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Mark G. Simon: Grecian Urn


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Composer and Clarinetist Mark G. Simon makes his PARMA debut with his first-ever recorded album, Grecian Urn. All selections were composed by Simon, and he is the clarinetist on every track. “Anniversary Sonata” commemorates the 50th wedding anniversary of the composer’s parents. “Angel Music,” is a bright, yet sympathetic Broadway-style ballad with running eighth-note phrases marked by sentimental modulations, inspired by the congeniality of the composer’s parents, his father’s vocation as a minister, and the G.K. Chesterton quote, “Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.” Concluding the sonata is the progressive “Pleasant Hill,” a sweet treasure that could easily be set to words to conclude what is the lounge-style, popular work with innate chamber music tendencies. “Un Buen Piola Porteño” is a tango/fantasia for clarinet and piano and fabulous in every way – from the transformative qualities of the clarinet’s voicing through different octaves to the smooth, indelible, charismatic melody of the tune itself, fleshed out with the glittering harmonies of the piano. In “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” Simon and Meir add soprano Linda Larson to their combo. In this setting of four of the five stanzas of the John Keats poem, in which the poet describes his visits to the British Museum, Simon reincarnates Keats’ experience noting that “The poem’s very existence to the power of art to affect people’s lives.” “Thou Still Unravished Bride,” is reminiscent of an Argento song--delicate and complex, yet unforgiving. “Heard Melodies” is a torrent of surface emotions transpired into a popular folk tune. “Coming to the Sacrifice,” is a haunting but spirited dance concluded with an extended instrumental fugue--in homage to J.S. Bach’s own Musical Sacrifice (BWV 1097). “O Attic Shape,” is an elegy directed to the Grecian Urn itself through which a harrowing soprano outcry lauds the Urn for its beauty.
Facts
Item number NV6152
Barcode 896931004527
Release date 4/13/2018
Category Classical Music
Label NAVONA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Meir, Aleeza
Larson, Linda
Classical Composer Simon, Mark G.
Disc: 1
Anniversary Sonata, Op. 3000:18:00
1 Anniversary Sonata, Op. 30: I. With Restrained Ene 00:04:22 Meir, Aleeza Simon, Mark G.
2 Anniversary Sonata, Op. 30: II. Angel Music 00:06:06 Meir, Aleeza Simon, Mark G.
3 Anniversary Sonata, Op. 30: III. Pleasant Hill 00:07:28 Meir, Aleeza Simon, Mark G.
Un Buen Piola Porteño, Op. 3400:12:00
4 Un Buen Piola Porteño, Op. 34 00:11:31 Meir, Aleeza Simon, Mark G.
Ode on a Grecian Urn, Op. 2400:18:00
5 Ode on a Grecian Urn, Op. 24: I. Thou Still Unravi 00:03:55 Larson, Linda Meir, Aleeza Simon, Mark G.
6 Ode on a Grecian Urn, Op. 24: II. Heard Melodies 00:04:12 Larson, Linda Meir, Aleeza Simon, Mark G.
7 Ode on a Grecian Urn, Op. 24: III. Coming to the S 00:04:31 Larson, Linda Meir, Aleeza Simon, Mark G.
8 Ode on a Grecian Urn, Op. 24: IV. O Attic Shape 00:06:09 Larson, Linda Meir, Aleeza Simon, Mark G.
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