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ROREM, N.: Chamber Music with Flute - Mountain Song / Romeo and Juliet / Trio / Book of Hours / Prayers (F. Smith, Leisner, Thomas, Mihae Lee, Pilot)

Composer(s):Rorem, Ned
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.559674
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Ned Rorem’s clarity of emotional expression is perfectly suited to the ‘breathy gold’ of the flute. Covering much of the composer’s career, these pieces range from the early Mountain Song which captures the spirit of a rural Kentucky folksong, to the meditative and spectacular Four Prayers. Rorem worked closely with and was “honored to be so dazzlingly represented by” the performers on this recording, describing flutist Fenwick Smith as “a Faun and a Daphnis all in one.”


Review By Santiago Martín Bermúdez,Scherzo,July 2012


Review By Gonzalo Pérez Chamorro,Ritmo,February 2012

Si exceptuamos la breve Mountain Song, el resto de obras en este disco dedicado a Ned Rorem (1923) son obras de madurez (desde 1960 a 2006) y forman ciclos relativamente amplios. En la música del compositor americano nacido en Richmond destaca muy por encima el sentido de la melodía, una melodía nada aparatosa y efectista, pero sí muy homogénea y delicada, como en el Romeo and Juliet para flauta y guitarra (1977), que utiliza nota por nota el tema de amor de la banda sonora del Espartaco de Kubrick, compuesta por Alex North, que también repite en la cuarta de las Four Prayers para flauta y piano (2006), ya grabada por Naxos en “Eight Visions”, con la flautista Marya Martin (8.559629). En Romeo


Review By dmx,August 2011

…This new album contains Rorem’s lovely chamber music featuring the flute with guitar, cello, piano, and harp…


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