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Charles Wuorinen (b.1938)

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Wuorinen - Works for violin and piano

Wuorinen - Works for violin and piano


Wuorinen:

Fantasia

Spinoff

The Long and the Short

6 Pieces

The Blue Bamboula


Benjamin Hudson (violin), Garrick Ohlsson (piano)

members of Speculum Musicae

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Bridge - BCD9008

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Alarm Will Sound presents Modernists

Alarm Will Sound presents Modernists


Lennon & McCartney:

Revolution 9

Orfe:

Journeyman

Rihm:

Will Sound

Thomas, Augusta:

Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour

Varèse:

Poème Electronique

Wuorinen:

Big Spinoff


Kirsten Sollek & Caleb Burhans

Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson

As scary a prospect as it might seem, postmodern classical music has always been a breeding ground for some of the most thrilling creative leaps in recorded sound — which is probably why composers like Cage, Oliveros, Reich, Riley, Subotnick, Varèse and many more are known just as widely for their genre-busting experiments in the studio as they are for their written scores.

Alarm Will Sound tests the limits of the canon with an adventurous foray into the outer reaches of propriety on the ensemble’s long-awaited Modernists project. Negotiating the perilous extremes between Edgard Varèse’s Poème électronique and the Beatles’ Revolution 9, conductor Alan Pierson leads AWS on a lively, loopy journey into the incidental, the grandiose and the unexpected.

Besides the acknowledged staples by the Beatles and Varèse, the 23-piece ensemble tackles more recent work by Wolfgang Rihm, Charles Wuorinen, AWS pianist John Orfe, and Augusta Read Thomas (whose Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour features guest vocal performances by Kirsten Sollek and Caleb Burhans). As the Chicago Reader noted ahead of a 2014 performance, Alarm Will Sound “hasn’t just blurred the lines between neoclassical polyphony and contemporary pop; it’s obliterated them.” The Modernists recording, in all its otherworldly and unwieldy glory, only adds to the mystique.

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Cantaloupe - CA21117

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America

America

Music for Saxophone Quartet


Adler, S:

Line Drawings after Mark Tobey

Corbett, S:

Variations (on several lines by Amy Clampitt) for saxophone duo

Florio, C:

Quartette

Peterson, W:

Windup

Starer:

Light and Shadow

Wuorinen:

Saxophone Quartet


Raschèr Saxophone Quartet

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BIS - BISCD953

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American Classics - Charles Wuorinen

American Classics - Charles Wuorinen

Six Trios


Wuorinen:

Trio for Bass Instruments

Horn Trio

Horn Trio Continued

Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano

Double Solo for Horn Trio

Trombone Trio


The Group for Contemporary Music

“chamber mastery” (The Sunday Times)

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Naxos American Classics - 8559264

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American Classics - Charles Wuorinen

American Classics - Charles Wuorinen

String Sextet and other works


Wuorinen:

String Sextet

Second String Quartet

Divertimento

Piano Quintet


Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, TASHI, The Group for Contemporary Music

All works on this disc are World Première Recordings

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Naxos American Classics - 8559288

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Bruce Levingston: Heart Shadow

Bruce Levingston: Heart Shadow


Bielawa:

Elegy-Portrait

Schumann:

Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Wuorinen:

Heart Shadow


Bruce Levingston (piano)

Combining the best of the old and new with world premiere recordings, Sono Luminus is proud to announce the first of three upcoming albums from world renowned pianist Bruce Levingston. Levingston has created programs inspired by literature, the elemental aspects of light and dark, and the power of intimate sound.

The CD Heart Shadow contains three major piano works inspired by literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including world premiere recordings of works by two of the most outstanding composers of our time: Rome Prizewinner Lisa Bielawa and Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Wuorinen. The inspiration for Bielawa’s sweeping and emotionally charged “Elegy-Portrait” comes from a work of Rainer Maria Rilke; Wuorinen’s deeply touching and introspective “Heart Shadow” derives its genesis through by a novella by Salman Rushdie. These exquisitely wrought and powerful new works, both written by leading composers of their generation, are heard alongside Robert Schumann’s brilliant and beloved masterpiece, “Kreisleriana”, a work also inspired by the world of letters, E.T. A. Hoffmann’s magical Katur Murr. Heard together, in elegant and richly colored interpretations by pianist Bruce Levingston, these three dark and magnificent piano works reflect the deep influences that great music and writing continue to have upon one another.

Pianist Bruce Levingston is one of today’s leading figures in contemporary music. Many of the world’s most important composers have written works for him and his world premiere performances of their works Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center have won notable critical acclaim. The New Yorker describes him as ““elegant and engaging”, “a poetic pianist who has a gift for inventive— and glamorous— programming”, while The New York Times calls his performances ““graceful”, “dreamy” and “hauntingly serene”.

Mr. Levingston has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts and music festivals throughout the world and his performances have been broadcast internationally on radio and television. His CD Portraits received high critical praise. Classics Today lauded his ““transcendent virtuosity” and “huge arsenal of tone color”” while Klassic Magazin noted his “warm playing, deep understanding and intimate, richly colored sound.” He is founder and artistic director of Premiere Commission, Inc., a non profit foundation that has commissioned and premiered over forty new works.

With these world premiere performances and Levingston’s stellar interpretation of the classics combined with the extremely well thought out programs, this and the albums to follow are sure to be treasures for piano enthusiasts, classical music lovers, new music aficionados, and the general listening public. The subsequent albums will follow in October and January. The October release, NIGHT BREAK (Liszt, Brahms, Rhim, Glass), will feature works of light and dark with a world premiere recording of Phillip Glass’ “Dracula Suite” transcribed by Bruce Levingston with Philip Glass’ supervision. The January release STILL SOUND (Pärt, Satie, Gross, Schubert, Chopin, Bolcom) is an album of intimate works featuring world premiere recordings of Pulitzer Prize-winner William Bolcom’s “New York Lights” written for Bruce Levingston, and Augusta Gross’ new works inspired by Satie and Pärt.

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Dorian Sono Luminus - DSL92137

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Charles Wuorinen

Charles Wuorinen


Wuorinen:

Tashi

Fortune

Both Tashi and Fortune were written for the ensemble Tashi, and although the rate at which events unfold in Fortune is more gradual than the relentlessly intense Tashi, the two works share certain concerns and complement each other.

Percussion Quartet


New Jersey Percussion Ensemble & The Group for Contemporary Music

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Naxos American Classics - 8559321

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Charles Wuorinen: Ashberyana

Charles Wuorinen: Ashberyana


Wuorinen:

Ashberyana

Fenton Songs II

Fenton Songs I

Josquiniana


Lucy Shelton (soprano), Leon Williams (baritone), James Pugh (trombone), Brentano String Quartet, Alan Feinberg (piano)

Da Camera of Houston, Sarah Rothenberg (piano/artistic director)

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Naxos American Classics - 8559377

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Charles Wuorinen: Chamber Music

Charles Wuorinen: Chamber Music


Wuorinen:

Scherzo

World Première Recording

First String Quartet

Curtis Macomber (violin), Jesse Mills (violin), Lois Martin (viola) & Fred Sherry (cello)

Viola Variations

World Première Recording

Lois Martin (viola)

Second Piano Quintet

World Première Recording

Peter Serkin (piano)

Brentano String Quartet


Charles Wuorinen’s staggeringly prolific output has been remarkably consistent yet tremendously varied. This disc presents the first commercial recordings of three recent pieces, together with the First String Quartet, a watershed work in the composer’s career. Wuorinen’s personal musical language is unabashedly modernist yet imbued with a love of early polyphony, and makes virtuosic demands on the performers. This spritely, sometimes elusive, often ‘maximalist’ music invites multiple interpretations and hearings to reveal the riches deep beneath its sparkling, ever-shifting surface.

“In contrast to the city’s minimalists, Wuorinen is a New York maximalist, a consummate wielder of rich, relentless polyphony, complex and speedily rhythmic textures, able to show each time that high modernism is not only alive and kicking, but a very emblem of the vigour of living.” Sunday Times, 3rd April 2011 ****

“It's his chamber music...that shows his dense, busy language at its most powerful, and the two works here...show its expressive range and the formal ingenuity with which Wuorinen deploys it...The ensemble pieces are paired with substantial solo works – the Scherzo for piano, dashingly well played by Peter Serklin, and the impressive Viola Variations, which Lois Martin turns into a tour de force.” The Guardian, 31st March 2011 *****

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Naxos American Classics - 8559694

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Charles Wuorinen: Chamber Music for Violin, Piano and Harpsichord

Charles Wuorinen: Chamber Music for Violin, Piano and Harpsichord


Wuorinen:

Heart Shadow

The Long and the Short

Harpsichord Divisions

World Premiere Recording

Violin Variations

Six Pieces for Violin and Piano


Anna Skouras (violin) & Andreas Skouras (piano & harpsichord)

Charles Wuorinen, born on 9 June 1938 into a highly cultivated, culturally committed New York family with Finnish antecedents, began composing at the age of five and won the New York Philharmonic’s Young Composer Award at age sixteen in 1954.

In 1962, together with Harvey Sollberger and Nicolas Roussakis, he founded the pioneering Group for Contemporary Music. He continued to work intensively as a composer, pianist, conductor and composition professor at various universities, and his textbook Simple Composition of 1979 is used by students all over the world even today.

In 1970 Wuorinen was the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for his electronic composition Time’s Encomium. In the words of Andreas Skouras, who has made a name for him-self as a champion of contemporary music on the harpsichord and piano in equal measure: “In Charles Wuorinen’s music I am fascinated by the mixture of complexity and the musician’s joy of playing."

The violinist Anna Skouras remarks: “The two works for violin solo by Charles Wuorinen resemble each other at first glance. Both pieces are true gems in the violin literature, and I am pleased to have discovered them for myself and recorded them.”

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Neos - NEOS11123

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