Release Date: February 12, 2016
Catalog #: NV6026
Craig Madden Morris
CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA
Frank Restesan, violin
1 I. By the River
2 II. Breezes
3 III. Dance
Paul John Stanbery
Robert McCloskey: The Life For Me
Frank Restesan, violin
4 I. The Simple Life, in Hamilton
5 II. The Donut Machine
6 III. Go East, Young Man!
Suite two *
Frank Restesan, violin
7 I. The Rocky Coast of Maine
8 II. Ducklings Everywhere!
9 III. An “In-venture”
10 IV. A Return to the Place Called “Home”
* performed attacca
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Craig Morris/Paul Stanbery
The modern romanticism of composer Craig Morris is one simultaneously deeply personal and broadly meaningful. His albums DREAMS (2011) and CIRCLE OF LOVE (2015), both on the Ravello Records label, in large part deal directly with musical representations of universal emotional states and concepts.
Concerto for Violin & Orchestra, initially composed for Christine Kwak and performed here by violinist Franc Restesan and the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, showcases Morris’ signature melodicism and directness of expression.
“I’ve always tried to create music which evokes a highly personal response that differs for every listener,” says Morris, “rather than paint by programmatic numbers.”
But Robert McCloskey: The Life For Me by Paul John Stanbery is most decidedly programmatic, and for good reason: the music was composed for the Sam Ashworth film of the same name about the famous author of “Make Way For Ducklings.”
McCloskey was a native of Hamilton OH, where Stanbery is Music Director and Conductor for the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra. Upon its release “Ducklings” became an instant classic, winning the Caldecott Medal in 1942, and the story and characters have remained in the cultural lexicon for decades since.
This recording is a suite from the score, arranged by Stanbery for concert performance. The detailed orchestration and distinctly American style fit right in with this tale of luck, pluck, and virtue.
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Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review praises Morris’s music on his debut Ravello Records album, DREAMS, “There is lyricism, formal heft, beautifully played parts and an idiomatic craftsmanship/inspiration that makes it all a joy to hear”
Morris’ music has been performed by the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, the Bronx Symphony Orchestra, the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, the CETA Orchestra of New York, the North Jersey Symphony, at the Fifth International Music Festival of Buenos Aires, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the Chamber Music Society of Formosa, the Amasi Trio, and the Nyack College Chorale, among others
Morris’ overture, Lullaby, was a winner of the Ablaze Orchestral Masters Competition in 2014, and was recorded by the Brno Philharmonic. Two choral compositions, Arise My Love and The Rubaiyat, were finalists in the 2010 Meistersingers Choral Competition
Morris is a child psychiatrist and an assistant professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Paul John Stanbery is currently Music director of the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony, Ohio Mozart Festival, Great Miami Youth Symphony and has been Associate Conductor of the Lima Symphony in Ohio
In November of 2005, Stanbery won the prestigious Post-Corbett Award (Performing Artist Division), an annual equivalent of a Cincinnati-regional Pulitzer Prize, recognizing outstanding achievement in the arts. Stanbery is the first conductor honored with this accolade who was not associated with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Stanbery’s Symphony No. 2 “Foundations” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music in 2012
Craig Madden Morris Composer
Craig Morris has composed music since the age of eleven. He studied composition with Shirley Bloom, Kevin Scott and Joelle Wallach and also studied violin, piano, and voice. He played violin with the Bronx Symphony Orchestra for over forty years and presently plays with the Ridgewood Symphony. He has sung professionally as a cantor for over thirty years. His music has been performed by the Bronx Symphony Orchestra, the CETA Orchestra of New York, the North Jersey Symphony, the Fifth International Music Festival of Buenos Aires, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the Chamber Music Society of Formosa, the Amasi Trio, the Gregg Smith Singers and the Nyack College Chorale.
Paul John Stanbery Composer
Paul John Stanbery is currently Music director of the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony, Ohio Mozart Festival, Great Miami Youth Symphony and has been Associate Conductor of the Lima Symphony in Ohio. Guest appearances have included the Western Piedmont Symphony, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, The University of Cincinnati and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest with the Miami University Symphony Orchestra.
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