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This CD presents three major works by American composers: Elliott Carter s Duo (1973), Roger Sessions Sonata for Violin (1953) and Jason Eckardt s Strömkarl (2012). The Carter and Sessions are landmark works in the violin repertoire and in American classical music, and I am truly delighted to bring them together on this recording.

Sessions Sonata, the composer s first piece using dodecaphonic technique, is a large-scale work for the violin on the scale of the Bartók Solo Sonata, its equal in terms of expressive substance and depth, compositional craft and technical challenges. Its long-breathed phrases, rich use of the full registral expanse, hearty rhythmic vitality and variety of moods from melancholy to boisterous good cheer have stirred me since the great Viennese violinist Felix Galimir urged me to learn the piece some years ago. Carter s Duo with its exhilarating, soaring lines, successive metric modulations and constant flux, and textures brimming with surprise and tension is another brilliantly crafted work, considered by its composer one of his best pieces. It thrilled me when I was introduced to it by my teacher, Robert Mann, himself a longtime Carter advocate.

To complete this disk, I commissioned a new piece from a younger American composer whose music I feel relates organically to these Carter and Sessions works. Jason Eckardt is an artist whose music impresses with its combination of intellectual thoroughness, vigorous physicality and spontaneous volatility. His enthusiasm for complexities and his sincere assimilation of a variety of musical genres have given his music an individual and distinctly American cast. Collaborating with him and with Blair McMillen on his piece Strömkarl was a memorable experience, and I am delighted to add it to this strong chain, linking works of the past few decades to those of the present.

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  • Composer: Elliott Carter, Roger Session, Jason Eckardt
  • Audio CD (March 4, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Urlicht
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,895 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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