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Air in Motion: Works by Pierre Jalbert, including Air in Motion (Escher String Quartet and Carol Wincenc), String Quartet No. 4 and String Quartet No. 6.
CD released by Orchid Classics.
Following the release of his outstanding album String Theory on Orchid Classics, American composer Pierre Jalbert returns with Air in Motion: world-premiere recordings that celebrate his long relationship with the Escher Quartet, as well as paying tribute to flautist Carol Wincenc during her 50th anniversary season. Jalbert is an "acknowledged chamber-music master" (The New Yorker) and in his String Quartet No. 4, dynamic shapes such as spiral, waveform or labyrinth are the catalysts for each movement. His String Quartet No. 6, 'Canticle', invokes the idea of ritual, with color added by the use of crotales (small, bell-like discs). Air in Motion brings a flute into the ensemble, adding a new dimension suggested by the flow of air through a column of metal. String Theory was praised in BBC Music Magazine: "There's a thrilling freneticism to Jalbert's music and it's a vein which runs through most of these premiere recordings". Jalbert is celebrated for music that "immediately captures one's attention with it's strong gesture and vitality" (American Academy of Arts and Letters) and that is "rhapsodic and skillfully written" (The New York Times).
CD Release Date: September 23, 2022
Air in Motion
String Theory: Works by Pierre Jalbert, including String Theory (Kinetic), Autumn Rhapsody (Kinetic), Elegy (Kinetic), String Quartet No. 3 (Maia String Quartet), and In Terra (The Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, Larry Rachleff, conductor)
CD released by Orchid Classics.
"Full of world-premiere recordings, String Theory is an album of works by Pierre Jalbert, an American composer described in The New Yorker as “an acknowledged chamber-music master”. Drawing on influences as diverse as medieval plainchant, the natural world and his French-Canadian heritage, Pierre Jalbert creates music that is “Rhapsodic and skilfully written” (The New York Times). We hear three pieces for string orchestra, all performed by the dynamic Kinetic ensemble. String Theory was inspired by the concept of quantum gravity and uses an array of techniques including harmonics, rapid bowing and vibrating strings; Autumn Rhapsody muses on nature’s colourful autumnal display; and Elegy is a lyrical chorale. In Terra, for full orchestra and performed by the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, reflects on the earth’s developmental processes, slowly evolving or suddenly changing. Jalbert’s String Quartet No. 3 was commissioned by the Maia Quartet, which plays the work on this album; the piece unfolds in a series of evocative scenes." -- from Presto Music
CD Release Date: September 10, 2021
Violin Concerto: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Pierre Jalbert
"Making their first appearance on BIS, Margaret Batjer and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) cross great distances in both time and space in this programme of concertante violin works. The disc opens with a Violin Concerto, whose music has been described as rich in instrumental color and harmonically engaging. Composed in 2017, the 26-minute concerto was a commission from the orchestra and here makes its first recorded appearance."
Read reviews from LA Times, the Strad, and the San Francisco Classical Voice.
CD Release Date: August 2, 2019
Alchemy: Piano Quintet and Secret Alchemy by Pierre Jalbert, recorded by the Jupiter String Quartet and pianist Bernadette Harvey.
This recording includes two works by Pierre Jalbert as well as works by Steve Stucky and Carl Vine. All the works on this recording were commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
Read reviews from AllMusic, the High Arts Review, Classical Post, and Ear Relevant.
CD Release Date: May 24, 2019
Secret Alchemy: Chamber Works by Pierre Jalbert
The portrait album features Jalbert’s Trio for violin, cello and piano (1998), as well as the premiere recordings of String Trio (2008), Crossings (2011) and Secret Alchemy (2012). The album’s title work, scored for violin, viola, cello and piano, was commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and embraces the mystery of creation and euphoria of discovery.
Read Review from San Francisco Chronicle. Read Review from Schott. Buy Album from Music from Copland House .
CD Release Date: January 16, 2017
I. Joyous, ecstatic; with great energy
II. Ethereal, suspended
III. Rhythmically driving
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
for flute, clarinet, violin, cello piano, and 1 percussion
I. Bells - Forwards and Backwards
II. Dome of Heaven
Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
Kevin Noe, conductor
I. Mysterious, transcendental
II. Rhythmic, precise
III. Flexible, soulful
David Finckel, cello
Wu Han, piano
Piano Trio No. 1
for alto saxophone, piano, and narrator. Based on the poem of Billy Collins.
Susan Cook, saxophone
Yoko Yamada-Selvaggio, piano
Steve Robinson, narrator
The Invention of the Saxophone
Toccata for piano
II. Unrelenting in intensity
III. Slow, mysterious
IV. With great energy
Makoto Nakura, marimba
for violin and guitar
I. Dramatic, with great energy
II. Stark, distant
III. Presto agitato
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