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MORAVEC, P.: Useful Knowledge: A Franklin Fantasy / Vita Brevis / Characteristics (Burton, Mulligan, Scarlata, Trio Solisti)

Composer(s):Longfellow, Henry WadsworthMoravec, Paul
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category InstrumentalVocal
Catalogue 8.559698
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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This program of musical portraits by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec encompasses a song cycle, a cantata and a solo piano work. Vita Brevis is a beautiful cycle of five songs that chart a birth-to-death journey, whereas Characteristics enshrines tributes from the composer to seven musical friends, three pianists, two composers, a violinist and a countertenor, in the form of pithy piano commentaries. Moravec’s tribute to Benjamin Franklin, Useful Knowledge, is a soliloquy cum fantasy that celebrates Franklin’s pioneering rationality with music of dextrous imagination.


   




Review By Marcus Karl Maroney,ConcertoNet.com,January 2012

The three works all have a similar dramatic arc, especially in Moravec’s consistent nostalgic ending. Even in the fast movements, there is never a sense of overwhelming exuberance, and throughout everything is beautiful, never edgy… © 2012 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review



Review By Marcus Karl Maroney,ConcertoNet.com,January 2012

The three works all have a similar dramatic arc, especially in Moravec’s consistent nostalgic ending. Even in the fast movements, there is never a sense of overwhelming exuberance, and throughout everything is beautiful, never edgy… © 2012 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review



Review By Marcus Karl Maroney,ConcertoNet.com,January 2012

The three works all have a similar dramatic arc, especially in Moravec’s consistent nostalgic ending. Even in the fast movements, there is never a sense of overwhelming exuberance, and throughout everything is beautiful, never edgy… © 2012 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review








 

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