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Bruce Babcock: Time, Still - chamber, vocal and choral music

NV5998

NEW RELEASE

Playing time: [c57']
Tracks: 11
Booklet pages: 12
© 2015 Navona Records LLC
Reviewer: Howard Smith
Review of Bruce Babcock: Time, Still - chamber, vocal and choral music published on 20 June 2015

Listen: Bruce Babcock: All Unto Me (track 7, 0:41-1:36)

Bruce Babcock:

1 Irrational Exuberance

Doug Masek, alto saxophone
David Speltz, cello
Louise Thomas, piano

This is What I Know - Four Songs on Poems of Dorothy Parker
2 The Red Dress
3 Fair Weather
4 Somebody's Song
5 Interior

Juliana Gondek, soprano
Rakefet Hak, piano
Doug Masek, alto saxophone

6 Springscape

The Debussy Trio:
Marcia Dickstein, harp
Angela Wiegand, flute
David Walther, viola

7 All Unto Me

The Coventry and Canterbury Choirs of All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA
James Walker, conductor

8 Metaphor Two

Robert Thies, piano

Imagined / Remembered - a Sonata for Cello and Piano
9 Allegro
10 Lento
11 Presto

Armen Ksajikian, cello
Robert Thies, piano

Applauded by Aaron Copland, inspired by Desmond Tutu, and mentored by Hugo Friedhofer and Earle Hagen, Bruce Babcock has spent his working life composing for the musicians of Los Angeles. Successful on film, TV and in the concert hall, he's known for vibrant, sonorous, expressive pieces that immerse audience and performers alike in an inclusive and exuberant celebration of the musical art. Eleven of these musicians are featured here. Five of the works on this CD were commissions, and two were winners of international competitions.

Recorded June 2006 at Salmon Recital Hall, Chapman University, Orange, CA, USA (track 1), 11 May 2010 at Olive Hall, Colburn School for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA, USA (tracks 2-5), April 2008 at Zipper Hall, Colburn School for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA, USA (track 6), 5 June 2011 at All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA, USA (track 7) and 11 January 2013 at The Bridge, Glendale, CA, USA.


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