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WUORINEN: Ashberyana / Fenton Songs I and II / Josquiniana


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WUORINEN: Ashberyana / Fenton Songs I and II / Josquiniana

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, complete this compelling portrait of one of today’s most important musical voices.

Wuorinen, Charles
Ashbery, John, lyricist(s)

1.   I. Introduction and Recitative: Outside My Window the Japanese‚Ķ 00:08:34
2.   IIa. Scherzo: Laughing Gravy 00:02:17
3.   IIb. Scherzo: Dear Sir or Madam 00:02:56
4.   III. The Laughter of Dead Men 00:05:12

Wuorinen, Charles

5.   Praegustatum 00:02:48

Wuorinen, Charles
Fenton, James, lyricist(s)

  Fenton Songs I
6.   No. 1. Beauty, Danger and Dismay 00:01:52
7.   No. 2. Out of Danger 00:02:51
8.   No. 3. Serious 00:01:24
9.   No. 4. Hinterhof 00:03:17
  Fenton Songs II
10.   No. 1. Blood and Lead 00:01:26
11.   No. 2. Tiananmen 00:02:31
12.   No. 3. The Ballad of the Shrieking Man 00:07:09
13.   No. 4. Fireflies of the Sea 00:04:20

Wuorinen, Charles

  Josquin: Ave Christe
14.   Josquin: Ave Christe 00:05:01
15.   I. Helas madame 00:03:15
16.   II. Faulte d'argent 00:01:27
17.   III. Cela sans Plus 00:01:20
18.   IV. Comment peult 00:01:08
19.   V. Vive le Roy 00:00:43
20.   VI. El Grillo, "Josquin a'Ascanio" 00:01:20

Total Playing Time: 01:00:51

Wuorinen, Charles

Ashbery, John; Fenton, James

Wuorinen, Charles

Brentano String Quartet; Da Camera of Houston

Feinberg, Alan; Lee, Nina Maria; Rothenberg, Sarah; Shelton, Lucy; Steinberg, Mark; Williams, Leon

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Chamber Music; Instrumental; Vocal

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.559377

Barcode: 0636943937723

Physical Release: 04/2008

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