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Feurzeig: Lingua Franca / Whitehouse, Panner, Low and Lower

Release Date: 09/28/2018 
Label:  American Modern Recordings   Catalog #: 1051  
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Lingua Franca is the first album devoted to the music of David Feurzeig, whose compositions “test the boundaries between vernacular and concert music, seriousness and humor, and disparate musical traditions” (Dresdner Amtsblatt.) A lingua franca is any language or hybrid of several languages used as a common tongue—an apt description of Feurzeig’s music, which speaks in a unique personal synthesis made from elements of highly diverse styles. The entire album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grammy-winning producer and recording engineer Adam Abeshouse. The title piece features the “world’s top-selling cello/bass duo” Low & Lower (Brooks Whitehouse and Paul Sharpe) in a virtuosic display as they play while reciting or singing five Read more gems of International English—today’s lingua franca—which range from a Belgrade hotel elevator sign (“press a number of wishing floor”) to the instructions on a chopstick wrapper (“the traditional and typical of Chinese glonous history”). Feurzeig is the performer on the alternately poignant and hilarious “Four Homages,” which reimagines the work of great composer-pianists of the past in contemporary vernacular piano styles: from the Bartokian “Bela’s Blues” to “Stride Rite,” a 3-minute summary of the Rite of Spring in ragtime. The set concludes with a tribute to Martin Luther King, a quodlibet of “We Shall Overcome” and “Happy Birthday,” which is both a cri de couer for our troubled times and somehow also a rollicking boogie-woogie celebration. The album begins and ends with pieces for unaccompanied solo string instrument. Whitehouse performs the majestic five-movement Sonata for Solo Cello, which extends the monumental tradition of the Benjamin Britten solo sonatas into the 21st century with innovative virtuoso techniques. Violist Daniel Panner, Naumburg winner and principal of the NYC Opera, plays the Sonata for Solo Viola, which likewise tests the limits of the instrument, but always in the service of passionate expression. Read less

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Love this utterly fascinating CD! November 27, 2018 By Libby B. See All My Reviews "David Feurzeig’s “Lingua Franca” is one of the most interesting contemporary albums I have ever listened to! Each segment to the CD is filled with an individualized objective and feel. As well as that, the provided information on the CD case is perfect when listening- it allows me to gain a stronger understanding of what Feurzeig’s thoughts are for his music. Something that particularly stood out to me was the sense of silence and pause Feurzeig integrates into some pieces, most notably in the first part of the CD. I was really able to comprehend the meaning of the composition as the cellist plucked and pondered. My personal favorite of the four parts would have to be Lingua Franca itself. It is safe to say I have never heard anything quite like it- the chosen lyrics make the pieces far more illuminating towards Feurzeig’s presumed intention to be bold, and unthought of, which is fantastic. Overall, a very intriguing compilation of composition. I highly recommend to anyone interested in something they won’t hear anywhere else!" Report Abuse
 Very good November 7, 2018 By R. MacDowell See All My Reviews "Great CD! Pushes the envelope without tearing it entirely. Pieces like "Ice Tray" play like easy listening (but good). "Elevator Music" is further out there, and the viola sonata is the finest avant-garde classical music I've heard in years. Notable throughout is the recording quality: during the spoken sections, it sounds like the planes are in the room, bellowing as they pluck stern pizzicato notes. Well done, Maestro!" Report Abuse
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