Music of Ezra Laderman, Vol. 2
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Lyrical, intense, colorful and througly American.

"When I was accepted as a student at the High School of Music & Art, created in 1934 by Fiorello LaGuardia, mayor of New York, my family decided to move a block away from the school in Manhattan. The move to 492 West 136th Street was significant because it brought us across the street from Lewisohn Stadium, the summer home of what was essentially the New York Philharmonic. It also brought me to within a fifteen minute walk of the old Juilliard School of Music. What precipitated the move was that living in Brooklyn we were one and one half hours by subway from the High School. I came home from school the first day in September 1936 lugging a full size double bass. The next morning my resolute mother paraded me to confront Alexander Richter, head of the music section at the School. Before my mother uttered a word, he calmly took away the double bass and handed me a flute." What an amusing incident from the life of the wonderful American composer Ezra Laderman. Here is another one. "When I reflect over the nineteen thirties and how I was shaped in those early years, the record library at Juilliard looms awfully large. For the first time in my young life I was able to listen to recordings while reading scores of the main body of music. Whether it was Sibelius's Second or the Grosse Fugue, it was absorbed with enormous excitement. I would spend countless hours listening, my ears covered by huge ear phones, my eyes buried in the print. Over and over again, score in hand, I would listen while the librarians, wonderful in helping and guiding me through this newly discovered wonderland looked on with amusement. I was hooked." A fine composer was born and you can now listen to his chamber music on this new CD. What goes around certainly does come around. (Hear also volume 1, TROY399.)
Contents:
Ezra Laderman, composer
Sonata for Violin & Piano
Erick Friedman, violin; Elizabeth Parisot, piano

Ezra Laderman, composer
Duo for Violin & Piano
Erick Friedman, violin; Elizabeth Parisot, piano

Ezra Laderman, composer
Theme & Variations for Violin & Piano
Kyung Hak Yu, violin; Elizabeth Parisot, piano

Ezra Laderman, composer
Fantasy for Cello
Patrick Jee, cello

Review:
"[Erick Friedman] makes Ezra Laderman's very demanding sing and gives it a passion and charm and flair..." (American Record Guide)
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