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by Adam Silverman

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Some composers are manically focused, repeating themselves in some way or another throughout their entire lives, honing in and perfecting a single notion in its multiple extremes—from Rossini to Reich, Lassus to Lutoslawski—while others are absorbent, exploring multiple strands of possibilities, moods and stripes, among them Stravinsky, Poulenc, Schoenberg, Andriessen, and the composer of the music on this disc, Adam Silverman.

Neither sort of artist is preferable to the other (where would we be without Reich’s razor-focus and Stravinsky’s wanderings?) but it does say a lot about the person and personality of the composer who chooses to go rogue, even from themselves. The compositions of Adam Silverman reflect his adventurous curiosity—he’s written music in many styles, from tonal to microtonal, from minimal to maximal. He seems to have settled, at least in the last half decade, on music favored by melody and lush, piquant harmonies, music with clear forms and elegant instrumental lines. But what he retains throughout all of the four pieces on this disc is a generous spirit and a caring, inviting approach to music making. The music sings for something just out of reach while being entrancing and gorgeous—which is what all good music ought to do.

-Daniel Felsenfeld


released January 1, 2010

Recorded 12/07, and 5/07 in the Recital Hall and Concert Hall at SUNY Purchase, NY
Engineered and Produced by Judith Sherman
Engineering and Editing Assistant: Jeanne Velonis
Liner Notes by Daniel Felsenfeld
Design by Calabaza Studios
Photography by Joel Silverman
Sturm: James Stern, violin; Amy Sue Barston, cello; Audrey Andrist, piano
Nocturnes and Reveries: Audrey Andrist, piano
Ricochet: Strata (Nathan Williams, clarinet; James Stern, violin and viola; Audrey Andrist, piano)
Corrie Q's Jigs and Reels: The Corigliano Quartet (Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin: Lina Bahn, violin; Melia Watras, viola; Amy Sue Barston, cello)




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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