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Camerata Pacifica - John Harbison: String Trio - Four Songs of Solitude - Songs America Loves to Sing (2014)

18-09-2014, 07:07
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Camerata Pacifica - John Harbison: String Trio - Four Songs of Solitude - Songs America Loves to Sing (2014)

Artist: Camerata Pacifica
Title Of Album: John Harbison: String Trio - Four Songs of Solitude - Songs America Loves to Sing
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Harmonia Mundi
Genre: Classical, Chamber Music
Total Time: 1:10:13
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks)
Quality: 320kbps / Lossless 16bit / 96kHz/24bit
Total Size: 177 mb / 366 mb / 1.37 gb (Digital Booklet)

John Harbison remarks on his String Trio. "When I was fifteen years old I began a string trio. I wrote about three pages before deciding it was too difficult for me at that time. All subsequent attempts over the last forty years yielded the same result. In the meantime I have performed string trios by Beethoven and Mozart, and studied others. I have no reason to believe the medium has gotten easier, but my music has become somewhat simpler and has fewer notes, which I imagine to be an advantage. The piece begins very loud, or perhaps very soft, or better with an intriguing neutrality of mood which takes on a kind of menace. The impression is formidable but at the same time winning, even droll. Let the critic not be fooled however by this veneer of friendliness. I have a knife for his ribs later on, at the moment of greatest security. By the end even the violist has lost all sense of normalcy, or decency."

The “Four Songs of Solitude” were written for Harbison’s wife, the violinist Rose Mary Harbison, to whom he has dedicated numerous works. The four movements are distinct in character, the more plaintive Song 1 followed by Song 2 which opens lyrically, but quickly becomes more chordal and rhythmically propulsive. Song 3 is relatively spare, using silence to evoke the titular solitude, and Song 4, after a virtuosic eruption in the middle, returns to the melancholic feel of the piece’s beginning.

John Harbison has an abiding interest in American music of all kinds, including jazz, the Great American Songbook, and hymns. The songs he has rewritten as “Songs America Loves To Sing” are some of the most familiar in American music, including “Amazing Grace” and a song made famous by the great blues singer, Bessie Smith, “St. Louis Blues.”

Recorded January and May 2014 at the Recital Hall, SUNY Purchase in New York.

Producer, recording and editing engineer: Adam Abeshouse


String Trio (John Harbison)
1 I. Allegro moderato
2 II. Adagio, appassionato
3 III. Intermezzo: Allegretto
4 IV. Variations: Molto moderato
5 V. Intermezzo: Allegro arieggiato
6 VI. Finale: Allegro moderato

Four Songs of Solitude
7 I.
8 II.
9 III.
10 IV.

Songs America Loves to Sing
11 I. Amazing Grace
12 II. Careless Love
13 III. Will the Circle Be Unbroken
14 IV. Aura Lee
15 V. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
16 VI. St. Louis Blues
17 VII. Poor Butterfly
18 VIII. We Shall Overcome
19 IX. Ain't Goin' to Study War No Mo'
20 X. Anniversary Song

John Harbison (b. 1938):
String Trio
Four Songs of Solitude
Songs America Loves to Sing

Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin
Richard O'Neill, viola
Ani Aznavoorian, cello
Paul Huang, violin
Adrian Spence, flute
Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet
Warren Jones, piano


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