Music of Contradictions
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Music of Contradictions offers intriguing, sensitive music by this West Coast composer.

David S. Lefkowitz, a native of New York City, studied composition at Eastman, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania. He has won international acclaim as a composer, with his works garnering performances around the world as well as numerous prizes and including recognition from the National Association of Composers, the Chicago Civic Orchestra and the Gaudeamus Music Week. As a theorist Lefkowitz has researched "meta-theoretical" issues such as the process of segmentation and the internal structure of set-classes. Lefkowitz has enjoyed creating music with different, often contradictory faces. The works on this disc in which tonality and atonality, consonance and dissonance exist in tension are not found at one particular point along the continuum from one stylistic extreme to another. Rather these pieces thrive on the tension between the contradictory characteristics.
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David S. Lefkowitz, composer
Duo
Walter Ponce and Stella Maksoudian, pianos

David S. Lefkowitz, composer
With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)]
Julie Jong, flute

David S. Lefkowitz, composer
(Sur)Real (Cine-) Music I: The Chase Through Escher's Metamorphosen
Jennifer Roth, flute, Dephne Chen, violin, Buzz Gravelle and Sam Vierra, guitars

David S. Lefkowitz, composer
With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)]
Andrea Thiele, harp

David S. Lefkowitz, composer
Surfer's Guide for the Perplexed (or: Jonah on the Raging Sea)
The Definiens Project

David S. Lefkowitz, composer
With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)]
Julie Long, flute, Carter Dewberry, cello

David S. Lefkowitz, composer
E Duo Unum
Paul Coletti and Silu Fei, violas

David S. Lefkowitz, composer
With/Without [Con/Sol (-ation)]
Julie Long, flute, Carter Dewberry, cello, Andrea Thiele, harp

David S. Lefkowitz, composer
Canonical Variations
Ralph Williams and Jonathan Sacdalan, clarinets

David S. Lefkowitz, composer
The Fashionable Suite
Jer-Mae Astolfi, piano

Review:
"David Lefkowitz...has a unique voice to present, and it is worth listening to. The subtitle for the CD is Music of Contradictions, and he makes these words meaningful via the constant use of tension in his writing. This gives much of his music an energetic sense of motion, which takes on a programmable value in a work such as The Chase Through Escher's Metamorphosen. ...Elsewhere, Lefkowitz continues to show off a fascination with the nature of movement in music, incorporating devices that are both diverse and connected, from the baroque and before to contemporary minimalism. In all, this CD is a fine omnibus to introduce a talented and compelling young composer." (Fanfare)
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