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If you like Berg and Webern, you will find Wilson's music a natural.

Richard Wilson was born in Cleveland and studied piano, cello, theory and composition at the Cleveland Music School Settlement. In 1963, he graduated from Harvard and took his mater's degree in music composition at Rutgers in 1966. It was at this point that he joined the Vassar faculty, where he is currently Professor of Music. In 1992-93, he was the Composer-in-Residence with the American Symphony Orchestra. In that same year, he was also a Guggenheim Fellow. For those not familiar with Wilson's music, it is not avant-garde, nor is it abashedly tonal. It is well crafted and beautifully performed on this disc. Note the number of excellent musicians who perform on this disc including the great cellist, Fred Sherry, the great English flutist, John Solum, and Walter Trampler, one of the greatest violists who ever lived.
Richard Wilson, composer
Persuasions: Cantata for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble
Amy Burton, soprano, Blanca Uribe, harpsichord, John Solum, alto flute, Marc Schachman, oboe, Gilbert Dejean, bassoon

Richard Wilson, composer
Lord Chesterfield To His Son for solo cello
Fred Sherry, cello

Richard Wilson, composer
Fixations: for solo piano
Blanca Uribe, piano

Richard Wilson, composer
Sonata for Viola and Piano
Walter Trampler, viola, Blanca Uribe, piano

"Here's an unpretentious record filled with lovely music. Richard Wilson (b. 1941) studied at Harvard and Rutgers and is Professor of Music at Vassar. Despite my proximity to that institution, his music is new to me, and the discovery is a delight. Wilson writes in an invigorating style which is reminiscent of, but less intellectually stern than that of John Harbison....The three instrumental works which follow Persuasions also describe a composer with interesting, original ideas who is neither tied to any system nor afraid to make use of past forms....This is a very nice disc on all counts." (Fanfare)
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