Chamber Music of Lowell Liebermann
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A stunning recording of this major composer's chamber music.

Peter G. Davis writes: "Spanning the years 1978 to 2001, the music on this disc gives a useful overview of the musical aims and stylistic development of a prominent, productive, and often provocative American composer between the ages of 17 and 40. It is a useful mini-survey and a revealing one as well. All five works are written for small instrumental combinations, an exposed medium in which no composer has ever found an easy place to hide. In chamber music every note counts, and the composer must make the performer as well as the listener feel actively engaged with the music's substance and forward progress at all times, if the piece is to emerge as a fully satisfying listening experience. Anyone who listens closely to Lowell Liebermann's scores has to be impressed by their ability to do precisely this in music notable for its clarity and textural lucidity. Some will be tempted to call these works neo-romantic, neo-classical, post-modern, or any number of other fashionable terms, most of them not very helpful. Labels are often misleading, but one thing is certain; Liebermann is not concerned with startling his audiences by experimenting with radical new structures, never-before-heard musical sounds, or extended instrumental techniques. Indeed, he adopts a more conservative stance that apparently stings certain critics for whom novelty is absolutely essential if a new work is to be considered artistically valid. So much the worse for them. Liebermann is too busy composing to enter into such aesthetic arguments. The title of each piece on this disc honestly describes what it is, and in terms that composers as far back as Haydn and Mozart would recognize. Liebermann's music falls gratefully upon the ear, but it is filtered through the sensibility of a composer who clearly lives in our time and is fully aware of the tumultuous musical upheavals of the past century, even as he consciously makes the choice to offer us something that rises above the fray. Liebermann writes music that above all strives for balance and beauty - and braininess as well, for all those who care to dig beneath the surface. It is a healthy sign of the times that a composer can once again choose to be accessible in this way and not be automatically squashed and discouraged by the mandarins of contemporary music. Such was the fate of many American composers active in the generation that preceded Liebermann, and the new music scene is still in recovery from those bad old days."
Contents:
Lowell Liebermann, composer
Trio No. 1 for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 32
William Terwilliger, violin, Andres Diaz, cello, Andrew Cooperstock, piano

Lowell Liebermann, composer
Concerto for Violin, Piano & String Quartet, Op. 28
William Terwilliger, Andrew Cooperstock, piano, Ying Quartet

Lowell Liebermann, composer
Two Pieces for Violin and Viola, Op. 4
William Terwilliger, violin, Erika Eckert, viola

Lowell Liebermann, composer
Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Op. 46
William Terwilliger, Andrew Cooperstock, piano

Lowell Liebermann, composer
Trio No. 2 for Violin, Cello and Piano, OP. 77
William Terwilliger, violin, Andres Diaz, cello, Andrew Cooperstock, piano


Review:
"I am very impressed with what I hear on this recording..." (American Record Guide)

"[Lowell Liebermann's] music is tonal, accessible, clearly structured, idiomatic to the instruments, and frankly beautiful..." (Strings)

"Liebermann's more conservative idiom...is highly rhapsodic, gorgeously melodic, and dramatically charged." (Robert Reilly, Crisis magazine)
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