A La Par
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR823     Release Date: 1999-01-01
William Brown, tenor; Lawrence Conservatory Contemporary Music Ensemble: Janet Bond-Sutter, violin; Samuel Breene, violin; Anne Shih, violin; Matthew Michelic, viola; Janet Anthony, cello; Lori Hamburg, cello; Barbara Paziouros, flute; Suzanne Hickman, clarinet; Jason Roberts, percussion; Brandt Fredrickson, piano; Roseanna Cannizzo, piano; Bridget-Michaele Reischl, Conductor; Michael Kim, piano; Kathleen Murray, piano; Dane Richeson, percussion; Anthony Padilla, piano

This disc is drawn from a 1997 concert program of the Lawrence Conservatory Contemporary Music Ensemble commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with works by composers of color.

The selections were made by Bridget-Michaele Reischl who had already conducted a performance of Wendell Logan's Runagate, Runagate while on the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory and knew it to be a major contribution. She was encouraged by Kathleen Murray and Dane Richeson to consider A La Par by Tania León, who had coached the duo for a performance at the Ravinia Festival. Having worked previously with tenor William Brown, Reischl included a work written specifically for his voice: David Baker's Through This Vale of Tears. To round out the program, she scheduled music by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, whose Toccata under the fingers of Michael Kim elicited an explosive reaction from the audience and stimulated the inclusion of Perkinson's second sonata, Statements, performed by Anthony Padilla.

Thus each of these pieces is unique and has proven to be attractive to performers and audiences alike. Taken as a whole, the repertoire adds to the growing awareness of the major contributions of outstanding African-American composers.
—Dominique-René de Lerma, Lawrence University


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Lawrence Conservatory Contemporary Music Ensemble

A La Par

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Runagate, Runagate: I. -
Wendell Logan
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Runagate, Runagate: II. -
Wendell Logan
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Toccata
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
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A La Par: I. -
Tania LeÌ_n
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A La Par: II. -
Tania LeÌ_n
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A La Par: III. -
Tania LeÌ_n
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Statements, Sonata No. 2 for Piano: I. Sonata Allegro
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
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Statements, Sonata No. 2 for Piano: II. Theme & Variations
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
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Statements, Sonata No. 2 for Piano: III. Rondo
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
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Through This Vale of Tears: I. Thou Dost Lay Me in The Dust of Death
David N. Baker
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Through This Vale of Tears: II. If There Be Sorrow
David N. Baker
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Through This Vale of Tears: III. My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?
David N. Baker
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Through This Vale of Tears: IV. Parades to Hell
David N. Baker
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Through This Vale of Tears: V. Deliver My Soul
David N. Baker
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Through This Vale of Tears: VI. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
David N. Baker
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Through This Vale of Tears: VII. Now That He Is Safely Dead
David N. Baker
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