David Fulmer (violin), Randolph Kelly (viola), Amir Eldan (cello), Kurt Muroki (double bass), Ricardo Iznaola (guitar), June Han (harp)
The winner of many prestigious awards for composition, Samuel Adler is also Professor emeritus at the Eastman School of Music. His Canto series was written to meet the challenge of providing concert etudes for every orchestral instrument. This program presents the complete Cantos for solo string instruments, exploring the great possibilities in each instrument from virtuoso feats to lyrical poignancy, 'moody' pensiveness to sharply observed wit and humor. The duet Close Encounters expresses ecstatic feelings of love, while the string trio Five Snapshots reflects contrasting scenes of nature. With musicians such as the 'dizzyingly skillful violinist' (The New York Times) David Fulmer, multiple award winning cellist Amir Eldan, and the 'transcendental and consummate musicianship' (Soundboard Magazine) of guitarist Ricardo Iznaola, this has to be a tempting prospect for all collectors of contemporary music and of Naxos's fine American Classics series.
Adler Cantos, Close Encounters, Five Snapshots
Running Time: 1 hr 4 min