Ned Rorem: Winter Pages, Bright Music

Composer(s): Ned Rorem
Album Title: Ned Rorem: Winter Pages, Bright Music 
Cat. No.: 80416
Genre: Classical
Description: Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival: Ani & Ida Kavafian, violin; Fred Sherry, cello; Todd Palmer, clarinet; Marya Martin, flute; Frank Morelli, bassoon; Charles Wadsworth, Andre-Michel Schub, piano.

Ned Rorem's music strives for clarity. He distrusts the convoluted, the pompous, the grandiose. To some degree this is a legacy of his years in Paris and his exposure to figures such as Poulenc, Auric, and Cocteau.. However, Rorem treated the neoclassical aesthetic not with French irony and emotional distance, but with American openness and first-name intimacy, adding clarity of emotional expression to intelligibility of means. Winter Pages and Bright Music exemplify Rorem's subtle, direct style that, while evocative of his French influences, communicates in an unmistakable and unique voice. 
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