UltraViolette

Description: 
At the end of the spectrum
Composers: 
Andrew Violette
Performers: 
Andrew Violette
Elizabeth Farnum
Ensemble Pi
Janice Weber
John Rojak
Kaitlin Mahoney
Maggie Lauer
Raemond Martin
Sherry Zanoth
Catalog Number: 
#757
Genre: 
new classical
Collection: 
Andrew Violette
solo voice
chamber
Location: 

Brooklyn, NY

UPC: 
726708675721
Price: 
$15.00
Release Date: 
Apr 27, 2010
Format: 
2 CD
UltraVioletteiTunes Artist's PageiTunes Album Page
Song TitleTimePrice
1.Pistis Sophias05:40$0.99
2.Flute Sonata: I. Moderato05:51$0.99
3.Flute Sonata: II. Polka04:53$0.99
4.Flute Sonata: III. Andante03:13$0.99
5.Flute Sonata: IV. Vivace03:59$0.99
6.Trio for Horn, Bass Trombone and Piano: I. Allegro ma non troppo04:28$0.99
7.Trio for Horn, Bass Trombone and Piano: II. Andante06:25$0.99
8.Trio for Horn, Bass Trombone and Piano: III. Allegro barbaro08:37$0.99
9.Six Performances09:06$0.99
10.5 Sonatinas: I. Moderato04:43$0.99
11.5 Sonatinas: II. Presto02:02$0.99
12.5 Sonatinas: III. Blues04:25$0.99
13.5 Sonatinas: IV. Andante05:48$0.99
14.5 Sonatinas: V. Tango05:39$0.99
15.Amor Dammi Quel Fazzolettino04:45$0.99
16.American Song Set: O Captain! My Captain!02:53$0.99
17.American Song Set: El Dorado03:13$0.99
18.American Song Set: Ode to Stephen Dowling Bots02:21$0.99
19.American Song Set: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry03:50$0.99
20.American Song Set: Fire and Ice01:01$0.99
21.American Song Set: Stopping by the Woods02:39$0.99
22.American Song Set: House on the Hill06:19$0.99
23.American Song Set: Come Lovely Death09:52$0.99
24.American Song Set: Wild Nights04:51$0.99
25.La Mejor Tinta07:12$0.99
26.A Margarita Debayle11:45$-1
27.Death Be Not Proud03:25$0.99
28.Fantasy04:29$0.99
29.Fugamericana01:25$0.99
30.00:00$
31.Pistis Sophias05:40$0.99
32.Flute Sonata: I. Moderato05:51$0.99
33.Flute Sonata: II. Polka04:53$0.99
34.Flute Sonata: III. Andante03:13$0.99
35.Flute Sonata: IV. Vivace03:59$0.99
36.Trio for Horn, Bass Trombone and Piano: I. Allegro ma non troppo04:28$0.99
37.Trio for Horn, Bass Trombone and Piano: II. Andante06:25$0.99
38.Trio for Horn, Bass Trombone and Piano: III. Allegro barbaro08:37$0.99
39.Six Performances09:06$0.99
40.5 Sonatinas: I. Moderato04:43$0.99
41.5 Sonatinas: II. Presto02:02$0.99
42.5 Sonatinas: III. Blues04:25$0.99
43.5 Sonatinas: IV. Andante05:48$0.99
44.5 Sonatinas: V. Tango05:39$0.99
45.Amor Dammi Quel Fazzolettino04:45$0.99
46.American Song Set: O Captain! My Captain!02:53$0.99
47.American Song Set: El Dorado03:13$0.99
48.American Song Set: Ode to Stephen Dowling Bots02:21$0.99
49.American Song Set: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry03:50$0.99
50.American Song Set: Fire and Ice01:01$0.99
51.American Song Set: Stopping by the Woods02:39$0.99
52.American Song Set: House on the Hill06:19$0.99
53.American Song Set: Come Lovely Death09:52$0.99
54.American Song Set: Wild Nights04:51$0.99
55.La Mejor Tinta07:12$0.99
56.A Margarita Debayle11:45$-1
57.Death Be Not Proud03:25$0.99
58.Fantasy04:29$0.99
59.Fugamericana01:25$0.99

UltraViolette

One Sheet: 

Andrew Violette offers a music festival's worth of new pieces on a 2 CD set aptly titled UltraViolette. The obsessive virtuosity, big emotions and lush Lisztian harmonies are still there but the pioneering use of large scale forms is not. Instead we get the smaller works, from 1970 to 1994, still mystical and ecstatic but more easily digestible.

The program opens with Pistis Sophias, a chant sung by New York based, Grammy nominated soprano, Elizabeth Farnum. Her beautiful lyric soprano makes a direct emotional connection in this first experiment with modality (written in 1970 when the composer was 16). A flute sonata, played by Maggie Lauer, who nails the drop-dead hard licks, follows. Two of the four movements are transcriptions of the Five Sonatinas, also on the CD, played by the composer. These Sonatinas (1994) explore episodic use of color, akin to late Debussy. Violette plays the big splashes of luminosity--with its crashing octaves, daring trills, extravagant gestures--with a thoroughly committed and spectacular musical scholarship.

Next is Six Performances, almost a jazz piece, played by Ensemble-Pi with the composer as guest pianist. Six pieces, six different tempos, six different moods--all played together! A trio--played by Kaitilin Mahony, a horn player with American Composers Orchestra and Broadway; John Rojak, a member of the American Brass Quintet and Broadway shows, and the composer on keyboard--rounds out the first CD. This music is energetic and fiercely physical. There's a winding staccato bass trombone etude played to perfection as well as an expressive high-horn solo of considerable breath-control difficulty that has to be heard to be believed. A trifle for piano four-hands about love transformed is zipped off by the composer and Janice Weber (she recorded the notoriously difficult 1838 version of the Liszt Etudes on IMP). You can hear the fun they had recording this new-complexity bonbon.

The rest of the second CD is art songs sung by Raemond Martin (soloist in the Met's Porgy and Bess; Scarpia with New York Grand Opera) and Sherry Zannoth (Met debut in Weill's Mahagonny). Sherry, with her secure top, solid bottom and a penetrating high register, sings with a warmly vibrant, clear-eyed honesty.You have to hear her expressive pianissimos coupled with those powerful, Wagnerian high notes. Raemond sings the soaring melodies with acute musical intuition, direct in his emotional connection, with great clarity of diction. The mastering leans toward the wet, sounding a bit like a pop and there's that gorgeous peek-a-boo violet cover. A must-have for new-music-philes!