Ned Rorem: Chamber Music with Flute

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Ned Rorem: Chamber Music with Flute



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30th Aug 2011




69 minutes


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Ned Rorem: Chamber Music with Flute


Mountain Song

version for flute and piano

Romeo and Juliet

Trio for flute, cello and piano

Book of Hours

Four Prayers

Fenwick Smith (flute), David Leisner (guitar), Ronald Thomas (cello), Mihae Lee (piano) & Ann Hobson Pilot (harp)



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Ned Rorem’s clarity of emotional expression is perfectly suited to the ‘breathy gold’ of the flute. Covering much of the composer’s career, these pieces range from the early Mountain Song which captures the spirit of a rural Kentucky folksong, to the meditative and spectacular Four Prayers. Rorem worked closely with and was “honored to be so dazzlingly represented by” the performers on this recording, describing flutist Fenwick Smith as “a Faun and a Daphnis all in one.”

Ned Rorem: Mountain Song (version for flute and piano)

Mountain Song (version for flute and piano)

Ned Rorem: Romeo and Juliet

I. I ne're saw true beauty till this night

II. Queen Mab hath been with you

III. How silver-sweet sound lovers' tongues by night

IV. O serpent heart …

V. … sad hours seem long

VI. … it was the nightingale

VII. Come weep with me

VIII. … empty tigers

IX. … never was a story of more woe

Ned Rorem: Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano

I. Largo misterioso - Allegro

II. Largo

III. Andante

IV. Allegro molto

Ned Rorem: Book of Hours

I. Matins (Nocturne)

II. Lauds (Sunrise)

III. Prime (6am)

IV. Terce (Mid-morning)

V. Sext (Noon)

VI. None (Mid-afternooon)

VII. Vespers (Evensong)

VIII. Compline (Nightfall)

Ned Rorem: 4 Prayers

First Prayer: quarter note = 60, without expression

Second Prayer: half note = 50

Third Prayer: Loud and Fast, quarter note = 144 (a palindrome)

Last Prayer: quarter note = 69

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