Shadow Bands – Music By Scott Wheeler

shadowTwo decades ago, the marvelous, jazzy rhythms of the Violin Sonata and its fiery finale served as my introduction to Scott Wheeler’s music. Each subsequent piece has offered new delights. When I hear the “Camera Dance” movement of the piano trio, it seems as if I am looking out through a window at a medieval scene while inside, soft electric lights are a gentle reminder of the modern world. Then there is the opening of the last movement of Dragon Mountain with its ghostly and beautiful visions drifting in and out of a heavy mist, hovering at the edge of perception.

Scott’s music overflows with joy, with images invariably surprising and vivid. His voice is witty, unique, and distinctly American. It is with great pleasure that we offer this compact disc. – Sharan Leventhal

The works on this disc, all receiving their first recordings here, have met with acclaim from both audiences and critics. Bernard Holland in the New York Times wrote that Piano Trio #2: Camera Dances “shines with craftsmanship.” Of Shadow Bands, Richard Dyer wrote in The Boston Globe: “sunshine and shadow chase and play throughout this piece, which has a particularly beautiful close.” Lloyd Schwartz of The Boston Phoenix found Dragon Mountain “a three-movement gem that incorporates Celtic folk elements of mysterious eloquence.” Richard Buell in The Boston Globe wrote that the Violin Sonata “takes flight, often in dizzying spirals; it carries a charge.”

Repertoire

Piano Trio #2: Camera Dances (1996-1999)

1.Entrada
2.Scherzo
3.Camera Dance
4.Toccata

5. Shadow Bands (1991)

Sonata for Violin and Piano (1985)

6.Allegro
7.Adagio
8.Waltz – Bumptious
9.Andante; Allegro

Dragon Mountain (1992-3)

10.Dragon Song
11.Dragon Flight
12.The Dragon and the Mirror

Casanova’s Homecoming Composed By Dominick Argento

casanovasAfter years of exile, the legendary but aging lover Casanova returns to Venice during the height of Carnival. Hoping to procure a dowry for his goddaughter, he attempts to swindle a rich old woman obsessed with the occult. A gender-bending subplot that puts Victor/Victoria to shame, a diabolical midnight ceremony in the lagoon during a terrifying thunderstorm, and the still potent exploits of the world’s most famous lover combine to create a whirlwind comic opera of zest, jests and fireworks!

Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winning composer Dominick Argento has been hailed by both Opera News and Time magazine as America’s most eminent creator of 20th century opera. Casanova’s Homecoming, written in 1984, was commissioned by Minnesota Opera, and subsequently enjoyed a triumphant two-year run at York City Opera. This production of Casanova’s Homecoming and recording, made during a performance of the opera on October 14, 2001, at the Moores Opera House, Houston, Texas, has been generously underwritten by the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, under the aegis of the Moores Opera Center’s Opera Discovery Project, the Edythe Bates Old Endowment, the University of Houston and the Rebecca and John Moores School of Music, David Ashley White, Director.

Moores Opera House is an 800 seat theatrical facility designed specifically for opera production. It is modeled after the acoustics of old European opera houses, but since it was costructed in 1997, it provides excellent, state of the art sound equipment. To enable productions using water, waterproof audio speakers and equipment are installed on stage. The facility is intimate, yet large enough for operatic performances on a grand scale and offers excellent acoustics for recording.

Dominick Argento, Casanova’s Homecoming – An Opera Buffa in Three Acts
Performed by Singers and Orchestra of the MOORES OPERA CENTER
Peter Jacoby, Conductor
NPD 85673/2

Pianist Seymour Lipkin Plays Ludwig Van Beethoven

sonata1Over the past two generations, Seymour Lipkin has been hailed by connoisseurs and revered by his colleagues as a pianist of rare cogency, authority and musical wisdom. Studying at the prestigious Curtis Institute, Mr. Lipkin developed his immaculate virtuosity as a prize pupil of Rudolf Serkin and Mieczslaw Howszowski. At age 19 he gave his career an auspicious jump-start by winning the Rachmaninoff competition, astounding the judges with his insightful probing interpretation of Beethoven’s knotty, enigmatic Op. 101 Sonata.

Mr. Lipkin went on to appear with all of America’s “top five” orchestras – the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia, Cleveland and Chicago Symphony Orchestras – also performing with many other major ensembles, such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Seattle Symphony Orchestras and the Florida Philharmonic. Legendary conductors who engaged and reengaged him as a concerto collaborator include Serge Koussevitzky, Fritz Reiner, Charles Munch, Leonard Bernstein, Eugene Ormandy , William Steinberg and Christoph von Dohnanyi.

Ludwig Van Beethoven – The Complete Sonatas

Volume One – Sonatas 1-10
NCD60171/3

Volume Two – Sonatas 11-22
NCD60172/3

Volume 3 – Sonatas 23-32
NCD60173/3

Seymour Lipkin, Piano

Three, 3 CD sets, $25 per set.

Music Play By Play

beethovenNewport Classic has created an encyclopedic collection of the worlds most important music on CD-ROM

The complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas
32 works, over ten hours of high quality MP3 Files,
performed by Seymour Lipkin
The complete sheet music of the sonatas
Over 600 pages of Adobe Acrobat .pdf files

Here, for the first time, a CD-ROM containing the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas, on high quality MP3 Files, performed by Seymour Lipkin. This disk is playable on any computer with a CD ROM drive, all DVD/home theater players as well as many new home and automobile CD players.

In addition we have included ALL of the sheet music on Adobe Acrobat .pdf files that you can read on AND print from your computer.

Also included is a 10,000 word essay on the sonatas by Ted Libbey, and photos and biographical material on the artist, Seymour Lipkin.

Packaged in a DVD/CD-ROM Box A $150 value for $30!