Endangered
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Deeply felt music by American composers inspired by our environment.

Marthanne Verbit writes, "Long before moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2001, I began to think about what role a musician might play in the environmental struggle our planet faces. In choosing to make a recording of five piano works from 1997 to 2007, this may be fiddling while Rome burns. However, it can do no harm to share these very personal musical visions of what is endangered, what is now lost, what needs to be celebrated or preserved, and it may give some pleasure." The noted environmentalist William deBuys, who provides an eloquent essay for the booklet says, "...Each piece tells its own deeply felt, inspired story, each in the language of solo piano, which itself is an endangered form..."
Contents:
Hilary Tann, composer
Light from the Cliffs
Marthanne Verbit, piano

John Kennedy, composer
Naturali Periclitati
Marthanne Verbit, piano

Joseph Fennimore, composer
Five Rivers
Marthanne Verbit, piano

Peter Lieberson, composer
The Ocean that has no West and no East
Marthanne Verbit, piano

Steve Heitzeg, composer
Sandhill Crane (Migration Variations)
Marthanne Verbit, piano

Review:
"Verbit deserves high kudos for assembling five strong pieces and presenting them with feeling and authority. If the concept inspires action by listeners, so much the better." (Fanfare)

"As a lifelong pianist myself, I was impressed by the sheer musicality of the selections in this disc. ...At times the delicate precision of [Marthane Verbit's] fingerwork is stunning, like some Belgian lace." (Bruce W. Moss)
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