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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)

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

Wuorinen, Charles

  Praegustatum
5.   Play with flash player Praegustatum 00:02:48

Wuorinen, Charles
Fenton, James, lyricist(s)

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

Wuorinen, Charles

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

Total Playing Time: 01:00:51






Composer(s):
Wuorinen, Charles

Lyricist(s):
Ashbery, John; Fenton, James

Conductor(s):
Wuorinen, Charles

Ensemble(s):
Brentano String Quartet; Da Camera of Houston

Artist(s):
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

Release Date: 04/2008

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