Urlicht’s newest release is a tour-de-force of modern American masterpieces for violin-piano duo and solo violin, including the world premiere release of Jason Eckardt‘s daunting “Strömkarl” for violin and piano – commissioned for this release – played by two of today’s most in-demand champions of new music, violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen.
Of “Strömkarl”, Miranda says:
Jason Eckardt is an artist whose music impresses with its combination of intellectual thoroughness, vigorous physicality and spontaneous volatility. His enthusiasm for complexities and his sincere assimilation of a variety of musical genres have given his music an individual and distinctly American cast. Collaborating with him and with Blair McMillen on his piece Strömkarl was a memorable experience, and I am delighted to add it to this strong chain, linking works of the past few decades to those of the present.
The recording includes Elliott Carter‘s Duo for violin and piano, and Roger Sessions‘ Sonata for violin solo.
Elliott Carter: Duo for violin and piano (1973) [21:56]
Roger Sessions: Sonata for solo violin (1953)
1. Tempo moderato, con ampiezza, e liberamente [10:53]
2. Molto vivo [6:57]
3. Adagio e dolcemente [10:22]
4. Alla Marcia vivace[4:53]
Jason Eckardt: Strömkarl [12:51]
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Blair McMillen, piano
Produced by Gene Gaudette
Engineered and edited by Ryan Streber, Oktaven Audio
CD Edition: Urlicht AudioVisual UAV-5989
CD release date: March 4, 2014
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Available in Europe and Asia in May 2013