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Paul Moravec is a prolific American composer with more than eighty works to his credit. He was the winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in music for his five-movement TempestFantasy for violin and piano. His music is a combination of the earnest and the entertaining, never taking itself too terribly seriously, but at the same time reflecting the thoughts of a thoroughly skilled and technically virtuosic composer.
Review By Victor Carr Jr.,ClassicsToday.com,April 2006
Paul Moravec's The Time Gallery, scored for violin, piano, cello, flute, clarinet, and percussion, explores various aspects of time--or more accurately, our relationship to it through the use of various time-keeping devices. The first movement, Bells: The Devotional Hours, begins in a ringing panoply that easily could find a home in Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov. Multi-layered clock ticking introduces the following Time Machine, while a human heart sets the meter for the mercurial Pulse movement. The finale, Overtime: Memory Sings, superimposes chimes over ticking clocks, setting the stage for the mysterious and meditative music to come. This and the first movement form the slow bookends to the piece, while the inner movements feature a bracing energy and rhythmic vitality similar
Protean Fantasy and Ariel Fantasy present opposite poles of motion: serenely relaxed in the former and nervously swift in the latter. Whatever the pace, both works require imagination and impeccable musicianship, qualities that violinist Paul Sheppard-Skaerved and pianist Aaron Shorr provide aplenty. Naxos' recording captures it all in clear, vivid sound. Now this is a disc of new music most anyone can enjoy.
Review By Zachary Lewis,MUSO,July 2006
Inspired by an exhibit of historic clocks, Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Moravec composed The Time Gallery, a long but action-packed rumination on the nature and power of time.
Chamber sextet Eighth Blackbird premiered the piece in New York in 2001 and performs it again here with stunning assurance. Three of the work's four movements open with chiming bells, allusions to the monastic hours, and the Bach theme is also a frequent one.
Time Machine, the second movement, successfully depicts a range of time-marking machines while The Pulse: The Feelings of What Happens, the third movement, begins with the sound of a beating heart and goes on to convey the act of breathing through rushing scale and arpeggio figures.
Review By David Blomenberg,MusicWeb International,July 2006
Time Gallery could essentially be called a chamber symphony. The movements are cyclical in their constant repetition of phrases, especially in the second movement. The piece appears to be a representation of the development of the clock, from canonical bells to mechanization, to the atomic clock, to time perceived in retrospect. The first movement goes off with the startlement of a clock that has lost a spring, with whirrings and bells, then settles in to the overall sound and feel of a traditional chamber piece. The somewhat exotic scoring of the piece makes itself evident � those are cowbells halfway through that meditative section � as one listens to the piece.
Review By Dominy Clements,MusicWeb International,July 2006
Something which really, really annoys me is shops which put big notices �SALE�, or �SPECIAL OFFER�, and when you look, it�s just budget price CDs being sold at their standard price. Nobody is fooled by this; it just switches me off from looking for new gems from the likes of Naxos. Having said that, I�m not sure I would have picked Paul Moravec out as being on my �must have� list, which, clattering through the jewel cases at sprint speed as usual, would have been a big loss.
Review By Frank Behrens,Brattleboro Reformer,April 2006
Three very interesting CDs have just been issued and I want to give a brief report on each.
From the Naxos mini-series of Brahms� �Four Hand Piano Music,� there is now in Volume 15 the 2-piano versions of �Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4� played by Silke-Thora Matthies and Christian Kohn. I love piano reductions of symphonic works, mainly because I can better appreciate the inner workings of the themes. Of course, they never replace the fully orchestrated originals; but with playing such as is heard on this disc, I will hear these very often.
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