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Savor the beauty of harmonies exquisitely voiced.

Morris Rosenzweig was born in New Orleans, where he grew up among the tailors, merchants and strong-willed women of an extended family which has lived in southern Louisiana since the mid 1890s. His works have been widely presented throughout the United States, as well as in South America, Europe, Mexico and Israel. His catalog of works includes pieces for orchestra, various chamber ensembles, compositions for live instruments and electronics, two song cycles, two piano cycles, solo pieces and one opera. He was educated at the Eastman School of Music, the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. Points and Tales is a cyclic composition for piano in 12 movements. What is striking about the work is the overall austerity of its language: its searching, spare and unadorned expression. The listener is invited to savor the beauty of harmonies exquisitely voiced, the play of simple, unhurried melodies, and the pure tones of the piano. A Certain Round of Events, based on original, Italian and Chinese texts and words of Rilke, consists of nine songs plus a prelude, interlude and postlude, and Rosenzweig conceives of the texts in terms of three concurrent "senses of time": subjective, seasonal and unchanging.
Morris Rosenzweig, composer
Points and Tales
Stephen Gosling, piano

Morris Rosenzweig, composer
A Certain Round of Events
Lani Poulson, mezzo-sprano, Susan Wenckus, piano

"These demanding works...have a haunting quality that raises this above the usual run-of-the-mill academic modern music release. ...make it a point to sample some of [Morris Rosenzweig's] work." (American Record Guide)

"The music on this CD...has a depth of expression and plasticity of form that is both fascinating and deeply satisfying." (Fanfare)
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