River of Light: American Short Works for Violin & Piano

River of Light: American Short Works for Violin & Piano

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by Tim Fain
     
 

Violinist Tim Fain and pianist Pei-Yao Wang present an appealing recital of short American compositions on this 2011 Naxos release and give a fairly representative selection of contemporary chamber works by prominent and rising composers. Certainly the best-known pieces are "Knee Play 2," a perpetuum mobile forSee more details below

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Violinist Tim Fain and pianist Pei-Yao Wang present an appealing recital of short American compositions on this 2011 Naxos release and give a fairly representative selection of contemporary chamber works by prominent and rising composers. Certainly the best-known pieces are "Knee Play 2," a perpetuum mobile for solo violin from Philip Glass' minimalist opera "Einstein on the Beach" (1976), and William Bolcom's engaging "Graceful Ghost Rag" (1979), both well on their way to being classics. Aaron Jay Kernis, Richard Danielpour, and Jennifer Higdon are familiar names of the postmodernist generation of American composers, and their respective works, "Air" (1995), "River of Light" (2007), and "Legacy" (1999), show a strong propensity for long-breathed melodies, which is also shared by Kevin Puts in his "Aria" (200) and Lev Zhurbin in his "Sicilienne" (2000). The dominant tone of the program is therefore one of calm reflection and neo-Romantic lyricism, and even though Ruth Shaw Wylie's "Wistful Piece" (1953) is a bit spicier in its modernist harmonies, it also conveys a gentle, introspective mood. The most balanced piece is Patrick Zimmerli's "The Light Guitar" (2006), which goes through contrasting expressions in the manner of a sonata, and the solo violin is given a variety of textures and techniques, which add interest. Naxos provides its customary fine sound, and the performances are attractively enhanced by responsive acoustics.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2011
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943966228
catalogNumber:
8559662
Rank:
223461

Tracks

  1. Legacy, for flute & piano  - Jennifer Higdon  - Tim Fain  - Pei-Yao Wang
  2. The Graceful Ghost, a concert variation for violin & piano  - William Bolcom  - Tim Fain  - Pei-Yao Wang
  3. Air, for violin & piano  - Aaron Jay Kernis  - Tim Fain  - Pei-Yao Wang
  4. Einstein on the Beach, opera: Knee Play 2  - Philip Glass  - Tim Fain
  5. Aria, for violin & piano  - Kevin Puts  - Tim Fain  - Pei-Yao Wang

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Tim Fain   Primary Artist

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