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FLEETING REALMS

Chamber Works

 

Babcock

Tang

Morrow

Maki

Morris

Summer

 

 

OVERVIEW

 

FLEETING REALMS is an inviting compilation of chamber music featuring six composers. Though the album obviously mixes different compositional voices, the different pieces share many characteristics. FLEETING REALMS is defined by a pervasive uplifting quality. Many of the album’s works feature driving rhythms and a joyfully relaxed sensibility. Even dissonance is used playfully or as a counter weight to beautiful lyricism. Such consistency in manner across six pieces by six diverse composers is obviously remarkable, and it makes FLEETING REALMS a very special musical collection.

 

The album’s tone is set by three works: Bruce Babcock’s Irrational Exuberance, Joyce Tang’s Snowy Landscapes, and Nora Morrow’s Luca’s Dream. Each is powerful, yet gentle, and exudes a kind of musical warmth that draws the listener into the rest of the album. Irrational Exuberance, for alto saxophone, cello, and piano, is thematic and rhythmically active, and features conversational imitation between its three instruments. Although interior sections of Irrational Exuberance are more subdued, Babcock’s work is markedly hopeful and confident.

 

Tang’s Snowy Landscapes and Morrow’s Luca’s Dream perfectly embody the subject matter of their titles. Luca’s Dream is scored for solo vibraphone, and Morrow clearly exploits its bell-like sound to emphasize the work’s overall innocence. A fantasia of sorts, Luca’s Dream moves through a series of different melodic ideas, which are united by their rhythmic energy. Beginning in a very sweet, diatonic space, Luca’s Dream becomes increasingly chromatic until its final section, which returns to the gentleness that carries through most of the work. Snowy Landscapes is more texturally active than these other two works, but is nonetheless beautiful and welcoming. Scored for piano trio, Snow Landscapes begins and ends with sections of long violin and cello melodies accompanied by a resonant piano part. In between, we hear more contrapuntal and energetic textures, which, like Irrational Exuberance, feature playful imitation between the trio’s instruments.

 

David Maki’s Five Impromptus for Two and Craig Madden Morris’s Crosscurrents are also notable because they are the album’s most dissonant works. Nevertheless, they approach their dissonance with a warmth and playfulness that fits well with the character of the other works on FLEETING REALMS. Crosscurrents, for example, begins with dissonant solo piano, which eventually gives way to a stately and Romantic cello part whose lyricism comes to dominate the rest of the piece.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Listen for connections across the album and consider these against the fact that the album features six different composers.

 

Among other similarities, many of the works on the album share an attraction to bubbly, rhythmically active textures, and, when scored for more than one instrument tend to feature melodic imitation across the given ensemble

 

 

CREDITS

 

Bruce Babcock

Irrational Exuberance

June 2006 at Salmon Recital Hall at Chapman University in Orange CA

Session Engineer Steve Barker

 

Joyce Wai-chung Tang

Snowy Landscape

Recorded September 14, 2016 at Reduta Hall Olomouc CZ

Session Producer Pavel Kuncar

Co-Producer Bob Lord

Session Engineer Aleš Dvořák, Jan Košulič

 

Nora Morrow

Dawn

Recorded February 11, 2015 at WGBH Fraser Performance Studio in Boston MA

Session Producer East Coast Scoring

Session Engineer Antonio Oliart

 

Luca’s Dream

Recorded February 11, 2015 at WGBH Fraser Performance Studio in Boston MA

Session Producer East Coast Scoring

Session Engineer Antonio Oliart

 

David Maki

Five Impromptus for Two

Recorded march 8, 2017 at Reduta Hall in Olomouc CZ

Session Producer Vít Mužík

Co-Producer Bob Lord

Session Engineer Aleš Dvořák, Jan Košulič

 

Craig Madden Morris

Crosscurrents

Recorded March 1, 2016 at Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall in New York NY

 

Joseph Summer

They Bore Him Barefaced on The Bier

Recorded March 12, 2016 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester MA

Session Producer Joseph Summer

Session Engineer Joseph Chilorio

Music Director Tim Ribchester

 

He Took Me by The Wrist

Recorded March 11, 2016 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester MA

Session Producer Joseph Summer

Session Engineer Joseph Chilorio

Music Director Tim Ribchester

 

 

Executive Producer Bob Lord

Executive A&R Sam Renshaw

A&R Alex Bourne, Brandon MacNeil, Chris Robinson

Audio Director Jeff LeRoy

Recording Session Mananger Levi Brown

Editing & Mixing Shaun Michaud, Joe Dobrowolski

Mastering Shaun Michaud, Lucas Paquette

Design & Marketing Director Brett Picknell

Design Emily Roulo

 

Release Date: September 8, 2017

Catalog #: NV6107

 

 

TRACK LISTING

 

Bruce Babcock

01 Irrational Exuberance

Doug Masek alto saxophone   David Speltz cello   Louise Thomas piano

 

Joyce Wai-chung Tang

02  Snowy Landscape

Lucie Kaucká piano   Vít Mužík violin   Jiří Fajkus cello

 

Nora Morrow

03  Dawn

Xiao'an Li conductor I Arielle Burke flute   Michael Norsworthy clarinet in A

Daniel Beilman bassoon   Kinga Bacik cello

 

04 Luca’s Dream

Matt Sharrock vibraphone

 

David Maki

Five Impromptus for Two

Solo Piano (Four-hands) Lucie Kaucká & Martin Smutný piano

05 I

06  II

07  III

08  IV

09  V

 

Craig Madden Morris

10  Crosscurrents

Nan-Cheng Chen cello   Kelly Yu-Chieh Lin piano

 

Joseph Summer

11  They Bore Him Barefaced on The Bier

Kathryn Guthrie soprano   Neal Ferreira tenor   SangYoung Kim piano

 

12  He Took Me by The Wrist

Kathryn Guthrie soprano   David Salsbery Fry bass   SangYoung Kim piano

 

 

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