American Masters: Music of Charles Wuorinen
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR744     Release Date: 2013-02-26

American Composers Orchestra: Dennis Russell Davies, Conductor; David Braynard, tuba; Group for Contemporary Music; (Kenneth Fricker, bass; Patricia Spencer, Harvey Sollberger, Sophie Sollberger, Karl Kraber, flutes; Josef Marx, Susan Barrett, oboes; Donald MacCourt, Leonard Hindell, bassoons; David Jolley, Edward Birdwell, Ronald Sell, Barry Benjamin, horns; Raymond DesRoches, George Boberg, Richard Fitz, John Bergamo, percussion; Stanley Silverman, guitar; Susan Jolles, harp; Robert Miller, piano; Joan Tower, celesta; Cheryl Seltzer, harpsichord; Charles Wuorinen, Conductor

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Charles Wuorinen, piano; James Dixon, Conductor

The disc brings together four Charles Wuorinen recordings spread originally among four LP’s. Two of the works call for full orchestra, the Piano Concerto and Two Part Symphony; the other two are chamber concerti which Wuorinen originally wrote for his own Group for Contemporary Music (the ensemble formed in 1962 by Wuorinen and Harvey Sollberger, which set new standards for performing challenging new works). Whether he is writing for his own players or for standard symphony, one characteristic you can count on is the virtuosity he demands from his players. This was (and is) no doubt inspired by the wealth of performing talent which has surrounded Wuorinen in his native Manhattan...

As we near the beginning of a new millennium it is my hope that America will take stock and delight in the extraordinary music created on our shores over the past 100 years. Since the mid-1970s Wuorinen has devoted himself to creating a body of orchestral work of unparalleled elegance and beauty. —Howard Stokar


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

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American Masters: Music of Charles Wuorinen

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CD $15.99

Track Listing

Two Part Symphony: I.
Charles Wuorinen
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Two Part Symphony: II.
Charles Wuorinen
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Chamber Concerto for Tuba: I.
Charles Wuorinen
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Chamber Concerto for Tuba: II.
Charles Wuorinen
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Chamber Concerto for Tuba: III.
Charles Wuorinen
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Piano Concerto
Charles Wuorinen
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Chamber Concerto for Flute and Ten Players
Charles Wuorinen
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