Music of Richard Wilson & Colin McPhee
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL315     Release Date: 2010-11-15
Harvey Sollberger, flute; Rolf Schulte, violin; Ursula Oppens, piano; Grant Johannesen, piano; Carlos Surinach; conductor


About his music, Richard Wilson writes:

Music For Solo Flute was written in the summer of 1972 at the request of Harvey Sollberger. The first of its three movements begins in a declamatory manner, changing after a flourish to more strident music involving sharply articulated short notes with high graces. The contrast between these two styles gives shape to the movement. The second movement, weightiest of the three, begins in a tentative manner and develops in two distinct modes, one slow and lyrical, the other quick and dryly staccato. The former prevails in the end. The closing movement has the character of a scherzando; it concludes with a coda that is sustained and reflective.

“Sonority and form were in the forefront of my mind as composed Concert Piece For Violin And Piano in 1967. I had always loved to play and hear the violin and piano sonatas of Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms. But in even the best works of this fine repertoire I was aware of a certain oil-in-water immiscibility of the two instruments. Achieving a blend of sound became a goal in this piece, which perhaps explains why little use is made of either instrument alone or in dialogues featuring their polite alternation.

Colin McPhee's Concerto For Piano With Wind Octet Accompaniment was composed in 1928, in Shady, N.Y., at the home of Henry Cowell. The work had its first performance that same year, in New York, the composer appearing as soloist with the Georges Barrére Little Symphony.

The Concerto is a work in neo-classic style, in which the piano is treated throughout as a virtuoso instrument, but always closely integrated with the supporting octet: piccolo, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, and trombone. The brilliant and often percussive orchestration calls for a virtuoso ensemble as well as soloist.

This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available as a burn-on-demand CD (CD-R) or download in MP3/320, FLAC or WAV formats. CD-Rs come in a protective sleeve; no print booklet or jewel case included. Full liner notes are accessible via the link above.

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Music of Richard Wilson & Colin McPhee

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Track Listing

Music for Solo Flute: I. First Movement
Richard Wilson
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Music for Solo Flute: II. Second Movement
Richard Wilson
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Music for Solo Flute: III. Third Movement
Richard Wilson
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Concert Piece for Violin and Piano
Richard Wilson
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Concerto for Piano with Wind Octet Accompaniment: I. Allegretto
Colin McPhee
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Concerto for Piano with Wind Octet Accompaniment: II. Chorale
Colin McPhee
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Concerto for Piano with Wind Octet Accompaniment: III. Coda
Colin McPhee
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