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Corpo di Terra

by Suzanne Farrin

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Corpo di Terra is a collection of "songs without words" that composer Suzanne Farrin has created based on sonnets by the Italian poet, Petrarch. This recording, Farrin's first full length release, treats individual instruments as the canvas on which the composer can word paint subtle shadings of color and structure found in the original words. The results are meditative in gestalt but within this introverted frame, there is a wide dramatic range as the instruments struggle to express ideas beyond their abstract limitations.

The recording features performances by several specialists in the field of contemporary music performance, including clarinetist Joshua Rubin and harpist Nuiko Wadden, both of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), veteran New York new music freelancers violinist Cal Wiersma and cellist Julia Lichten, as well as the Munich-competition-winning violist Antoine Tamestit (France) with pianist Markus Hadulla (Germany).

Suzanne Farrin's works have been performed in the US, Europe, and South America, at such venues as Carnegie's Weill Hall, Symphony Space, The Kennedy Center, the Walker Center, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Sonic Festival, Alpenklassik (Germany), Theaterforum (Germany), and Festival Nuevo Mundo (Maracaibo). She has collaborated with such ensembles as the Arditti Quartet, So Percussion, the American Composer's Orchestra and ICE. Farrin is an Associate Professor of Composition SUNY Purchase.


released November 15, 2012




New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director), composer engineer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003-4, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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