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The Four Seasons x2: Piazzolla/ Vivaldi
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This CD is a salute to the Manchester Music Festival Ensemble's 30th Anniversary (in 2004). Like many summer festivals around the country and the world, the Festival had its beginnings in the desire to play and hear beautiful music in a cool, rural setting. From a summer-only enterprise, it has expanded into a year-round celebration of music. Both composers Piazzolla and Vivaldi wrote works entitled "The Four Seasons" and each complete opus is on this anniversary recording. Seasons x2 features solo performances by Joana Genova, violin, Ron Levy, piano, and Justin Kagan, cello on the Piazzolla; Danwen Jiang is the solo violinist heard on the Vivaldi.

Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons) - Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Primavera Porteña
    Verano Porteño
    Otoño Porteño
Invierno Porteño

The Four Seasons - Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) 
Four concertos for violin, strings and continuo
  "Spring"
 
Allegro (Getting Together in Spring)
      Largo (The Goatherd Asleep)
      Allegro (Pastoral Dance)
  "Summer"
      Allegro non molto (In the Heat of Summer)
      Adagio (Flies and Bluebottles)
      Presto (Tempestuous Winds of Summer)
  "Autumn"
      Allegro (Song of the Villagers)
      Adagio molto (Intoxicated Slumber)
      Allegro (The Hunt)
  "Winter"
 
Allegro non molto (Freezing, Trembling in the Snow)  


* Sound samples are in Real Audio (about 1 min. each, 200-260 KB)


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Celebrating 30 Years MMF
Works by Barber, Beethoven and Thuille
Double CD
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After the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards, where does a stellar Sound Editor go for an encore? In the case of Jonathan Schultz, Sound Editor for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, he happily switches gears to perfect the Manchester Music Festival's new 2-CD set commemorating 30 years of fine music.
 
On the blockbuster movies, adaptations of JRR Tolkein's fantasy novels, Jonathan Schultz worked directly under Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore and with the London Philharmonic. Schultz provided Sound Editing expertise on two of the Lord of the Rings movies. Jonathan's musical career has taken interesting turns, and he is no stranger to the Music Festival. He attended the MMF's six-week summer Young Artists chamber music program in the mid-1980's as cellist. He studied with former MMF Artistic Director Michael Rudiakov, and also taught the recorder alongside future MMF Artistic Director Ariel Rudiakov during the Festival's very first Music Education Week program in 1985!

DISC 1

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Trio in B Flat Major, Op. 97 (Archduke) for violin, cello and piano
  1.
Allegro Moderato*
  2.
Scherzo
  3. Andante Cantabile Ma Pero Con Moto
  4. Allegro Moderato

Ludwig Thuille (1861-1907)
Sextet for Winds and Piano, Op 5
  5. Allegro Moderato
  6. Larghetto
  7. Gavotte: Andante Allegretto
  8.
Finale: Vivace

 

DISC 2

Ludwig Van Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
  1. Allegro Con Brio
  2. Largo
  3.
Rondo-Allegro*

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Violin Concerto, Op. 14
  4.
Allegro
  5. Andante
  6.
Presto In Moto Perpetuo


*
Sound samples are in Real Audio (about 1 min. each, 200-260 KB)


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Vision
Music of the 20th & 21st Centuries
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Visons & Miracles (1997) - Christopher Theofanidis
   1.
All joy wills eternity
   2. Peace, Love, Light YOUMEONE
   3. I add brilliance to the sun
4. Manchester Miniature* (2000) - Phillip Lasser
5.
Phoenix Madrigal*° (2000) - David Gilbert
6. So Says The Wind* (2004) - Phillip Lasser
7.
Starry Night*° (2000) - David Amram
8. Shuo (1999) - Chen Yi

* MMF commission
° Conducted by the composer

** Sound samples are in Real Audio (about 1 min. each, 200-260 KB)


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  Vision
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