New Album of Works for Violin
"The highlights...include ‘The Lyre’, which the violinist plucks out while
simultaneously bowing a timeless lullaby against Lee Dionne’s lovely piano
surreally doubling the tune. By contrast, Kander’s study of Apollo, another
god of music, is raptly serene.
--Laurence Vittes, GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE
Hermestänze rises beautifully to the challenge of compressing
a lot of musical information into a small space…swift, evocative
pencil sketches. [...] A Garden’s Time Piece...is equally lovely
and evanescent – most of the songs take no longer than a minute
and leave you at once satisfied and waiting for more.
-- Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
MSR Classics has just released this album featuring three wonderful musicians: Jacob Ashworth, violin; Lee Dionne, piano, and Jessica Petrus, soprano. I am immensely honored to have worked with these extraordinary artists.
The title work, commissioned by Jacob Ashworth for violin and piano, is a 30-minute dramatic cycle based on the multi-faceted Greek god Hermes. Solo Sonata for violin-viola-violin was my first commission immediately following 9/11/2001; structured as a “feast-famine-feast” cycle, it features virtuosic outer movements for solo violin with a deeply felt Lament between them. A Garden’s Time Piece is a brief cycle for violin and soprano setting poems of Leslie Laskey.
Sample the Album
Susan Kander: HermestänzeMSR Classics [MS 1578]
Performed by: Jacob Ashworth, violin & viola; Lee Dionne, piano; Jessica Petrus, soprano.
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Bassoon TranscendedWorld Premiere Recordings [MS 1439]
Works on this album by Susan Kander: The Lunch Counter: A Musical Play in 7 Movements
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OverheardMSR Classics [MS 1403]
Works on this album by Susan Kander: Postcards from America for oboe and piano
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Susan Kander: Five Movements for my FatherLoose Cans Music 
Performed by: Keith Phares, baritone; Roberta Gumbel, soprano; Suzanne Ornstein, violin; Lino Gomez, clarinet/sax;
Eric Bartlett, cello; Thomas Schmidt, piano.
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More: Five Movements for My Father | Pas de Deux for Clarinet, Cello and Chimes | A Cycle of Songs
Imaginary Symphony and Other Tales, Music of Anthony PiccoloNavona Records NV5904
Works on this album by Susan Kander: Original Text for Fever Time
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