Speaking of Love
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Paul Salerni's second recording features songs with texts by Dana Gioia and his string quartet.

Composer Paul Salerni was introduced to the poetry of Dana Gioia by his wife, who also insisted that he set it to music. That setting and all of the subsequent work that he and Gioia have done together have been key to Salerni's compositional voice. This recording presents three works of his and Gioia's that contemplate various aspects of love (filial, familial, marital, aesthetic, erotic, agapic, greedy, etc.). The string quartet included in this recording is more abstract, but a no less meaningful expression of love by Salerni for his family. Salerni, who studied at Harvard, is on the faculty at Lehigh University. His songs and chamber music are widely performed to critical acclaim. The music on this, his second recording for Albany Records, truly sings and dances.
Paul Salerni, composer
For Love or Money
Sophia Burgos, soprano; Domenic Salerni, violin; Paul Salerni, pianoforte; Peter Paulsen, contrabass; Miles Salerni, percussion

Paul Salerni, composer
Family Letters
Sophia Burgos, soprano; Robin Kani, flute; Deborah Andrus, clarinet; Domenic Salerni, violin; Marco Biaggio, cello

Paul Salerni, composer
Speaking of Love
Sophia Burgos, soprano; Adriana Linares, viola; Paul Salerni, pianoforte; Miles Salerni, percussion

Paul Salerni, composer
Quartet 1.5
Zemlinsky Quartet

"American composer Paul Salerni writes in an accessible style, influenced by jazz and pop idioms to a degree but with a wide range of idioms. He has a particular affinity for the voice, and even his instrumental music is frequently marked by a singing line.…Excellently balanced recorded sound rounds out what is a delightful, engaging disc that should be attractive to anyone with an interest in tonal American music. Tonal does not mean simple-minded, for some of the music here is challenging in a very good and healthy way." (Fanfare)
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