Goeb & Sydeman: Chamber Works
New Art Wind Quintet: Martin Orenstein, flute; Melvin Kaplan, oboe; Charles Russo, clarinet; Ralph Froelich, horn; Morris Newman, bassoon;
CRI Chamber Ensemble: Joseph Schor, violin; Charles Treger, violin; Max Pollikoff, violin; Jacob Glick, viola; Charles McCracken, cello; Alvin Brehm, bass; Lois Schaefer, flute; Henry Schuman, oboe; Charles Russo, clarinet; Morris Newman, bassoon; Paul Wolfe, Conductor

The Quintet #2 recorded here refers in its first movement to some of the stark and astringent facts of our time. Sharp and piercing moments appear and sometimes reappear, but in contrast to these are passages of pensiveness and melancholy. Purposefully, the movement comes to no conclusion; the oboe wanders in its melody-like line and then settles finally on an unresolved tone and stops.

The second movement represents a smile: the comedy is delicate and intimate; toward the close of the movement it tends to be a little broad and square, but mostly the atmosphere is mild. It alludes to humor but it isn’t going to push the point of its joke.

Movement three starts in a brooding mood pierced by occasional flashes of color. It expands into heavier and more determined expressive areas, but returns occasionally to the original texture.

The last movement opens with a loud and blaring horn call opposed immediately by a dark and ominous passage. Contrast, therefore, becomes the subject of the movement and numerous quick oppositions are carried out. As in the first movement, this one ends indecisively, except that here there is a sense of finality and completion brought about by reiteration of one of the earlier passages.
Roger Goeb

The Seven Movements for Septet, written in 1958, is essentially a “divertimento” on quite a sophisticated level. The first movement uses tight canonic imitations of serially derived materials to produce a light and almost dance-like texture. The second and third movements are tiny and monothematic in mood and material: first mournful, then graceful. The center and apex of the work is the virtuoso fourth movement which, in one long grand sweep, proceeds from anger to near hysteria. The next two movements return to a delicate mood: slow, then fast. The final movement, a polyrhythmic grotesque waltz, recapitulates all the material of the work.

The Concerto da Camera consists of a group of variations based on a series of initially fragmentary ideas. These are presented in rapid succession, highly contrasting in mood and texture, and they comprise the “theme” proper. This ostensibly heterogeneous group of ideas becomes unified by a consistency of intervallic usage throughout and by the eventual contrapuntal combination of them. After the unfolding of the five variations, a final restatement of the theme appears, and by now both the material and the order of presentation seem inevitable. A brief coda, in which the elements melt together, concludes the work.
William Sydeman


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Track Listing

Quintet for Woodwinds No. 2: I.
Roger Goeb
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Quintet for Woodwinds No. 2: II.
Roger Goeb
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Quintet for Woodwinds No. 2: III.
Roger Goeb
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Quintet for Woodwinds No. 2: IV.
Roger Goeb
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Seven Movements for Septet: I.
William Sydeman
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Seven Movements for Septet: II.
William Sydeman
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Seven Movements for Septet: III.
William Sydeman
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Seven Movements for Septet: IV.
William Sydeman
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Seven Movements for Septet: V.
William Sydeman
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Seven Movements for Septet: VI.
William Sydeman
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Seven Movements for Septet: VII.
William Sydeman
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Concerto da Camera
William Sydeman
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