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  • Conductor: n/a
  • Composer: David Mahler
  • Audio CD (June 1, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New World Records
  • ASIN: B003IG06QG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,393 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. An alder. A catfish
2. After Morton Feldman
3. Deep Water
4. Day Creek Piano Works and The Teams Are Waiting in the Field: I. Sonorous Clang
5. Day Creek Piano Works and The Teams Are Waiting in the Field: II. Crossing Patterns
6. Day Creek Piano Works and The Teams Are Waiting in the Field: Chorale
7. Day Creek Piano Works and The Teams Are Waiting in the Field: III. Sustained Progress
8. Day Creek Piano Works and The Teams Are Waiting in the Field: IV. Three Against Two
9. Day Creek Piano Works and The Teams Are Waiting in the Field: Chorale
10. Day Creek Piano Works and The Teams Are Waiting in the Field: V. Cascades
11. Day Creek Piano Works and The Teams Are Waiting in the Field: VI. Always Birds
12. Day Creek Piano Works and The Teams Are Waiting in the Field: Chorale
13. Day Creek Piano Works and The Teams Are Waiting in the Field: VII. Proximate Sounds
14. Day Creek Piano Works and The Teams Are Waiting in the Field: Chorale
15. Day Creek Piano Works and The Teams Are Waiting in the Field: VIII. Distant Sounds
16. A Rose Blooming for Charles Ives
17. Frank Sinatra in Buffalo
18. Only Music Can Save Me Now

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David Mahler (b. 1944) is an original and prolific composer, but also an active pianist, singer, arranger, choir and vocal workshop director, church musician, writer, and educator. His musical tastes reflect a deeply American sensibility. He is fascinated by the sentimental ballads of Stephen Foster, the syncopated rags of Joseph Lamb, the sonic experiments of Charles Ives and his father George, and the pioneering tape music of Richard Maxfield. He is an important figure in the recent history of American experimental music and his music is noted for its humor, eclecticism, and deep beauty. It is probably safe to say that the seven pieces on this CD, which span a period of thirty-five years, primarily reveal the more serious and lyrical side of the David Mahler musical coin. And though three of the pieces include voice, this collection also focuses on Mahler's ongoing exploration of his own instrument: the piano. The closing work, Only Music Can Save Me Now, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of classical minimalism.

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"David Mahler is not the kind of musician interested in belonging to an elite or appearing as an icon, preferring to mix with regular people--specifically, within neighborhoods and local communities where he teaches, plays, sings and organizes joyful events such as assemblies of amateur instrumentalists and children choirs.... As the time elapses, one thinks that Mahler is a wonderful person. A man who just gives, seemingly wanting nothing in exchange." --Massimo Ricci

"David Mahler is a part of the American experimental tradition, but a quirky, highly personal variant. Several of the pieces in this collection are closely tied to minimalism, but others have a more romantic sensibility, or explore 'classic modernist' tropes. But it is a certain social and political streak, a desire to make music for others of all sorts, that motivates much of this work, and gives it a distinct flavor.... This is quirky, heartfelt, non-dogmatic, and questing music." --Fanfare Magazine

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Paccione on July 26, 2010
Format: Audio CD
In the 1700's the American composer William Billings called upon American composers to be their "own carver." It is good to know that there are still American composers whose music answers Billings' call.

Daivid Mahler composes engaging music that is always original, inventive, deeply personal and idiosyncratic in all the right ways. This recording of Mahler's piano music is a perfect point of entry into his musical world and it offers many wonderful surprises for the listener. The performances by pianist Nurit Tilles are flawless and highly responsive to all of the many nuances required by the music. Her performance of Mahler's fourteen-minute "Cascades" is riveting. Each composition is as well-executed as a well-played baseball game and as American as a 4th-of-July picnic celebration. Both the music and its performance, together, make for a very unique and rewarding listening experience.
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I am not an expert in music, nor am I a musician. I am a visual artist and experimental filmmaker who loves music that can't be defined. If you love simple, clean and well performed music, if you love the energy in experimental works, if you are moved by artists who are true to themselves, this could be the album for you. This is my first David Mahler album, I am so inspired that I am making a film for it. Thank you, Mr. Mahler, for every single note!
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