Hale Smith: Innerflexions -  Sheila Silver: Sonata for Cello and Piano - Joel Hoffman: Duo for Viola and Piano
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR590     Release Date: 2007-02-01
Slovenic Symphony Orchestra; Anton Nanut, Conductor; Gilbert Kalish, piano; Timothy Eddy, cello; Toby Hoffman, viola; Joel Hoffman, piano

I frequently choose titles that reflect the inner structure or focus of my music, and Innerflexions is no exception. The reshaping (bending, or “flexion”) of motives at every level (melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and orchestral) contributes to the impressions of unity, flexibility, and expansiveness remarked upon by many listeners.

Innerflexions has also been perceived as having both philosophical and emotional meanings by various listeners. I consider such responses to be interesting, legitimate, and welcome - though not required for an appreciation of the music.
                                                                                               - Hale Smith


My Sonata For Cello And Piano was written for Timothy Eddy and Gilbert Kalish who premiered it at Town Hall in December, 1988. The three movements, fast-slow-fast, are structurally in the tradition of the classical sonata. The challenge for me was to create within this older form a freshness stemming from my personal (and late 20th century) musical perspective...
                                                                                            - Sheila Silver

The Duo for Viola and Piano was composed in 1983, and was first performed in 1984 by my brother Toby Hoffman and myself in Sea Cliff, New York as part of the Sea Cliff Chamber Players series. Though it has since been performed by other musicians in Europe and in the U.S., it was conceived with the original performers in mind. This naturally shaped the character of both the details and the underlying structure of the work. The two instrumental parts are always collaborating with each other, yet each has its own unmistakable voice. For much of the piece, there is a running dialogue between the two. One of the main subjects of conversation is the question of who is leader and who is follower. Ultimately, however, the issue is dissolved during the last stage of the work, during which the greatest degree of unanimity is achieved...
                                                                                              Joel Hoffman

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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Hale Smith: Innerflexions - Sheila Silver: Sonata for Cello and Piano - Joel Hoffman: Duo for Viola and Piano

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Track Listing

Innerflexions for Orchestra
Hale Smith
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Sonata for Cello and Piano: I - Light and Flowing
Sheila Silver
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Sonata for Cello and Piano: II - Theme and Variations: Semplice e cantabile
Sheila Silver
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Sonata for Cello and Piano: III - Lively, rhythmic, and playfully
Sheila Silver
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Duo for Viola and Piano
Joel Hoffman
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