Jennifer Higdon - Piano Trio, Voices, Impressions | Naxos - American Classics 8559298

Jennifer Higdon - Piano Trio, Voices, Impressions


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Label: Naxos - American Classics

Cat No: 8559298

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 27th November 2006



Anne Akiko Meyers
Hsin-Yun Huang
Nicholas Kitchen
Cypress String Quartet


Higdon, Jennifer

Piano Trio


Anne Akiko Meyers
Hsin-Yun Huang
Nicholas Kitchen
Cypress String Quartet


Jennifer Higdon’s philosophy in composing is simple: make sure the music communicates. It is her goal to write music that speaks not only to the seasoned professional performer, but also to audiences that come to this music with all types of understanding, from the first-time listener to the most sophisticated Classical connoisseur. For her, music is purely a reflection of life and should be enjoyed as such.
In her Piano Trio, Higdon explores the relationship between sound and colour, and the potential for such elements to convey different moods. The three movements of Voices depict contrasting states of mind, from highly agitated to serene. In Impressions for string quartet, the composer returns to the world of impressionist painting as her source of inspiration.
Unquestionably Higdon has it all as a composer: a generous fund of ideas, terrific technique, an excellent sense of musical timing, and enough concern for her audience to write music that can be enjoyed at first hearing but that never panders or sounds derivative.” Classics Today
This disc includes a live première performance of the Piano Trio from the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.
Piano Trio (2003) : Anne Akiko Meyers, (violin), Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Adam Neiman (piano)
Voices (1993) : Nicholas Kitchen and Melissa Kleinbart (violins), Hsin-Yun Huang (viola), Wilhelmina Smith (cello)
Impressions (2003) : The Cypress String Quartet: Cecily Ward and Tom Stone (violins), Ethan Filner (viola), Jennifer Kloetzel (cello)

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