Bonnie Rideout, an internationally-acclaimed performer, is a three-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion. She performs, teaches and judges at Scottish fiddle competitions and workshops throughout North America. Bonnie resided at Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland when she did the original research which led to this historic recording, �Soft May Morn." Total time 55:13 minutes.
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Selections include: Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano (William Bolcom), Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6 (Samuel Barber), Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. 65 (Arthur Foote), Caf Music for Piano Trio (Paul Schoenfield)
Pulitzer Prize winning composer Robert Ward was commissioned to write Echoes of America, a trio for clarinet, cello and piano in celebration of his 80th birthday. On this recording, the trio accompanies several of Ward's other chamber works composed between 1946 and 1997. Aurora Musicalis is comprised of Stephen Shipps, violin, Eric Larsen, piano, the Aspen Wind Quintet and the Amadeus Trio.
Selections by Robert Ward include: Appalachian Ditties and Dances, Dialogues for Violin, Cello and Piano, Echoes of America (Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano), Lamentation for Solo Piano, Raleigh Divertimento for Woodwind Quintet, and Scherzo for Solo Piano
Violinist Aaron Dworkin--responsible for establishing the Sphinx Competition, the nation's preeminent string competition for black and Latino string players--introduces a dramatic form of artistry called Classispeak, which blends poetic verse with classical music. In this recording, Mr. Dworkin is joined by musicians Stephen Shipps, Annette Kaufman and Althea Waites to perform eleven musical selections that provide a bedding for poetry reflecting the African-American experience.
Selections by Aaron Dworkin include: American Natives, Douglass, Ebony Rhythm, Field of Dreams, Freedom, Goin' to Canada, My America, Sold an' Gone, Soldiers of Ham, Summertime, Violinist's Seduction...
Selections include: Trio No. 2 (Andrew Imbrie), Trio (Seymour Shifrin), Piano Trio (John Harbison), Trio, Op. 5 (Mel Powell)
Selections include: Piano Trio (Gunther Schuller), Panta Rhei: Time in Flux (Ursula Mamlok), Trio (Olly Wilson), Piano Trio '94 (Mel Powell), Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano (Robert Helps)
The musical partnership of cellist Bonnie Hampton and pianist Nathan Schwartz is indeed rare in today's concert scene, described by The New York Times as a smooth unit, two equal voices in musical discourse. The Duo's programs include both familiar and rarely played works from the classical repertoire, many 20th century duos, and premieres of commissioned works by American composers. They have had the pleasure of working closely with, and playing for all of the composers represented on this disc, with the exception of Paul Hindemith.
Selections include: Sonata, Op. 11, No. 3 (Paul Hindemith), Recollections and Revel (Elinor Armer), Sonata (Seymour Shifrin), Sonata, Op. 50 (Paul Turok), Sonate (Darius Milhaud)
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