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WUORINEN: Ashberyana / Fenton Songs I and II / Josquiniana

Composer(s)Wuorinen, Charles
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumentalVocal
Catalogue 8.559377
Label / Series Naxos / American Classics
Quality   320kbps
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The music of distinguished American composer Charles Wuorinen is notable for its compositional wit, dynamic virtuosity and intellectual rigor. This CD features vocal chamber works from the late 1990s to 2007, a new piano work, and Wuorinen’s ‘remakings’ of music by Josquin des Prés. Ashberyana, a major new work commissioned by Da Camera of Houston, sets the dazzling poetry of John Ashbery for a tour-deforce ensemble led by the composer. Fenton Songs I and Fenton Songs II offer contrasting poems by James Fenton, ranging from lyrical confessions of love to the horrors of Tiananmen Square. Two personal solo piano pieces – one dedicated to conductor James Levine – and Josquiniana, composed for the Brentano Quartet,


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Work/Track Title Time
WUORINEN: Ashberyana / Fenton Songs I and II / Josquiniana 1:00:51   
      I. Introduction and Recitative: Outside My Window the Japanese… 8:34       
      IIa. Scherzo: Laughing Gravy 2:17       
      IIb. Scherzo: Dear Sir or Madam 2:56       
      III. The Laughter of Dead Men 5:12       
  Praegustatum 2:48       
  Fenton Songs I          
      No. 1. Beauty, Danger and Dismay 1:52       
      No. 2. Out of Danger 2:51       
      No. 3. Serious 1:24       
      No. 4. Hinterhof 3:17       
  Fenton Songs II          
      No. 1. Blood and Lead 1:26       
      No. 2. Tiananmen 2:31       
      No. 3. The Ballad of the Shrieking Man 7:09       
      No. 4. Fireflies of the Sea 4:20       
  Josquin: Ave Christe 5:01       
      I. Helas madame 3:15       
      II. Faulte d'argent 1:27       
      III. Cela sans Plus 1:20       
      IV. Comment peult 1:08       
      V. Vive le Roy 0:43       
      VI. El Grillo, "Josquin a'Ascanio" 1:20       
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