Sebastian Currier

Composer(s): Sebastian Currier
Album Title: Vocalissimus 
Cat. No.: 80527
Genre: Classical
Description: Vocalissimus

Mosaic: Zizi Mueller, flute; Fred Sherry, cello; Daniel Druckman, percussion; Emma Tahmizian, piano;
Ayako Oshima, clarinet; Susan Narucki, soprano; Rolf Schulte, violin; Martin Goldray, conductor

The music of Sebastian Currier (b. 1959)-currently a faculty member at The Juilliard School-is unmistakeably contemporary while remaining very accessible. Impeccable craftsmanship, a capacity to evoke wildly divergent emotional states, a brilliant use of instrumental color, and a sure sense of structure-couched in a fresh harmonic language-characterize the three works on this disc.

Vocalissimus (1991), for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion, explores the interpretation of a single text-Wallace Stevens’s "To The Roaring Wind"-through the prism of eighteen different character types, from “Somnambulist” to “Lunatic.” Whispers (1996), for flute, cello, piano, and percussion, is a work of quicksilver rhythmic changes, airy textures and delicately terraced dynamics. Theo’s Sketchbook (1992), for solo piano, traces the musical development and growth of an imaginary composer through a collection of pieces which span nearly his entire lifetime.

A satisfying introduction to the structurally fascinating and emotionally engaging music of a young composer acknowledged as one of the truly original voices of contemporary American music. 
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