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About this Recording
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The eight composers on this compilation, all of them born in 1938, adhere to no single trend or movement, yet each is united by an uncompromising determination to transgress boundaries and expectations in pursuit of artistic autonomy. The representative selections presented here, with their beguiling mixture of lucidity and complexity, dissonance and lyricism, compel repeated listening for music lovers of all tastes and inclinations. Were the musicians of the “Class of ‘38” to express a collective credo, they might very well adopt the words of John Harbison, who famously defined his aesthetic intent “to make each piece different from the others, to find clear, fresh large designs, to reinvent traditions.”

Disc 1

Coates, Gloria

  Symphony No. 15, "Homage to Mozart": III. What Are Stars
1.   Symphony No. 15, "Homage to Mozart": III. What Are Stars 00:05:46

Corigliano Jr., John

  A Black November Turkey
2.   A Black November Turkey 00:02:55

Serebrier, José

  Fantasia (version for string orchestra)
3.   Fantasia (version for string orchestra) 00:12:11

Rzewski, Frederic

  4 North American Ballads: No. 4. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues
4.   4 North American Ballads: No. 4. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues 00:10:35

Harbison, John

  Piano Trio No. 1
5.   Piano Trio No. 1 00:07:24

Tower, Joan

6.   Tambor 00:14:03

Bolcom, William

  Cello Sonata: II. Adagio semplice
7.   Cello Sonata: II. Adagio semplice 00:07:58

Wuorinen, Charles

  Josquiniana: I. Helas madame
8.   Josquiniana: I. Helas madame 00:03:15

Disc 2

  Interview with Joan Tower
1.   Interview with Joan Tower 00:10:48
  Interview with William Bolcom
2.   Interview with William Bolcom 00:10:51
  Interview with John Corigliano
3.   Interview with John Corigliano 00:10:59
  Interview with Charles Wuorinen
4.   Interview with Charles Wuorinen 00:10:52
  Interview with John Harbison
5.   Interview with John Harbison 00:10:50
  Interview with Jose Serebrier
6.   Interview with Jose Serebrier 00:10:58

Total Playing Time: 02:09:25

Bolcom, William; Coates, Gloria; Corigliano Jr., John; Harbison, John; Rzewski, Frederic; Serebrier, José; Tower, Joan; Wuorinen, Charles

Boder, Michael; Serebrier, José; Slatkin, Leonard

London Philharmonic Orchestra; Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Amelia Piano Trio; Brentano String Quartet; Corigliano Quartet

Bolcom, William; Corigliano Jr., John; Fischer, Norman; Harbison, John; Kierman Fischer, Jeanne; Serebrier, José; Tower, Joan; van Raat, Ralph; Wuorinen, Charles

Label: Naxos

Genre: Chamber Music; Instrumental; Interview; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century; Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.572087

Barcode: 0747313208777

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Physical Release: 08/2008

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