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HARTWAY: Imaginary Creatures / 3 Myths / Images of Mogador / Scenes from a Marriage

Composer(s):Hartway, James
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumentalVocal
Catalogue 8.559346
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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"Fresh", "creative", "optimistic", "accessible" are some of the adjectives used to describe the compositions of contemporary composer James Hartway. This CD features some of Hartway's best-known chamber works, such as Images of Mogador for harp, flute and viola, Scenes from a Marriage for one piano four hands, and the title work Imaginary Creatures for voice and string quartet.


Review By Mark Stryker,Detroit Free Press,December 2007

…At 63, however, Hartway’s reputation is getting a major boost. A CD of his music, “Imaginary Creatures,” was released this month in the high-profile American Classics series on Naxos, whose international distribution promises to elevate his visibility to the highest point in his career. The recognition is nice, says Hartway, but his fondest wish is simply that musicians who hear the CD might like the music enough to play it…“He’s not afraid to really reach out to listeners,” said Sean Hickey, a composition student of Hartway’s at Wayne State in the ’90s. “It’s not simple music in the same way that the populist ballets of Copland are not simple just because there’s a directness of appeal.”


Review By David Denton, Naxos,January 2008

James Hartway belongs to that wealth of composers who mix and match tonality and atonality as it suits them and have primarily emerged from the United States during the second-half of the 20th century. Born in Detroit in 1944, Hartway studied at the Wayne State and Michigan State Universities leading to a career that has to date brought eighty-nine works, the majority of those written to commissions. The present disc includes a taste of his instrumental and chamber output, the Three Myths for Piano showing how quickly he can flit in and out of tonality to build a wholly satisfying movement. Imaginary Creatures, for soprano and string quartet, is less easily approached, the six movements using the same basic formula, though with a voice involved it is less easy to



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