Release Date: July 1, 2012
Catalog #: NV5874
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Piano
Violin
Wind Ensemble

Slices

A Cross-Section of Classical Works For Small Ensemble

Reynard Burns composer
Lionel Sainsbury composer
Hakan Sundin composer
Hans Bakker composer
Alan Beeler composer
Christina Rusnak composer
William A. Fletcher composer

Moravian Philharmonic Winds
Vit Muzik violin
Marta Talabova flute; Ales Janecek clarinet
Karolina Rojahn piano; Mark Berger viola
Yhasmin Valenzuela clarinet; Lisa Hennessy flute

Who says eclecticism isn’t a wonderful thing? Certainly not us at Navona Records. SLICES is a carefully handpicked selection of new chamber works by contemporary composers designed to showcase the diversity of modern music-making, and these pieces by Sundin, Bakker, Sainsbury, Rusnak, Beeler, and Burns cut right through the oft-repeated misconception that classical music is dead on the vine. With rich sonorities, structural ingenuity, and artistic flair, the composers featured here prove that not only is classical music alive, but it continues to grow and cross-pollinate as well. Get out your best fork and knife, grab your napkin, pull up a chair, and feast!

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Artist Information

Reynard Burns

Composer

Harlem NY-born Reynard Burns' (b. 1946) prolific career includes work as a composer, arranger, and educator, as well as a bassist and guest conductor for several orchestra festivals. His compositions for full and string orchestra, wind ensemble, concert band, jazz ensemble, improvising strings, and other combinations have been performed throughout the United States and abroad, with his orchestral works receiving national recognition, most notably Flying, which was performed by the Long Island Philharmonic in a program honoring American composers.

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Lionel Sainsbury

Composer

Lionel Sainsbury began to play the piano at an early age and soon started to compose his own music. Born in Wiltshire, England, in 1958, he studied composition with Patric Standford at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. At the age of 21 he was awarded a Mendelssohn Scholarship, which brought him into contact with composers as diverse as Edmund Rubbra, John McCabe and Henri Dutilleux.

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Håkan Sundin

Composer

Östhammar, Sweden-based Håkan Sundin (b. 1961) leads a varied musical career, working as a composer, freelance flutist and saxophonist, and as a church musician. Sundin received his jazz education from Skurups Folk High School (1980-82), and continued on to the Malmö Academy of Music for flute and composition (1983-88); from there, he continued his education in composition with seminars at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark (1988-90). In addition to his formal education, Sundin has continued his flute studies with private lessons from flutist Manuela Wiesler, among others.

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Hans Bakker

Composer

After he had finished his studies in piano, church organ and choral conducting in Utrecht, Drs. Hans Bakker (b. 1945) began teaching piano at music schools in two places in the Netherlands. Apart from his teaching practice, he conducted two choirs and was active in the improvisational music scene. His career in music was followed by the study of Sanskrit. After his successful graduation from the University of Amsterdam, he returned to music, becoming completely occupied by teaching at the Globe Center for Art and Culture in the city of Hilversum.

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Alan Beeler

Composer

Charles Alan Beeler (February 10, 1939 - April 28, 2016) Beeler completed his graduate study in theory and composition at Washington University, where he received an M.A. and Ph.D. He studied composition with Robert Wykes, Robert Baker, and Harold Blumenfeld, theory with Leigh Gerdine, and musicology with Lincoln Bunce Spiess and Paul Amadeus Pisk.

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Christina Rusnak

Composer

Christina Rusnak, a Northwest-based contemporary composer and explorer, is passionate about composing about place and the human experience. She works at the intersection of place, nature, culture, and history, and seeks to integrate context into her pieces. The composer also strives to create thought-provoking music that engages both the performers and the audience.

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William Fletcher

Composer

Composer, teacher and conductor William A. Fletcher can trace his fascination with music to a specific event: a free concert given by a then-new duo, Simon and Garfunkel, when he was 12 years old. He took up guitar that very week, and joyfully played it all day, every day for the next 15 years...

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Vít Muzík

Violinist

Czech violinist and producer Vít Muzík (b. 1972) is one of the most multifaceted musicians working on the contemporary classical music scene. His abilities both as a performer on the concert stage and in the recording booth have led to appearances on more than 60 recordings in the Navona and Ravello catalogs, making him one of PARMA Recordings' most frequent collaborators.

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Karolina Rojahn

Pianist

Karolina Rojahn is a Los Angeles based pianist who has dedicated the last decade of her career to premiering and recording contemporary music repertoire. She has premiered over a hundred new works and collaborated with various classical music labels, most notably Naxos, having released over 43 recordings of chamber and solo piano music, including 5 piano concertos written specifically for her.

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