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Levering, Arthur

Still Raining, Still Dreaming

Levering, Arthur : Still Raining, Still Dreaming (New World Records)

Arthur Levering in recordings of works from 2001-2002, compositions that stress clarity and lightness while working with dense elements of texture, tempo, & harmony.

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product information:

UPC: 093228066224

Label: New World Records
Catalog ID: 80662-2
Squidco Product Code: 9538

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray


Nicholas Kitchen-violin

Scott Woolweaver-viola

John McDonald-piano

Fumito Nunoya-vibraphone

Donald Berman-piano, celesta

Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble

Dinosaur Annex Chamber Orchestra

Scott Wheeler-conductor

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track listing:

1. Still Raining, Still Dreaming (1996, rev. 2001) 7:39
Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, Scott Wheeler, conductor

Echoi (1999)
2. Movement 1 5:26
3. Movement 2 3:43
4. Movement 3 4:38
Nicholas Kitchen, violin; Donald Berman, piano

Sppooo (2001)
5. Movement 1 1:35
6. Movement 2 2:06
7. Movement 3 2:23
8. Movement 4 2:06
9. Movement 5 2:19
Fumito Nunoya, vibraphone; Donald Berman, celesta

10. Tesserae (2002) 7:27
Scott Woolweaver, viola; John McDonald, piano

11. Catena (2000) 14:23
Donald Berman, piano; Dinosaur Annex Chamber Orchestra, Scott Wheeler, conductor

Total Time: 54:14
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"Arthur Levering (b. 1953) has throughout his career written music that stresses clarity and lightness of touch, even when it is dense with information or intense in its sonic impact. There's a marvelous athleticism to Levering's music. His rhythmic sense is unerring, and probably does more than anything else to clarify and drive his ideas. Changes of texture, tempo, and harmony all occur just where they should, and keep up the momentum. One thing that makes him exceptional among composers who feel an allegiance to modernism is his transparent orchestration. It's more than just a glittering surface; his choice of color and texture is as important a structural tool in the music's development as any other parameter.

Still Raining, Still Dreaming (1996, rev. 2001), scored for "Pierrot" sextet, is a memorial tribute to the Japanese master Toru Takemitsu, as the presence of both "rain" and "dream" in the title suggests. Echoi (1999), a three-movement work for violin and piano, is not the expected traditional sonata. The "echoes" of the title seem to exist on multiple levels. One feels cross-references of ideas from one movement to another and the extensive use of repetitive motives is another sort of "reverberance." Sppooo (2001) is a piece that makes you wonder why there isn't already a literature for celesta and vibraphone. Tesserae for viola and piano (2002) is a set of variations on a 32-note theme. While a close cousin of Still Raining, Still Dreaming, with its measured tremolo, sharp low thuds, and tolling center section, those similarities in fact demonstrate how a composer can develop a set of devices that s/he then recycles creatively from one work to another. Catena (2000) is a work for piano and a chamber orchestra of sixteen players."-New World

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