Music for Strings (1992-2002)
NATHANIEL STOOKEY Music for Strings (1992-2002) TROY717 - Price: $16.99
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A young, fresh compositional voice whose passion for string instruments comes through in these works.

Nathaniel Stookey was born and raised in San Francisco where he studied violin and composition. At seventeen, he was invited by Charles Wuorinen to create a chamber work for the San Francisco Symphony's New and Unusual Music Series, the youngest composer ever to be so honored. Since then, his music has been performed by a broad range of distinguished ensembles, from Turtle Island String Quartet to the Philadelphia Orchestra. Stookey was a Composition Fellow with the Halle Orchestra, under Kent Nagano, from 1993 to 1996 and Composer-in-Residence with the North Carolina Symphony, under Gerhardt Zimmermann, from 2000 to 2003. He has studied with Donald Erb, Andrew Imbrie, George Benjamin, Stephen Jaffe, and Scott Lindroth. Today he lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children. He writes: "As a violinist, string music has always been my touchstone. I have put more of myself into this medium than any other, much as a pianist-composer might be expected to channel his most personal statements into works for his own instrument. But the piano can be a world unto itself, while the strings are most often thought of in the plural - as a family. Growing up in the orchestra, we plucked together, bowed together, and rose together on the conductor's cue. For us, the pay-off was that, in behaving like a single instrument, we eventually came to sound like one. This record is a result of a decade of collaborations with string players, from my early twenties to my early thirties. More specifically, it is the culmination of an intensive three-year residency with the North Carolina Symphony, the Ciompi Quartet and the MallarmT Chamber Players, during which all four works included here were performed repeatedly and recorded."
Contents:
Nathaniel Stookey, composer
String Quartet No. 2
Ciompi Quartet

Nathaniel Stookey, composer
String Quartet No. 1
Ciompi Quartet

Nathaniel Stookey, composer
Sonata for Sam
Bonnie Thron, cello

Nathaniel Stookey, composer
Double, concerto for two violins and strings
Brian Reagin, Rebekah Binford, violins, North Carolina Symphony Strings, William Henry Curry, conductor

Review:
"...as a composer, Stookey shows a fanciful, inventive side that exceeds mere technique and reveals him to be a highly imaginative and original talent." (allmusic.com)
 
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