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Star Crossing: Music of Robert Paterson

American Modern Ensemble , Robert Paterson , Sato Moughalian , Meighan Stoops , Gilbert Dejean , Charles McCracken , Victoria Paterson , Robin Zeh , Danielle Farina , Robert Burkhart , Jacqueline Kerrod , Matthew Ward , Stephen Gosling , Blair McMillen Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (December 16, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: American Modern Recordings
  • ASIN: B004GIKVI8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Paterson writes in a style I call, for want of a better term, neo-virtuosic. His music is complex, colorful, imaginative, adept, and yes, virtuosic. Figurations are tossed around adroitly between instruments, evoking constantly shifting colors, textures, rhythms, and melodic fragments. However, this is not done haphazardly, but in a way that compellingly carries the listener along with Paterson to the end of the work. I suspect his music must be as much fun to play as it is to listen to... Performances by members of the American Modern Ensemble and recorded sound are everything any composer could hope for. Robert Paterson is clearly a very important composer working on the scene today in America, and it comes as no surprise that his music is being performed by major orchestras and ensembles. Accessible and original, his music has been recognized with numerous awards. If you like well-crafted and imaginative contemporary music, you will certainly not be disappointed in this disc, which receives my highest recommendation. - David DeBoor Canfield --Fanfare (3/2011)

...eclectic and offbeat... Immediately engaging on first hearing, all seven pieces offer a depth and complexity that rewards repeat listening. They are beautifully crafted, played with total conviction, and recorded with remarkable clarity and presence by famed producer Adam Abeshouse. I cannot imagine anyone interested in contemporary music wanting to pass this one by. - Ronald E. Grames --Fanfare (5/2011)

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This recording contains seven chamber works by American composer Robert Paterson, performed by the New York City based American Modern Ensemble. This world premiere recording is the first recording dedicated entirely to Paterson s music. It was recorded at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City and produced by multi-Grammy winning producer Adam Abeshouse. All works feature combinations of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion, with the exception of Embracing the Wind (flute/alto flute, viola and harp) and Elegy (two bassoons and piano). A few works call for the performers to use police whistles or play exotic percussion instruments. These works are inspired by subjects as diverse as a criminal on the run, space travel, an Olympic athlete, the four classical elements, rock and roll, and the music of J.S. Bach. Based in New York City, the American Modern Ensemble has quickly become a major force in the New Music scene, having programmed the widest possible repertoire by American composers, and especially living composers. Since its inception, AME has presented over thirty concerts, featuring performances of works by over eighty composers, using a world-class ensemble that includes some of the finest instrumentalists and vocalists in North America. Further information:

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Crossing: A Great Record December 17, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I don't know if I have the most developed ear for classical music, but I can tell that Star Crossing is really great. It conveys feelings of beauty, movement and, often, foreboding-- like walking through an icy forest or some alien swamp planet. The sound is soulful, meditative, clean, and rich, with many interesting, subtle elements that will reward repeat listening-- though not with so much going on that you can't pick out each instrument in the mix.

Star Crossing works for whether you want to just listen to the music with no other distractions, or whether you want it to be the background to some other aspect of your daily life. It could be particularly appropriate to listen to on the way to work, lending a heightened air of drama to an otherwise mundane commute.

Favorite track, as of right now: The Thin Ice of Your Fragile Mind
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic! January 26, 2011
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I have begun nearly every day with Star Crossing since getting it. Every time I play it, something new makes me fall in love with it all over again. Star Crossing takes me to new places with every listen: one moment I'm in the far desert reaches on an adventure, the next I'm rising and falling in a sea of suspensful anticipation. Good composition is such a great find, and this is most certainly it! Star Crossing for me is soulful and inspiring. I am so thankful to have found such a great collection of music.
This work is for anyone wishing to escape into wonderful composition. These pieces help me to find beauty and evoke wonderful imagery in my daily life. This makes an amazing addition to anyone's music collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Masterpiece December 31, 2010
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Each time I play Star Crossing I hear something new. The storytelling element of the music transcends typical contemporary composition to provide the listener with an evocative experience that leads to a unique and personal journey. Each track offers something new and different, yet each piece works with the others. Star Crossing effortlessly merges the very best of classical, theater, chamber, and popular music with impeccable technique -- simply a stunning collection of music and a must-have for music lovers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic and Inventive Vignettes December 22, 2012
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These modern days, many American composers write chamber music, short pieces for a variety of instruments, which give greater opportunity to explore and to develop one's art and more opportunity to be performed by small ensembles. Robert Paterson writes bright, technically difficult, rhythmic music that stems from his being a percussionist, marimba being his specialty to be precise. This album by the American Modern Ensemble, Paterson's own group that he established with his violinist wife and which performs other American composers too, provides a showcase of his talent with seven pieces, some award-winning. Sextet has a storyline of crime, and it includes a police whistle. The second piece has a crystalline, angular feel enhanced by various metallophones (crotales, bells, cymbals, vibraphone) while woodwinds, cello, violin, and piano bring flowing, some sweetness, and sonority. The album's title work, Star Crossing is a Sci-Fi tone poem of the isolation and danger of traveling through the vastness and stark beauty of space. Embracing the Wind, performed by the trio of harp, viola, and flute, avoids the clichés of Romanticism yet still has a feel of light zephyrs. Two bassoons and piano combine in a commissioned Bach-inspired Elegy, but do not seek any fugues here; it has darkness (the bassoon has a melancholy timbre) and sometime playful brightness (from the piano's treble registers), although the overall tone is sadness. Skylights are another musical impression, this of light (photons as well as a description of weight) that fills dark corners. The music for quartet of clarinets, violin, cello, and piano is no gentle gossamer but a nervous and jagged exposition that project darkness. The light does not shine, it pierces. The final track, Quintus, has Paterson himself playing marimba. Read more ›
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