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Portraits & Elegies

Lasser , Rorem , Lieberson , Platt , Frank Almond , Brian Zeger Audio CD
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listen  8. Night Music: III. Gnats 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Night Music: VIII. Saying Goodbye, Driving Off 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen12. Autumn Music: I. Adagio: Amoroso 9:03Album Only
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  • Performer: Frank Almond, Brian Zeger
  • Composer: Lasser, Rorem, Lieberson, Platt
  • Audio CD (April 27, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Innova
  • ASIN: B0039ZCHTA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,342 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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" Portraits, Elegies " (Innova 763) featuring Frank Almond, violin and Brian Zeger, piano is a definite must hear for the beauty of the selections and the mastery of the performances. Frank Almond is the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony, formerly of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic. Possessed of a rich, beautiful sound, Almond is a wonderful player and seems to have a real connection the pieces on this program. Brian Zeger is one of the nation's best known accompanists and chamber musicians. He is also the artistic director of the vocal arts department at Julliard. This whole album is devoted to music that is reflective, pensive, melancholic; at times, sad and captivating throughout. The " Vocalise " (1999) by Philip Lasser was written in homage to Rachmaninov and is quite reminscent of the piece of the same title. The version heard here later became the center movement of Lasser's symphony, "Circle of Dreams". Lasser's " Berceuse Fantasque " is a lullaby, representing a song sung to a child and the dreams encountered by the child as well as the singer. The result is almost psychological, alternating between the peaceful and the restless, much as dreams do. The selections from " Day Music " and " Night Music " by Ned Rorem are well chosen. Some are plaintive, subdued and tranquil; others, highly energetic and virtuostic show pieces. Highlights include the very French sounding " Extreme Leisure " and the " Billet doux ", Rorem having a near life long affinity for and expertise in French music. The 'driving' side of the Rorem selections is typified by " Gnats " and " Bats ", both propelled forward by some very edgy, jazz-like rhythms. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful May 10, 2010
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Violinist Frank Almond and pianist Brian Zeger team up on this new release from Innova to perform a range of chamber music by four contemporary composers. The pieces vary widely in character and style, but all embody the adage that less is more. Philip Lasser's "Vocalise" and "Berceuse Fantasque" are spare, emotionally haunting works of considerable subtlety and depth. Lasser's melodies are stunningly beautiful, and the counterpoint between violin and piano is nothing short of breathtaking. The selections from Ned Rorem's "Day Music" and "Night Music" segue from elegiac tone poems to sprightly, dance-like exercises in rhythm; all are effortlessly beguiling. Peter Lieberson's "Elegy" strikes a lugubrious tone from start to finish, yet harbors unexpected shards of lightness among the gloom. Russell Platt's "Adagio, Amoroso" and "Lamentoso" are pure expressions of beauty and longing. Almond and Zeger make for a great team--their playing is completely in sync in terms of form, content and expression. An interesting side note to this recording is that Almond plays the "Lipinski" Stradivarius, which dates from 1715. Needless to say, it sounds out of this world, with a warmth and timber from another age.
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