Richard Aldag: Broadway Boogie-Woogie
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A finely curated showcase for Richard Aldag's recent music.

American composer Richard Aldag is also known as an educator and arts administrator. He holds a Ph.D. in Music from the City University of New York Graduate Center. He has received numerous commissions and served as composer-in-residence for the Sitka Summer Music Festival and the El Paso Pro Music Chamber Music Festival. Aldag has served on the faculties of San Francisco State University, San José State University, Pacific Union College, the Aaron Copland School of Music, Fordham University, and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. He was a special lecturer at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1991 and 1992. His arts administration career includes executive director positions with the Napa Valley Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Los Lupeños de San José, among others. With this first recording of his music, Aldag shares some of his most recent chamber music, offering a range of ensemble and instrumentation. The inspirations and expressive intentions are similarly diverse. This recording offers a rich and finely curated showcase for Aldag's latest music with a chance to get to know this original and compelling composer through the intimate expression and vivid textures that are the distinguishing hallmarks of chamber music.
Richard Aldag, composer
Fantasy for Flute, Piano & Percussion
Gina Gulyas (flute); Ian Scharfe (piano); Divesh Karamchandani (percussion)

Richard Aldag, composer
Due Celli
Jean-Michel Fonteneau (cello); Jennifer Kloetzel (cello)

Richard Aldag, composer
Nocturne & Dance
Matthew Boyles (clarinet); Rachel Patrick (violin); Ian Scarfe (piano)

Richard Aldag, composer
Arab Love Songs
Marnie Breckenridge (soprano); Jennifer Kloetzel (cello); Hadley McCarroll (piano)

Richard Aldag, composer
Duo for Flute & Violin
Gina Gulyas (flute); Rachel Patrick (violin)

Richard Aldag, composer
Romance for Cello & Piano
Jennifer Kloetzel (cello); Hadley McCarroll (piano)

Richard Aldag, composer
Lacrimosa for String Quartet
Jory Fankuchen (violin); Natasha Makhijani (violin); Clio Tilton (viola); Samsun van Loon (cello)

Richard Aldag, composer
Serenade for Chamber Ensemble "Broadway Boogie-Woogie"
Gina Gulyas (flute); Matthew Boyles (clarinet); Rachel Patrick (violin); James Jaffe (cello); Ian Scarfe (piano); Divesh Karamchandani (percussion); Andy Meyerson (percussion); Richard Aldag (conductor)

"Composer Richard Aldag, by training an exponent of post-World War II serialism of “significantly American orientation,” eventually abandoned the quest for the Holy Grail of “absolute, total systems” to embrace a less restrictive method, characterizing his compositional style as “Neo-Expressionism, combining lyricism with rhythmic energy in a post-tonal context that is complex, yet accessible at the same time.” Aldag’s self-analysis is spot on. …Listeners willing to venture into tonally flexible realms will find this is an inviting program that fascinates on many levels. It’s viscerally and intellectually stimulating, emotionally satisfying, and surprisingly entertaining in ways not often associated with Expressionism—in short, the work of a composer whose heart has triumphed over his head. " (Fanfare)