Trio Fedele: Debut

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
This collection of flute chamber music by Lowell Liebermann shows the continuing influence of Shostakovich in American compositional circles. How could he not be influential? He drew the wrath of a murderous bureaucracy, something of which most American composers can only dream. The three pieces recorded here, two trios for flute, cello, and piano and one flute-and-piano sonata, are full of Shostakovich trademarks such as motoric piano rhythms, whole-tone themes, lyrical slow movements suffused with weighty gloom, and sonata-form outer movements in which the classical contrast of a rhythmic first theme and a melodic second theme is amplified with contemporary harmonies. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
This collection of flute chamber music by Lowell Liebermann shows the continuing influence of Shostakovich in American compositional circles. How could he not be influential? He drew the wrath of a murderous bureaucracy, something of which most American composers can only dream. The three pieces recorded here, two trios for flute, cello, and piano and one flute-and-piano sonata, are full of Shostakovich trademarks such as motoric piano rhythms, whole-tone themes, lyrical slow movements suffused with weighty gloom, and sonata-form outer movements in which the classical contrast of a rhythmic first theme and a melodic second theme is amplified with contemporary harmonies. Yet the music does not sound like Shostakovich. Liebermann removes a few key Russian elements from the texture, breaking up the music into virtuoso spaces for the flute and piano. It's lighter than Shostakovich, and much less evocative of the composer's struggles to find a place in contemporary society, but it's equally listenable. Sample the opening Allegro of the "Trio No. 1 for flute, cello, and piano, Op. 83" track 4, with its sparkling textures and expert instrumental treatments, or the novel three-movements-in-one structure of the "Trio No. 2, Op. 87" track 1. The craftsmanship of the music is impressive, and the performances by the Trio Fedele very well wrought. You have to be sympathetic to conservative academic styles to respond fully to this music, but those fitting that description, a group that includes quite a number of instrumentalists active in university settings, will find much of interest here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2007
  • Label: Artek
  • UPC: 661853003428
  • Catalog Number: 34
  • Sales rank: 338,892

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Trio No. 2 for flute, cello & piano, Op. 87: Moderato con pazzia - Cortège - Placido - Tempo Pr - Lowell Liebermann & David Fedele (21:00)
    Composed byLowell Liebermann
  2. 2–3 Sonata for flute & piano, Op.23 - Lowell Liebermann & David Fedele (13:52)
    Composed byLowell Liebermann
    1. 2 Lento con rubato
    2. 3 Presto energico
  3. 4–7 Trio No. 1 for flute, cello & piano, Op. 83 - Lowell Liebermann & David Fedele (22:10)
    Composed byLowell Liebermann
    1. 4 Allegro
    2. 5 Moderato
    3. 6 Largo
    4. 7 Presto
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Performance Credits
David Fedele Primary Artist
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