Solos & Duos
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A recording honoring the music of Andrew Imbrie and one of his most distinguished pupils, Hi Kyung Kim.

This memorial disc of solos and duos by Andrew Welsh Imbrie (1921-2007) and one of his most distinguished pupils, Hi Kyung Kim (b.1954), boasts performances largely by the musicians who commissioned and premiered them. Two of Imbrie's last pieces, To My Son and Melody for Gayageum, written while he was fighting with his illness are included on this disc. Imbrie first studied with pianist-composer Leo Ornstein between 1930 and 1942, with an eye to becoming a virtuoso pianist as well as a composer. He spent most of World War II in the Army Signal Corps. He studied with Roger Sessions at Princeton and then at the University of California, Berkley. He was appointed professor of music at UC Berkeley in 1949, a post he held until he retired in 1991.
Contents:
Andrew Imbrie, composer
To My Son
Aki Takahashi, piano

Hi Kyung Kim, composer
Crystal Drops
Aki Takahashi, piano, Rae Imamura, piano

Andrew Imbrie, composer
Melody for Gayageum
Aeri Ji, gayageum

Hi Kyung Kim, composer
A Story
Aeri Ji, gayageum

Andrew Imbrie, composer
Duet for Two Friends
John Sackett, bass clarinet, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello

Hi Kyung Kim, composer
Two Years with the Seine
John Sackett, bass clarinet, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello

Andrew Imbrie, composer
Mukashi Mukashi (Once upon a time)
Rae Imamura, piano, Aki Takahashi, piano

Review:
"With the death of Andrew Imbrie in 2007, ...America lost one of its finest composers of the generation that came to maturity in the 1940s. ...Everything he wrote is well worth seeking out...should be heard by anyone who cares about American music." (American Record Guide)

"This disc is not only a compilation of fine and striking new music but also a touching double portrait...of a teacher and student." (San Francisco Chronicle)
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