Now Playing: NOVEMBER 2006
Topic: BRIDGE Releases
George Perle: Retrospective; Disc A: Nine Bagatelles (1999)*, Horacio Guttiérrez, piano; Three Inventions for Solo Bassoon (1962), Steven Dibner, bassoon; Adagietto con affetto from Chansons Cachées (1997), Shirley Perle, piano; Two French Christmas Carols (arr. 1958) The New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, conductor; Triptych for Solo Violin and Piano (2002), Curtis Macomber, violin, Chistopher Oldfather, piano; Brief Encounters (String Quartet No. 9) (1998); DePaul String Quartet; Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra (1992), Michael Boriskin, piano, Utah Symphony, Joseph Silverstein, conductor; Disc B: Serenade No. 3 for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (1983), Richard Goode, piano, Music Today Ensemble, Gerard Schwarz, conductor; Solo Partita for Violin and Viola (1965), Curtis Macomber, violin and viola; Six Celebratory Inventions (1981-95), Molly Morkoski, piano; Bassoonmusic (2004), Steven Dibner, bassoon; Quintet for Strings (1957-58), Chicago String Quartet
BRIDGE 9214A/B (two discs) DDD Total Time: 2:33:43
Bridge’s “George Perle: Retrospective” celebrates the music of one of America’s greatest compositional voices with a two-disc set of pieces written between 1957 and 2004. Encompassing solo, chamber, choral and orchestral music, the album presents twelve compositions, including the premiere recordings of six of George Perle’s pieces, and re-issues two major Perle recordings: the Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra; and the Serenade No. 3 for Piano and Chamber Orchestra. In addition to these major Perle masterpieces, the set includes rarities such as Perle’s lovely arrangement of Two French Christmas Carols from 1958, and his last completed composition, Bassoonmusic of 2004. The recordings are performed by many of Perle’s greatest champions, including Horacio Guttiérrez, Curtis Macomber, Michael Boriskin, Joseph Silverstein, Richard Goode, and Gerard Schwarz, and also includes a short work performed by the composer’s wife, pianist Shirley Perle. Along with more than two-and-a-half hours of music, Bridge’s “George Perle: Retrospective” includes a booklet with historic photographs of George Perle with many of the 20th century’s leading musicians.
Songs and Encores: A Recital of American Song; Judith Bettina, soprano; James Goldsworthy, piano; Milton Babbitt: Phonemena (1969-70) (voice and piano version); Now Evening, After Evening (2002); Pantun (2001); The Waltzer in the House (2003) (voice and vibraphone), with Tom Kolor, vibraphone; Christopher Berg: Ode to a Grecian Urn (2000); Chester Biscardi: Baby Song of the Four Winds (1994); Guru (1995); Recovering (2000); Tobias Picker: Native Trees (1992); To the Insects (1992); Half a Year Together (1987); When we meet Again (1985); not even the rain (1996); Mel Powell: Levertov Breviary (1997); David Rakowski: Georgic (2000); Musician (1990) with Curtis Macomber, violin; Sara (2002) (piano solo); Three Encores (1991)
BRIDGE 9199 DDD Total Time: 72:34
The beloved American soprano, Judith Bettina is heard on this disc in a highly varied recital of recent American song. Accompanied by her husband, the distinguished pianist James Goldsworthy, the pair present numerous first recordings of songs composed for and dedicated to them. Indeed this disc is a tribute to Ms. Bettina’s long relationships with a stylistically broad range of American composers. Referring to this stylistic breadth, annotator Hayes Biggs writes that “it is possible to view the individual songs as points along a continuum, from those exhibiting a relatively diatonic harmonic language (Christopher Berg, Tobias Picker) to an idiom that at times refers more or less obliquely to tonality but is considerably more chromatic (Chester Biscardi, David Rakowski) to one that is completely chromatic and untethered from tonality (Milton Babbitt, Mel Powell). Despite their differences, however, all of these composers in their unique ways are at root emblematic of a great and continuing lyric tradition in American music.” New York Magazine called Judith Bettina “a sensationally accomplished soprano”, and this disc offer ample evidence of her great gift.