String Music by David Gompper
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Stellar performances of chamber music for strings by David Gompper.

Composer David Gompper has lived and worked professionally as a pianist, conductor, and composer in New York, San Diego, London, Nigeria, Michigan, Texas, and Iowa. He studied at the Royal College of Music, and the University of Michigan. Since 1991 he has been Professor of Composition and Director of the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa. His many awards include an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, and a Fromm Commission. Recordings of his music appear on the Albany and Naxos record labels. He has chosen recent chamber music written for string instruments for this recording, which are given stellar performances by violinist Wolfgang David, cellist Hannah Holman, double bass player Volkan Orhon, and pianists Réne Lecuona and David Gompper.
Contents:
David Gompper, composer
Nuance, for violin solo
Wolfgang David (violin)

David Gompper, composer
Ikona, for violin and piano
Wolfgang David (violin); David Gompper (piano)

David Gompper, composer
Cycles, for cello and piano
Hannah Holman (cello); Réne Lecuona (piano)

David Gompper, composer
Baily's Beads, for double bass and piano
Volkan Orhon (double bass); David Gompper (piano)

Review:
"American composer, pianist, and educator David Gompper was born in 1954. Every work of his that I have heard shows him to be a gifted composer. There is a consistency in his expression that demonstrates he is composer with his own personal style. That style is based on classical phrase structures. While some of his music will flirt with tonality, the works on this disc are not particularly tonal.…Violinist Wolfgang David is in complete sympathy with the music. His technique is remarkable and his attention to detail is outstanding. Equally outstanding are the performances by cellist Hannah Holman and pianist Réne Lecuona. Holman’s intonation is consistently excellent. Lecuona seems to lavish well-considered planning to every note she plays. Her control of the keyboard is amazing. The playing of both musicians demonstrates first-rate musicianship. It is rare to encounter double bass playing on the level of Volkan Orhon. He brings a level of virtuosity, technique and expression one is used to finding in an accomplished violinist. This is fantastic playing. Gompper demonstrates that he has great facility at the keyboard. He is a very good player." (Fanfare)
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