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Eric Klein: The Myth of Tomorrow


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Composer Eric Klein immediately engages the listener with the mysteriousness of “Nettles,” a quartet for piano, violin, cello, and clarinet. This track’s rhythmic dexterity hints at Klein’s background as a film/media composer, foreshadowing the complexity of the dark, ethnographic “Myth of Tomorrow,” an exploration of the keyboard percussion instruments and the distinctive aspects of the harp. The first movement of the energetic “Hoboken Suite” transpires when flute and free-bass accordion engage in a battle of sonorities, highlighted by the warm depth of strings and bass clarinet woodwinds. It is a cliffhanger with no resolve, and still none is given even in the haunting opening of Movement II, when the tempo is dramatically cut in half. In the similar realm is the rhapsodic “Dream Fragments” a sonata for piano—each hand, at times, so independent one might wonder if two pianos are in effect. “1899” is a pensive survey of the Americana themes of Klein’s predecessors directed by the reminiscent harmonies of the atmospheric woodwinds and vibraphones that have been catalysts for the album so far. Following is “Parallels,” a “tonal and atonal hybrid,” a play on anxiety and confusion. Perhaps the most unexpected gem of this incredible album is the guitar duet “Four Journeys.” There is a subtle dance with modal mixture, providing exquisite chord progressions and arrival points reminiscent of the sweetest of Renaissance madrigals. When the dust settles, it is with a startling jolt.“Hidden Places” is the icing on the cleverly syncopated cake. Klein’s work is smart and sophisticated, accessible even to the untrained ear, and a cool, clever blend of things both old and new.
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Item number NV6136
Barcode 896931004367
Release date 1/12/2018
Category Classical Music
Label NAVONA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Various Artists
Disc: 1
Nettles00:06:00
1 Nettles 00:05:35 Henderson, Josh Kerekes, Paul Cordeiro, Carlos Lee, Ju Young
The Myth of Tomorrow00:07:00
2 The Myth of Tomorrow 00:07:12 Statser, Sean Kerekes, Paul Klein, Eric Donovan, Marilu
Hoboken Suite00:07:00
3 Hoboken Suite: I. — 00:02:14 Koci, Nathan Mattingly, Dylan Shanahan, Finnegan Henderson, Josh Bloom, David Cordeiro, Carlos Wyrick-Flax, Fanny Haines, Sarah
4 Hoboken Suite: II. — 00:02:18 Koci, Nathan Mattingly, Dylan Shanahan, Finnegan Henderson, Josh Bloom, David Cordeiro, Carlos Wyrick-Flax, Fanny Haines, Sarah
5 Hoboken Suite: III. — 00:02:03 Koci, Nathan Mattingly, Dylan Shanahan, Finnegan Henderson, Josh Bloom, David Cordeiro, Carlos Wyrick-Flax, Fanny Haines, Sarah
Dream Fragments00:10:00
6 Dream Fragments 00:10:28 Kerekes, Paul Klein, Eric
189900:07:00
7 1899 00:07:24 Mattingly, Dylan Shanahan, Finnegan Henderson, Josh Bloom, David Kerekes, Paul Cordeiro, Carlos Wyrick-Flax, Fanny Haines, Sarah Taghavi, Remy Honse, Evan Evans, Matt
Parallels00:07:00
8 Parallels 00:06:36 Breczinski, Stuart Mattingly, Dylan Shanahan, Finnegan Bloom, David Kerekes, Paul Cordeiro, Carlos Wyrick-Flax, Fanny
Four Journeys00:14:00
9 4 Journeys: No. 1, — 00:03:50 Klein, Eric
10 4 Journeys: No. 2, — 00:03:39 Klein, Eric
11 4 Journeys: No. 3, — 00:04:14 Klein, Eric
12 4 Journeys: No. 4, — 00:02:28 Klein, Eric
Hidden Places00:12:00
13 Hidden Places 00:12:21 Breczinski, Stuart Linden, Daniel Mattingly, Dylan Shanahan, Finnegan Henderson, Josh Bloom, David Garapic, Amy Swoboda, Patrick Kerekes, Paul Cordeiro, Carlos Lee, Ju Young Donovan, Marilu Wyrick-Flax, Fanny Haines, Sarah Taghavi, Remy Honse, Evan Evans, Matt Hill, Bert
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