ANDREW RUDIN (b.1939): Concerto for Piano and Small Orchestra, Concerto for Viola, Strings, Harp and Percussion, Celebrations for 2 Pianos and Percussion.
Catalogue Number: 06M085
Reference: CRC 3119
Description: Rudin achieved early recognition as a pioneer of electronic music, but these recent works contain no hint of any such modernist tendencies. The piano concerto is conventionally structured in three movements and derives much of its vocabulary from Bartók and Ravel, both of whom are invoked through allusion and brief quotation in the course of the work. Celebrations honors George Crumb and James Freeman in two contrasting movements. Again, the language is strongly tonal, with invocation of Crumb's unusual sonorous effects in the first, ritualistic slow movement. Both movements make use of insistent canonic textures for propulsion. The viola concerto begins with an incisive movement in arch form with lyrically meditative sections frame a lively central scherzo, followed by a slow movement of tense, pained lyricism. The finale is another slow movement in predominantly somber, elegiac mood - the work is dedicated to the memory of George Rochberg, Rudin's teacher, and recalls the older composer's late vocabulary, culminating in an actual quotation from his second symphony. Marcantonio Barone (piano), Brett Deubner (viola), Orchestra 2001; James Freeman (piano).