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ROREM: End of Summer / Book of Hours / Bright Music

Composer(s):Rorem, Ned
Artist(s) Fibonacci Sequence, Ensemble
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.559128
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By John Fleming,St. Petersburg Times,

"The classical music world thinks of Ned Rorem as the pre-eminent American composer of art songs.

While Rorem the composer will be remembered most for his songs, he has also written widely in other genres, including symphonies, concertos, chamber music, choral works, operas and ballets. He won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for his orchestral suite Air Music. Now Naxos has released a pair of well-performed discs of his instrumental music.

Rorem, who turned 80 in October, lived in Paris from 1949 to 1958, and his Third Symphony relates to those days. The composer has said he was "actively sad" when he wrote the five-movement piece as he prepared to move back to the United States; the slow fourth movement constitutes "a farewell to France."


Review By Lawson Taitte,The Dallas Morning News,

"Ned Rorem's music, at least in the hands of these players, also sounds natural, beautiful and inevitable. Now a senior statesman among American composers, Mr. Rorem has long been famous for his art songs and his elegantly scandalous tell-all memoirs.

The title piece starts out with an extended violin solo that doesn't sound particularly "modern" at all. Eventually the piano and then the clarinet join in, spinning melodies as graceful as anything Jerome Kern or Robert Schumann ever turned out.


Review By John von Rhein,Chicago Tribune,December 2003

"This year brought another bumper crop of interesting and important classical releases that confounded the gloom-and-doom merchants who have long been predicting the industry's demise. While there was a drop in new product from the majors (RCA, EMI, Sony, Universal Classics) amid rumors of impending mergers, the indies upped their share of the classical market, in part because of Internet sales. Knowledgeable consumers continued to rely on these smaller independent labels to produce quality performances of adventuresome repertory.

Ned Rorem's 80th birthday year has brought a spate of well-deserved tributes near and far and seems to have marked a creative watershed for the composer. This excellently played and recorded disc, holding three attractive chamber works from the 1970s



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