Otto Luening: Chamber & Solo Works
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR716     Release Date: 1996-01-01
Sinnhoffer Quartet of Munich: (Werner Grobholz, violin; Igor Sinnhoffer, violin; Herbert Blendinger, viola; Franz Amann, cello); Ursula Oppens, piano; Harvey Sollberger, flute; Fred Sherry, cello; Charles Wuorinen, piano; Max Pollikoff, violin; Andrew Willis, piano; Sue Ann Kahn, flute

Although he is probably best known for his tape and electronic music, much of Otto Luening's output consists of solo and chamber music for traditional instrumental combinations. There are more than 40 orchestral works, 50 songs, the opera Evangeline, the oratorio No Jerusalem But This, and music for plays. The threads that run through the almost mind-boggling diversity of Luening's work are the solidity of his knowledge and technique, his use of a harmonic practice derived from the overtones of the harmonic series, and, above all, the strength of his wit. A dry and sophisticated humor is an important part of Luening's personality and a strong component of his teaching technique; it is also a major and often overlooked quality of his music. Only Otto Luening could end a relentlessly and almost comically surreal serial piece with a blazing C major chord.


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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Otto Luening: Chamber & Solo Works

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String Quartet No. 3: I. Allegro Vivace
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String Quartet No. 3: II. Allegro Moderato
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Sonata for Piano in Memoriam Ferruccio Busoni: I. Introduction
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Sonata for Piano in Memoriam Ferruccio Busoni: II. Dramatic Scene
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Sonata for Piano in Memoriam Ferruccio Busoni: III. Burlesque
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Sonata for Piano in Memoriam Ferruccio Busoni: IV. Fantasia
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String Quartet No. 2
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Trio for Flute, Cello, & Piano
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Sonata III for Solo Violin: I. Allegro
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Sonata III for Solo Violin: II. Moderato
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Sonata III for Solo Violin: III. Slow
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Sonata III for Solo Violin: IV. Fast
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Sonata III for Solo Violin: V. Slow, freely
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Sonata III for Solo Violin: VI. Presto
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Sonata III for Solo Violin: VII. Moderato
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Sonata III for Solo Violin: VIII. Fast
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Third Short Sonata for Flute & Piano: I. Slow and somewhat free in tempo
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Third Short Sonata for Flute & Piano: II. With fantasy and freedom
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