Gay American Composers, Volume 2
1997: Composers Recordings Inc. CRI CD 750
Samuel BarberExcursions for Piano
Marc BlitzsteinConcerto for Piano & Orchestra
Aaron CoplandSonata for Violin & Piano
Virgil ThomsonSymphony No. 3:
Alwin NikolaisElectronic Dance Music
This one I got for the Samuel Barber Excursions, which I heard playing one day at Tower Records (on the Ave), upstairs in the Classical section; it was so beautiful, the blues section in particular, that I just stood there pretending to look at CDs or magazines or whatever just so I could hear it through to the end. Robert Cummings has written a very nice succinct description of the Excursions for the All Music Guide, describing the second movement well as being confident in its nonchalance and stop-and-start gait. Now that I think of it, in some ways that reminds me of Robin Vote (of Djuna Barness novel Nightwood).
Im not fond of most of the rest of this album, so I dont play it often modern compositions tend to sound overly intellectualized and not particularly musical, to me.
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.