Stillman, Mimi & Abramovic, Charles – “Freedom” – [Innova Recordings]
Authoritarians fear abstraction because, who knows, it might be about them. Two commissions and one long-lost recovery. Performed by the Dolce Suono Ensemble of Mimi Stillman on flute and Charles Abramovic at the piano.
Powerful meditations on upheaval and freedom, top quality performances. Stillman in particular is probably the most celebrated flutist of her generation, having received awards from Chamber Music America, Young Concert Artists, and many others.
- Tracks 1-5 Composed by Miecyzslaw (me-etch-eh-SLAV) Weinberg in 1947. Weinberg was a close friend of Dmitri Shostakovich, and along with Prokofiev, they were persecuted in Stalin’s 1948 Anti-Formalist purges. Recovered from the St. Petersburg library, this is the premiere recording.
- Tracks 6-9 commissioned from Russian-Jewish composer David Finko in 2012, reflections on narrowly escaping the Nazis, and later persecution by the Soviets. The flute is earsplitting at times.
- Tracks 10-12 add Yumi Kendall’s cello for Remembering Neda, commissioned from Richard Danielpour in 2009. Composed during the Iran protests, in memory of Neda Agha-Soltan, murdered protesting in Tehran.
you heard it 22 times on kfjc! most recently:
- 450 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played Danielpour - Desecration
- 450 days ago, Hemroid the Leader played Danielpour - Lamentation
- 1313 days ago, Double Felix played Danielpour - Benediction
- 1316 days ago, Cousin Mary played Weinberg - Second Dance
- 1322 days ago, Avakhov played Danielpour - Benediction
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