Adapting to the Times
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This recording continues Albany Records series of recordings devoted to Wuorinen's music.

The music of Charles Wuorinen is well known for its formidable intellectual rigor, its daunting notational complexity, and the extraordinary virtuosity required of its performers. It is also noted as a seminal contribution to the repertoire and theory of "American Serialism," a catch-all term describing compositional techniques developed by mid-century American composers (especially Milton Babbitt) from the 12-tone method of Arnold Schoenberg. Just the same, Wuorinen is, in many ways, a traditionalist, for whom music still possesses certain inalienable truths and standards. Seeking to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, Wuorinen has never sought to denigrate, ignore, or replace music of the past. Nor has he ever indulged cynically in pandering, disposable "entertainment music" designed for mass consumption. Instead, his compositions aspire to an idealistic potential future. The selections on this compact disc are excerpted from nearly 35 years of prolific compositional activity, and although each work is a unique example of musical ideas and compositional technique, all have in common expert craftsmanship, an engaging rhetoric, and a satisfying sense of completeness. Above all, these works possess an exuberant musicality, a striking freshness and vigor, and an intelligence that invites and rewards attentive, active listening.
Contents:
Charles Wuorinen, composer
Katz Fugue
James Winn, piano

Charles Wuorinen, composer
Christes Crosse
Elizabeth Farnum, soprano, James Winn, piano

Charles Wuorinen, composer
Twelve Short Pieces
James Winn, piano

Charles Wuorinen, composer
Self-Similar Waltz
James Winn, piano

Charles Wuorinen, composer
Album Leaf for Howard Klein
James Winn, piano

Charles Wuorinen, composer
Violin Variations
Benjamin Hudson, violin

Charles Wuorinen, composer
Album Leaf for Fred and Ida
Curtis Macomber, violin, Fred Sherry, cello

Charles Wuorinen, composer
Evolutio
Kevin Bowyer, organ

Charles Wuorinen, composer
Janissary Music
Steven Schick, percussion

Charles Wuorinen, composer
Adapting to the Times
Fred Sherry, cello, Marilyn Nonken, piano

Review:
"...this album...shows a human and even sentimental side of Wuorinen. ...Thanks to Wuorinen's connections and his credibility as a pianist, the performers here are of the highest quality....They give his music the careful, passionate performances that it deserves." (American Record Guide)

"...a post-tonal style combining carefully balanced formal designs with vibrant and viruosic musical surfaces." (Signal to Noise)
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