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BRIDGING THE CENTURIES
Three American chamber works written over the turn of the twentieth century, between 1889 and 1931. This is the premiere recording of the Quintet of Leo Sowerby, written when the composer was just 21 years old, which anticipates the “Americana” style credited to Aaron Copland and Virgil Thompson twenty years later. Surrounding it are Romantic works by two Americans who studied in Europe in the nineteenth century, and chose to remain there for the rest of their careers – which cost them any reputation in their homeland. Only recently published here, Arthur Bird’s Suite in D for ten winds is a joyful work in four movements. George Templeton Strong, son of the renowned New York attorney and diary-keeper by the same name, wrote his woodwind quintet late in life but its musical language lovingly recalls the Romantic era of his youth. Its five movements abound in delightful melodies and lush Romantic harmonies.
GEORGE TEMPLETON STRONG: Cinq Aquarelles [WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING]
LEO SOWERBY: Quintet [WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING]
ARTHUR BIRD: Suite in D [FIRST CHAMBER MUSIC RECORDING, no conductor]