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By Anne-Marie McDermott, Douglas Williams, Laura Mercado-Wright, loadbang, Sharon Harms, Steven Brennfleck, The Group for Contemporary Music, and Charles Wuorinen. By Charles Wuorinen (1938-). Classical. CD. Naxos #BCD9490. Published by Naxos (NX.BCD9490).
Item Number: NX.BCD9490
Charles Wuorinen has always been comfortable in a range of genres, embracing the traditional forms of opera, symphony, or string quartet as readily as he accepts the challenge unusual combinations that have become a second norm since Pierrot Lunaire more than a century ago. Nor has any particular focus dominated any period of his nearly sixty-year career: his eight symphonies span more than fifty years, his piano concertos forty. He has written everything from piano bagatelles to ballets, a Mass setting, eight symphonies, and three operas. This album features the latest and most traditionally structured of Wuorinen's four piano sonatas--"sonata" being a term the composer has used on a number of occasions otherwise--as well as two vocal works setting poetry of two of our greatest modernist poets, John Ashbery and James Tate.