Horse with the Lavender Eye

The Horse with the Lavender Eye

by Los Angeles Piano Quartet
     
 
Composer Stephen Hartke is not a familiar name, but the performers on this disc give a selection of his chamber music and solo piano music all the attention usually reserved for well-loved classics. Led by pianist Xak Bjerken, the opening work, "The Horse with the Lavender Eye for violin, clarinet, and piano," has a witty seriousness, while the closing "The King of

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Composer Stephen Hartke is not a familiar name, but the performers on this disc give a selection of his chamber music and solo piano music all the attention usually reserved for well-loved classics. Led by pianist Xak Bjerken, the opening work, "The Horse with the Lavender Eye for violin, clarinet, and piano," has a witty seriousness, while the closing "The King of the Sun for violin, viola, cello, and piano," reveals a more sonically evocative side of Hartke's style. On his own, Bjerken proves a persuasive interpreter. His sonata has an irresistible flow and his readings of selections from "Post-modern Homages" are often very funny, as in the "Gymnopédie No. 4," and sometimes quite moving, as in "Sonatina DCXL." Written in a not altogether tonal and yet not altogether post-tonal style with dashes of post-modernism and neo-romanticism and a fair-sized helping of inspiration, Hartke's music is ideal for listeners who want emotionally engaging and intellectually appealing new music. Chandos' digital sound is clear, deep, and vivid.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2009
Label:
Chandos
UPC:
0095115151327
catalogNumber:
10513

Tracks

  1. The Horse with the Lavender Eye, episodes (4) for violin, clarinet & piano  - Stephen Hartke  - Stephen Hartke  - Xak Bjerken  - Richard Faria  - Ellen Jewett
  2. Post-modern Homages, for piano: Sonatina - Fantasia. Giubilante  - Stephen Hartke  - Stephen Hartke  - Xak Bjerken
  3. Post-modern Homages, for piano: Gymnopédie No. 4. Suave  - Stephen Hartke  - Stephen Hartke  - Xak Bjerken
  4. Post-modern Homages, for piano: Template. Presto  - Stephen Hartke  - Stephen Hartke  - Xak Bjerken
  5. Estudio-Scherzo for piano in B flat minor  - Henrique Oswald  - Stephen Hartke  - Xak Bjerken
  6. Post-modern Homages, for piano: Sonatina DCXL. Boppin' along  - Stephen Hartke  - Stephen Hartke  - Xak Bjerken
  7. Piano Sonata  - Stephen Hartke  - Stephen Hartke  - Xak Bjerken
  8. The King of the Sun, for piano quartet  - Stephen Hartke  - Stephen Hartke  -  Angeles Piano Quartet

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