most impressive is the Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile for accordion and chamber orchestra, a piece that risks sounding simply stupid but that here emerges as completely successful, the solo part effortlessly and naturally integrated into the instrumental tapestry. The other works range from the darkly expressionistic Momento psicológico to the comparatively jocose Variations on a Theme from Childhood--and all of them reveal Serebrier's innate feeling for instrumental color and shapeliness of form. Excellent sonics round out this very enjoyable and rewarding musical portrait.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 3 by José Serebrier
Performer:  Carole Farley (Soprano)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2002; USA 
Language: English 
Notes: This work was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Classical
Contemporary Composition. 
2. Elegy for Strings by José Serebrier
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Uruguay 
3. Variaciones sobre una tema de la infancia by José Serebrier
Performer:  Laurent Le Chenadec (Bassoon)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; USA 
4. Momento psicológico by José Serebrier
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957 
5. Dorothy and Carmine by José Serebrier
Performer:  Sandrine Tilly (Flute)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
6. George and Muriel by José Serebrier
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 
7. Fantasia for Strings by José Serebrier
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
8. Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile by José Serebrier
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 3, "Symphonie mystique": Presto
Symphony No. 3, "Symphonie mystique": Lento
Symphony No. 3, "Symphonie mystique": Andante mosso
Symphony No. 3, "Symphonie mystique": Andante comodo
Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile: Passacaglia
Passacaglia and Perpetuum Mobile: Perpetuum mobile
Variations on a Theme from Childhood
Elegy for Strings
Momento psicologico
Fantasia
Dorothy and Carmine!
George and Muriel

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