LEIF SEGERSTAM (b.1944): Trio No. 2 of Thoughts in One Movement, HANS WERNER HENZE (b.1926): Kammersonate, VACHE SHARAFIAN (b.1966): Piano Trio No. 2 "Dream of Dreams", TIGRAN MANSURIAN (b.1939): 5 Bagatelles, JONATHAN GOLOVE: Bad Dreams.
Catalogue Number: 06I122
Reference: TROY 908
Description: Segerstam's piece is in the 'Free pulsative' (a technique of quasi-aleatory, within limits set by the composer) method, which provides a kind of quasi-expressionistic stream of consciousness. The composed material is so coherent and well judged that the work as a whole has a paradoxical sense of structure and linear argument. The Henze is an early work, uneasily pitting a young man's enthusiasm for dodecaphony against his natural late-romantic tendencies (in terms of what the music actually sounds like, the latter generally win out, the work prefiguring the powerful emotional utterances of Henze's mature style). Sharafyan uses elements of his Armenian heritage, with modal melodies alongside gliding effects in the strings and gong-like percussion from the piano; unsurprisingly, Hovhaness is called to mind not infrequently. Golove's Bad Dreams uses music from a work in progress, an opera, which incorporates elements of various American popular music in a distorted, spikily acerbic style. Mansurian's Bagatelles are brief and enigmatic, owing something to the meditative resonances of Pärt or Kancheli.