Personae | Gega New GR32



Label: Gega New

Cat No: GR32

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 16th June 2017



Personae is something of a mixed media disc. Its basis is a poem, Persona, by Jesse Nathan, that looks into family relationships, six stanzas of which are spoken between the music.

Unconventional programming is what interests violinist Leslee Smucker, who is currently a member of the faculty of the University of Colorado, Boulder.

In between the verses of the poem, read by Lana Smucker, there are violin solos by George Antheil, Louis Andriessen, Egemen Kesikli, JP Merz and Kaija Saariaho. Leslee Smuckerís disc crosses both music and literature with several pieces composed by the poet Ezra Pound, making this one of the very rare recordings of his music.

Vividly recorded and beautifully played, Leslee Smuckerís Personae are very much alive in her thought provoking recital.

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