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BOLCOM: Works for Cello (Complete)

Composer(s):Bolcom, William
Artist(s) Fischer, Norman, cello • Kierman Fischer, Jeanne, piano • Moore, Andrea, timpani
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.559348
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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William Bolcom’s compositions, widely performed and recorded, include seven symphonies, various concertos, six operas and an extensive catalogue of chamber music. This recording of his complete works for cello begins with Capriccio, written in a sonata-like form that combines aspects of Milhaud and Brahms. Bolcom’s Suite No. 1 expands on stage music written for Arthur Miller’s tragic Broken Glass, and reflects the play’s somber mood. The one-movement Décalage is strongly influenced by the music of Pierre Boulez, and the bleak and barren universe of Dark Music recalls certain plays of Samuel Beckett. In contrast to these last two works, Bolcom’s Cello Sonata returns to a traditional form and world of


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Review By Edward Reichel,Deseret News,December 2007

"William Bolcom writes music that is stylistically varied... This makes him a fascinating composer and an iconoclast in the best American tradition...Naxos' new release presents all of Bolcom's chamber works for cello, and this CD offers a wonderful overview of his creativity....This is music that is eminently listenable. The players give dynamic performances, especially cellist Norman Fischer. They capture all of the subtleties of these pieces with their wonderfully articulate and intelligent playing and perceptive interpretations."

Review By David Denton, Naxos,November 2007

Do you go back far enough to have heard the young William Bolcom in the 1970’s recording piano rags by Scott Joplin and a few of his own composition in that mood? Well don’t expect such easy-going music when you arrive at the ‘serious’ scores on this new release. Born in Seattle in 1938, his mature studies took place in Paris with Milhaud and Messiaen, his return to the States marked by teaching posts at a number of top-ranking Universities. His compositions defy easy classification, as you will discover when Capriccio opens in atonality and, having passed through some easy listening lyric passages, eventually arrives at a fourth movement in a ‘pop’ style tango. That score comes from 1988, five years before the completion of the first Cello Suite,



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