Charles Wuorinen Series: Duos

Charles Wuorinen (composer)

Catalog #: TROY1077
Release Date: January 1, 2009
Format: Digital

Like all of Wuorinen's music from the past three decades, the duos on this recording take the long view of musical history and align themselves not only with its expressive traditions, but much more importantly, with its secure and sustained future. The spare utterance of those works of the great European tradition that are composed for only two musicians, leave no margin for error: all is exposed when writing for two contrasting instruments. These duos, spanning slightly more than a quarter century of Wuorinen's oeuvre, never lapse in their intensity and invention. They display an impressive fecundity of sources and outward forms.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Sonata for Guitar and Piano Charles Wuorinen William Anderson, guitar, Joan Forsyth, piano
Never Again the Same Charles Wuorinen Wilbur Pauley, bass, Christopher Hall, tuba
Eleven Short Pieces Charles Wuorinen Erik Carlson, violin, Michael Caterisano, vibraphone
Divertimento for Alto Saxophone and Piano Charles Wuorinen Eliot Gattegno, alto saxophone, Eric Wubbels, piano
Percussion Duo Charles Wuorinen John Ferrari, marimba/vibraphone, Margaret Kampmeier, piano
Psalm 39 Charles Wuorinen Thomas Meglioranza, baritone, William Anderson, guitar
Duo Sonata Charles Wuorinen Robert Aitken, flute, James Avery, piano


  • "Performances are uniformly excellent. ...Another addition to the Wuorinen discography. Don't hesitate."

    – Fanfare

  • "I have always found his music highly rewarding, even if it is demanding. If you are not familiar with it, this is a good introduction. introduction to one of our finest contemporary composers."

    – American Record Guide

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