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Pender: Music for Woodwinds


Release Date: 11/10/2017 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 6127  
Composer:  Scott Pender
Performer:  Brian TraceyWeily ShayAlex CarlucciMargaret Herlehy,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Powell Flute Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Navona Records proudly presents MUSIC FOR WOODWINDS from composer Scott Pender, his fourth appearance on the label. On this album, Pender showcases his chamber works for woodwinds from the last thirty years in ensemble combinations both common and unfamiliar. On this release lyricism abounds throughout. In the lighthearted Kimchi Dreams for two clarinets and bassoon, Pender conjures gentle, dreamy imagery, balancing two lyrical pieces with two quirky, rhythmically charged ones. The cinematic Variations for Oboe & Piano uses the classic theme-and-variations form to paint a broad canvas, which dissolves into a veiled memory at the end. The dramatic Suite for Woodwind Quintet features bubbling, energetic outer movements surrounding a Read more contemplative Adagio. The lower registers are used to great effect in rich, open chordal writing. The most candid and emotional work on the album, Lyric Set for bassoon and piano, fully exploits the wide range of the bassoon. The movements carry descriptive titles: from the flowing opening of “In the Tide of Times,” followed by the reflective simplicity of “Every Day Is Saturday” – then the stubborn humor of “Lord Berners’ Giraffe,” and ending with the sad grandeur of “Hopeful about the Past.” The remaining pieces—Toccatina for flute quartet and Five Dances for bassoon quartet—add an extra element of rhythmic excitement. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Kimchi Dreams by Scott Pender
Performer:  Brian Tracey (Clarinet), Weily Shay (Clarinet), Alex Carlucci (Bassoon)
2.
Variations for Oboe and Piano by Scott Pender
Performer:  Margaret Herlehy (Oboe), Rob Haskins (Piano)
3.
Toccatina for Flute Quartet by Scott Pender
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Powell Flute Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
4.
Lyric Set by Scott Pender
Performer:  Phillip Kolker (Bassoon), Scott Pender (Piano)
5.
Suite for Woodwind Quintet by Scott Pender
Performer:  Niall Casey (Oboe), Nicholas Fitton (Flute), Brian Tracey (Clarinet),
Jenny Smoak (Horn), Hanul Park (Bassoon)
6.
Dances (5) by Scott Pender
Performer:  Hanul Park (Bassoon), Dillon Meacham (Bassoon), Jonathan Nitz (Bassoon),
Alex Carlucci (Contrabassoon)

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