PAUL MORAVEC (b.1956): Vita Brevis for Soprano and Piano Trio (Amy Burton [soprano], Trio Solisti), Characteristics for Piano (Simon Mulligan), Useful Knowledge: A Franklin Fantasy for Baritone, Oboe, Piano Quartet and Glass Harmonica (Randall Scarlata [baritone], La Fenice, Cecilia Brauer (glass harmonica).

Catalogue Number: 01N081

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.559698

Format: CD

Price: $11.98

Description: Three different kinds of musical portrait, beginning with a heartfelt, lovely song-cycle commenting on life's journey of everyman, setting a variety of poetic texts. The piano cycle consists of seven musical sketches of friends and colleagues of the composer's, a widely varied cast of characters. Useful Knowledge focuses on the character of Benjamin Franklin, celebrating his passionate intellect, spirituality and questing inventiveness, setting excerpts from his own writings. Moravec's vocabulary is very tonal, accessible and appealing, affording the listener a gentle, profound intimacy with his portraits' subjects. No texts.

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