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WALDEN, S.: Maquettes / Sh'mah / 5 Similes / Horn Trio (Spectrum Concerts Berlin)

Composer(s):Walden, Stanley
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.559355
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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A native of Brooklyn, New York, the composer, clarinetist, conductor, actor, film director and educator Stanley Walden has written orchestral, chamber and solo works, as well as operas and musicals including Oh! Calcutta! This disc of chamber and instrumental works features Maquettes or “models” for two pianos, the five miniatures for solo piano Similes, Sh’mah for violin and cello, developed from sources of traditional Jewish music, and the Horn Trio, written “out of a controlled sadness and rage at the events of Sept. 11, 2001”. Walden’s affiliation with Spectrum Concerts Berlin began in 1997.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,August 2008

If you live outside of the United States the name of Stanley Walden might not spring to mind, though he was among the most prolific American composers in the second half of the Twentieth century. His works cross every musical border, from avant garde classical through to film music and musicals, the latter including the top selling Oh! Calcutta!. I resist listing his many other achievements as He was also a performing clarinetist, conductor and that of an actor and stage director. Here we have a survey of some recent chamber and instrumental works. Charles Ives is lurking behind Maquettes, commissioned and played by the husband and wife team of Robert Levin and Ya-Fei Chuang. Sh’mah for violin and cello is based on Jewish melodies, and as such is a mainly



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