PETER LIEBERSON (b.1946): Feast Day for Piano, ELLIOT CARTER (b.1908): Sonata for Flute, Oboe, Cello and Harpsichord, KELSEY JONES (1922-2004): Sonata da camera for Flute, Oboe and Harpsichord, ILJA HURNÍK (b.1922): Sonata da camera, FRANK MARTIN (1890-1974): Pièce brève for Flute, Oboe and Harp.
Catalogue Number: 06K100
Label: Boston Records
Description: This recital of works demonstrates the wide range of 20th-century applications to which an essentially Baroque ensemble can be put. Carter's whimsical sonata is perhaps one of his most instantly approachable works, rhythmically lively and tone-colored with the exquisite care of a master watercolorist. The Hurnik is neoclassical, somewhat reminiscent of Poulenc, with the middle-European inflections of the composer's background skilfully grafted in. Jones' piece is basically tonal and based on baroque forms, but with constant chromatic and polytonal disturbances adding 20th-century spice to a traditional recipe. The Lieberson has a kind of non-specific programmatic element, suggesting preparations and the celebration of a lively ceremonial feast of some kind. Accordingly the music encompasses a variety of moods and textures ranging from a somewhat modern idiom departing from the work's basically tonal vocabulary to hints of process-structures and outright neo-romanticism Nadine Asin (flute), Elaine Douvas (oboe), Darrett Atkins (cello), Steven Beck (harpsichord, piano), Erik Nielsen (harp).