American Vistas
MIMMI FULMER & LEONE BUYSE American Vistas TROY1097 - Price: $16.99
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Eleven delightful works by American composers for voice and flute are highlighted with this recording.

The 11 works on this compact disc represent four generations of American composers and a compositional time span of eight decades. In the ensemble repertoire for voice and flute, only Corigliano's Three Irish Folksong Settings and Copland's As It Fell Upon a Day enjoy wide recognition; the remaining works are relatively unknown and deserving of a broader audience. The artists comment: "In selecting music for this disc we sought works that define skillful text setting and showcase contrasting compositional styles. Just as American "character" defies definition because of its rich cultural blend, the American musical "style" comprises myriad voices--each distinct in its conviction." Five of these compositions are world premiere recordings Martin Amlin's Two Songs on Poems of Anne Fessenden; Kenneth Gaburo's Cantilena One for solo soprano; Braxton Blake's Three Songs on Poems by Marianne Moore; Ralph Shapey's Lullaby; Scott Gendel's Patterns; and Kurt Stallmann's Lumina II for solo flute.
Contents:
John Corigliano, composer
Three Irish Folksong Settings
Mimmi Fulmer, soprano, Leone Buyse, flute

Martin Amlin, composer
Two Songs on Poems of Anne Fessenden
Mimmi Fulmer, soprano, Leone Buyse, alto flute, Martin Amlin, piano

Kenneth Gaburo, composer
Cantilena One
Mimmi Fulmer, soprano

Braxton Blake, composer
Three Songs on Poems by Marianne Moore
Mimmi Fulmer, soprano, Leone Buyse, flute

Henry Cowell, composer
I Heard in the Night
Mimmi Fulmer, soprano, Leone Buyse, flute

Ralph Shapey, composer
Lullaby
Mimmi Fulmer, soprano, Leone Buyse, flute

Scott Gendel, composer
Patterns
Mimmi Fulmer, soprano, Leone Buyse, flute, Scott Gendel, piano

Kurt Stallmann, composer
Lumina II
Leone Buyse, flute

Maura Bosch, composer
In the Meantime
Mimmi Fulmer, soprano, Leone Buyse, flute

Aaron Copland, composer
As It Fell Upon a Day
Mimmi Fulmer, soprano, Leone Buyse, flute, Michael Webster, clarinet

Review:
"This is superb. ... Mimmi Fulmer has...natural grace and a voice that...is always rich and concentrated. In past reviews I have heaped praise on Leone Buyse. I stand by my statement that 'simply p ut, this is how the flute should sound.' ...Anyone who enjoys great American music should find this..." (American Record Guide)

"This is a welcome addition to a rarefied repertoire, though it makes such a good argument for the medium of voice and flute, that one wonders why there's not so much more music written for it. ...I find the two principal performers excellent advocates for this music." (Fanfare)

"All in all, this new release is worthy of attention in itself and also offers new possibilities for exciting recital programming." (The Flutist Quarterly)
 
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