SAMUEL ADLER (b.1928): Piano Concerto No. 3 (Bowling Green Philharmonia; Emily Freeman Brown), 3 Piano Preludes, Of Musique, Poetrie, Art, and Love for Soprano, Flute and Piano (Elizabeth Farnum [soprano]), Flute Sonata, Soundings for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Pasiphae for Piano and Percussion.
Catalogue Number: 01K096
Description: The piano preludes and 'Composer Portraits' encapsulate Adler's pithy, concentrated style, while the Herrick song cycle emphasizes his lyrical gift, in a range of settings of broad emotional scope. The sonata is conventional in layout, with brisk outer movements framing a gentle slow movement. Pasiphae, inspired by a Pollock painting, is not as abstract as that might suggest, though it uses many percussion colors in its abandoned middle section, portraying a viewer's excitement at the overwhelming flood of imagery in a large abstract artwork. The concerto is a single-movement structure in two parts, a somber introduction and a fast virtuoso vehicle. As with the other works here, the musical vocabulary is primarily tonal. Laura Melton (piano), Carol Wincenc (flute), John Sampen (sax), Roger Schupp (percussion).