Various Artists

Solos & Duos

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Format: CD
Label: Bridge
UPC: 0090404954627
Catnr: BRIDG 9546
Release date: 04 November 2022
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Bridge
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0090404954627
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BRIDG 9546
Release date
04 November 2022
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Among the remarkable milestones of George Perle’s compositional journey are his works for solo instruments, the first composed in 1942, with another eleven written across a distinguished career. This two-disc set includes many of the solo works in their first recordings, as well as duo works from throughout the great American composer's career. Noted soloists on this two-disc set are pianists Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, and Horacio Gutiérrez, clarinetist Charles Neidich, and cellist Jay Campbell.
Zu den bemerkenswerten Meilensteinen im kompositorischen Schaffen von George Perle gehören seine Werke für Soloinstrumente, von denen er das erste 1942 komponierte und elf weitere im Laufe seiner bedeutenden Karriere schrieb. Dieses Set mit zwei CDs enthält viele der Solowerke in ihren Ersteinspielungen sowie Duowerke aus der gesamten Karriere des großen amerikanischen Komponisten. Zu den namhaften Solisten dieser Doppel-CD gehören die Pianisten Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode und Horacio Gutiérrez, der Klarinettist Charles Neidich und der Cellist Jay Campbell.

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George Perle

The recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and an array of other major awards and honors, George Perle occupies a commanding position among American composers of our time. Born in Bayonne, NJ, May 6, 1915, he received his early musical education in Chicago. After graduation from DePaul University, where he studied composition with Wesley LaViolette, and subsequent private studies with Ernst Krenek, Perle served in the US Army during World War II. After the War, he took post-graduate work in musicology at New York University. His PhD thesis became his first book, Serial Composition and Atonality, now in its sixth edition. Perle’s music has been widely performed in this country and abroad. Major commissions have resulted in significant works,...
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The recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and an array of other major awards and honors, George Perle occupies a commanding position among American composers of our time. Born in Bayonne, NJ, May 6, 1915, he received his early musical education in Chicago. After graduation from DePaul University, where he studied composition with Wesley LaViolette, and subsequent private studies with Ernst Krenek, Perle served in the US Army during World War II. After the War, he took post-graduate work in musicology at New York University. His PhD thesis became his first book, Serial Composition and Atonality, now in its sixth edition.

Perle’s music has been widely performed in this country and abroad. Major commissions have resulted in significant works, among them Serenade III (1983) for solo piano and chamber orchestra, choreographed by American Ballet Theater and nominated in a Nonesuch recording, for a Grammy Award (1986); Woodwind Quintet No.4 (Pulitzer Prize, 1986); Piano Concerto No.1 (1990), commissioned for Richard Goode during Perle’s residency with the San Francisco Symphony; Piano Concerto No.2 (1992), commissioned by Michael Boriskin; Transcendental Modulations for Orchestra, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic for its 150th anniversary; and Thirteen Dickinson Songs (1978) commissioned by Bethany Beardslee. Recent works include Brief Encounters (fourteen movements for string quartet), Nine Bagatelles for piano, Critical Moments and Critical Moments 2 for six players, and Triptych for solo violin and piano. A particularly notable portion of Perle’s catalog consists of pieces for solo piano, many of which have been recorded by Michael Boriskin on New World Records.

Perle’s compositions have figured on the programs of Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, BBC, and other major orchestras in this country and abroad. Perle’s works are recorded on Nonesuch, Harmonia Mundi, New World, Albany, CRI and other labels. He has been a frequent Visiting Composer at the Tanglewood Music Festival and Composer-in-Residence with the San Francisco Symphony.

Though Perle is above all a composer, the breadth of his musical interests has led to significant contributions in theory and musicology as well. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and seven books, including the award-winning Operas of Alban Berg. He has been a guest professor at major universities and a much sought after lecturer and commentator on TV, here and abroad. He is Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York.

As music critic Andrew Porter has written, “Perle’s renown as an analyst and scholar may have diverted some of the attention that should be given to his merits as a composer … What matters to listeners is his achievement: the vividness of his melodic gestures, the lively rhythmic sense, the clarity and shapeliness of his discourse and, quite simply, the charm and grace of his utterance.”


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Disc #1
01.
Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violin: I
04:53
02.
Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violin: II
02:45
03.
Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violin: III
01:01
04.
Three Sonatas for Solo Clarinet: Sonata No. 1 - I
02:12
05.
Three Sonatas for Solo Clarinet: Sonata No. 1 - II
02:29
06.
Three Sonatas for Solo Clarinet: Sonata No. 2 - I
02:10
07.
Three Sonatas for Solo Clarinet: Sonata No. 2 - II
01:21
08.
Three Sonatas for Solo Clarinet: Sonata No. 3 - I
02:13
09.
Three Sonatas for Solo Clarinet: Sonata No. 3 - II
00:27
10.
Three Sonatas for Solo Clarinet: Sonata No. 3 - III
03:18
11.
Sonata for Cello and Piano: I. Cadenza
02:11
12.
Sonata for Cello and Piano: II. Allegro
04:46
13.
Sonata for Cello and Piano: III. Variations
06:20
14.
Sonata for Cello and Piano: IV.
04:29
15.
Monody II for Double Bass
04:37
16.
Bassoon Music
05:53
17.
Nine Bagatelles: I. No. 1
00:32
18.
Nine Bagatelles: II. No. 2
00:53
19.
Nine Bagatelles: III. No. 3
01:22
20.
Nine Bagatelles: IV. No. 4
01:02
21.
Nine Bagatelles: V. No. 5
00:27
22.
Nine Bagatelles: VI. No. 6
00:36
23.
Nine Bagatelles: VII. No. 7
00:22
24.
Nine Bagatelles: VIII. No. 8
01:06
25.
Nine Bagatelles: IX. No. 9
01:33

Disc #2
01.
Hebrew Melodies: I. Psalm 93
02:06
02.
Hebrew Melodies: II. Cantillation
02:20
03.
Musical Offerings: I.
03:57
04.
Musical Offerings: II.
03:39
05.
Musical Offerings: III.
03:42
06.
Sonata quasi una fantasia
10:53
07.
Sonata for Solo Cello: I.
04:54
08.
Sonata for Solo Cello: II.
03:07
09.
Sonata for Solo Cello: III.
04:06
10.
Lyric Piece for Cello and Piano
03:40
11.
Three Inventions for Solo Bassoon: I.
01:50
12.
Three Inventions for Solo Bassoon: II.
01:54
13.
Three Inventions for Solo Bassoon: III.
01:37
14.
Sarabande from Solo Partita
02:19
15.
Ballade
08:55
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