Paul Moravec: Useful Knowledge

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Paul Moravec: Useful Knowledge

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8559698
(8.559698)

Discs:

1

Release date:

3rd Jan 2012

Barcode:

0636943969823

Length:

55 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Paul Moravec: Useful Knowledge

World Première Recordings


Moravec:

Vita Brevis (version for soprano and piano trio)

Characteristics

Useful Knowledge: A Franklin Fantasy


Cecilia Brauer (glass harmonica), Randall Scarlata (baritone), Simon Mulligan (piano) & Amy Burton (soprano)

La Fenice & Trio Solisti

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This programme of musical portraits by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec encompasses a song cycle, a cantata and a solo piano work. Vita Brevis is a beautiful cycle of five songs that chart a birth-to-death journey, whereas Characteristics enshrines tributes from the composer to seven musical friends, three pianists, two composers, a violinist and a countertenor, in the form of pithy piano commentaries. Moravec’s tribute to Benjamin Franklin, Useful Knowledge, is a soliloquy-come-fantasy that celebrates Franklin’s pioneering rationality with music of dextrous imagination.

Paul Moravec: Vita Brevis (version for soprano and piano trio)

No. 1. Lullaby

No. 2. My Heart Leaps Up

No. 3. Mezzo Cammin

No. 4. The Coming of Wisdom with Time

No. 5. In Remembrance

Paul Moravec: Characteristics

I. Boisterous

II. Serene

III. Impish

IV. Vivacious

V. Elegant

VI. Humorous

VII. Contemplative

Paul Moravec: Useful Knowledge: A Franklin Fantasy

Useful Knowledge: A Franklin Fantasy

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