“Paul Moravec is one of those rare composers these days who writes music that is not only original, but is also listenable, yea, even enjoyable. Ever conscious of the power of a good melody, Mr. Moravec combines a winsome way with a tune with a very careful and thought-out use of dissonance to create music that is not only instantly memorable, but worthy of repeated listening.”
Paul Moravec is one of the most admired and acclaimed composers of our time, his music standing out for its melodic grace, lyrical intensity and rich harmonic language. The grandly conceived Violin Concerto rates among one of his most important accomplishments and, with its romantically sensuous elegance and joyous finale, has already earned a place as one of the outstanding American works in this genre. The elegiac Shakuhachi Quintet integrates the classical Japanese bamboo flute with the Western string quartet, while Equilibrium was composed especially for this album, recalling the B-A-C-H motive also heard in the ViolinConcerto. Evoking the tradition of delicious encore pieces, Evermore was written as a wedding gift for Maria Bachmann.
Listen to an extract from
The last movement of the Violin Concerto
About the Artists
Paul Moravec, recipient of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Music, has composed numerous orchestral, chamber, lyric, and operatic works. Frequently commissioned by notable ensembles and major music institutions, his current project is The Shining, based on the Stephen King novel, which will be premièred at Minnesota Opera in 2016.
Maria Bachmann has forged a unique profile as a soloist and violinist of Trio Solisti. Her recordings encompass works from Beethoven to new music, including the world première recording of Philip Glass’ Sonata for Violin and Piano (2008), which was written for her. A graduate of the Curtis Institute, she performs on a 1782 violin by Nicolò Gagliano.
James Nyoraku Schlefer is an American Grand Master of the shakuhachi. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, and BAM, throughout the United States, and in Japan, Indonesia, Brazil and Europe. He composes extensively for both Japanese and Western instruments and is Artistic Director of Kyo-Shin-An Arts.
Pianist Stephen Gosling earned his bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degrees at The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Mennin Prize and Sony Elevated Standards Fellowship. He is a member of the New York New Music Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Orchestra of the League of Composers, Ensemble Ipse, Perspectives Ensemble and Ne(x)tworks.
Rossen Milanov was recently named the Music Director Designate of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as well as the Music Director of the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Music Director of the Princeton Symphony and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain.
The Voxare String Quartet was formed in 2008 and has since received critical praise for its inventive programming, technical prowess, attention to detail, and passionate performances. Voxare has performed at Avery Fisher Hall as a solo ensemble with the New York Philharmonic, and has been quartet-in-residence at New York’s Bargemusic.
Symphony in C is one of three professional training orchestras in the United States preparing musicians and conductors who are on the cusp of world-class careers through concert, educational outreach and professional development programmes.
“I have been following the music of Paul Moravec for about 10 years now, and I find him to be one of the most rewarding compositional voices of his generation. This new release introduces us to three more of his fine works, all first recordings.”
Listen to an extract from Characteristics:
“Not only is the music captivating, it also has a consistent energy and focus that is very impressive. Couple this with a lovely, natural recording and playing of real stature and you have a very
special disc indeed.”
– MusicWeb International
“Protean Fantasy and Ariel Fantasy present opposite poles of motion: serenely relaxed in the former and nervously swift in the latter. Whatever the pace, both works require imagination and impeccable musicianship, qualities that violinist Paul Sheppard-Skaerved and pianist Aaron Shorr provide aplenty. Naxos' recording captures it all in clear, vivid sound. Now this is a disc of new music most anyone can enjoy.”
Listen to an extract from The Time Gallery:
II. Time Machine