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HIGDON, J.: Piano Trio / Voices / Impressions

Composer(s):Higdon, Jennifer
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.559298
Label Naxos
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Jennifer Higdon’s philosophy in composing is simple: make sure the music communicates. It is her goal to write music that speaks not only to the seasoned professional performer, but also to audiences that come to this music with all types of understanding, from the first-time listener to the most sophisticated Classical connoisseur. For her, music is purely a reflection of life and should be enjoyed as such. In her Piano Trio, Higdon explores the relationship between sound and color, and the potential for such elements to convey different moods. The three movements of Voices depict contrasting states of mind, from highly agitated to serene. In Impressions for string quartet, the composer returns to the world of impressionist painting as her source of



Review By Lawson Taitte,The Dallas Morning News,March 2007

Philadelphia-based Jennifer Higdon has been getting some attention hereabouts over the last few years, with commissions from the Dallas and Fort Worth symphonies and the Van Cliburn competition. These two new releases give us the opportunity to hear more pieces by one of the most immediately likable contemporary composers.


Review By William Yeoman,Limelight Magazine,April 2007

Jennifer Higdon, born in 1962, is one of the most popular classical composer writing today. but here music is far from anodyne. Although largely tonal, it can often be tough and viscerally exciting, much like Bartók’s—though Higdon’s Concerto for Orchestra is more suggestive of American masters like Reich and Copland.


Review By David Patrick Stearns,The Philadelphia Inquirer,December 2006

Jennifer Higdon's disc is equally poetic, in a more traditionally pastoral way with feet on the ground, still occasionally echoing the music of Aaron Copland. There's also a sense of antic comedy rarely heard in chamber music.


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