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WUORINEN: Ashberyana / Fenton Songs I and II / Josquiniana

Composer(s):Wuorinen, Charles
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumentalVocal
Catalogue 8.559377
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


The music of distinguished American composer Charles Wuorinen is notable for its compositional wit, dynamic virtuosity and intellectual rigor. This CD features vocal chamber works from the late 1990s to 2007, a new piano work, and Wuorinen’s ‘remakings’ of music by Josquin des Prés. Ashberyana, a major new work commissioned by Da Camera of Houston, sets the dazzling poetry of John Ashbery for a tour-deforce ensemble led by the composer. Fenton Songs I and Fenton Songs II offer contrasting poems by James Fenton, ranging from lyrical confessions of love to the horrors of Tiananmen Square. Two personal solo piano pieces – one dedicated to conductor James Levine – and Josquiniana, composed for the Brentano Quartet,

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,May 2008

Charles Wuorinen has become an evangelical advocate of cutting edge modernity, having spent his early years in the world of conventional tonality.


 

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