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
Echoes of America (1997) Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano 1. Andante deliberato: Allegro (7:35) 2. Vivace (5:04) 3. Adagio (5:19) 4. Allegro Marziale (6:30)
Appalachian Ditties and Dances (1988) 5. Women-folk, Just Chattin' (4:19) 6. A Lorn One, Grievin' (4:13) 7. Cloggin' (3:02)
Raleigh Divertimento (1986) Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn & Bassoon 8. Allegro (5:27) 9. Molto adagio; piu mosso (4:58)
10. Lamentation (1946) for Solo Piano (5:15) 11. Scherzo (1950) for Solo Piano (6:05)
12. Dialogues for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1983) (9:10)
Total Time - 67:25
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