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Chicago Duos for Flute
Mary Stolper, flute
Eric Mandat, clarinet
Denis Azabagic, guitar
Jim Ross, percussion
Melody Lord, piano
Keith Conant, viola
Sebastian Huydts, piano
Lita Grier, composer
Cedille Records CDR 90000 071

"[A] thoroughly enjoyable collection . . . Stolper performs . . . with considerable sparkle and vigor, and the result is thrilling." (MLA Notes)

"These are exemplary performances, Stolper maintaining an attractive, consistent, and best of all not-too-vibrato-laden tone throughout." (Fanfare)

"Stolper's playing is consistently first-rate." (American Record Guide)

Each of the composers represented on this recording is a Chicago composer, but you won't find a "Chicago School" here. These are seven unique individuals whose lives have been touched in different ways by this heartland center. Some were born and educated here, then moved away; others came from abroad and adopted Chicago as their home; still others spent virtually their entire productive lives in this city. All write music that is imaginative and earnest. Their subject in these works is the flute paired with another instrument. Throughout the recording, the flute (or piccolo), like a gracious hostess at a party, moves with suppleness between its musical guests, entering into dialogues on widely disparate topics. The result is a delightful assortment of Real Music.
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Click the Cedille Player at the upper left to hear excerpts from the tracks highlighted in red below. These have been carefully chosen as representative of the recording program.

PROGRAM (78:54)

* Lita Grier (b. 1937)
3x2 for Flute and Clarinet (1953) (5:08)
1. I. Presto (1:43)
2. II. Adagio espressivo (2:43)
3. III. Vivace - fast as possible (0:37)

* Easley Blackwood (b. 1933)
4. Rondo Caprice for Flute and Guitar, Op. 35 (1992) (10:06)

Leon Stein (1910-2002)
5. Introduction and Rondo for Flute and Percussion (1960) (7:27)

John La Montaine (b. 1920)
Sonata for Piccolo and Piano Op. 61 (1993) (15:22)
6. I. With driving force, not fast (5:27)
7. II. Sorrowing (3:59)
8. III. Searching (1:14)
9. IV. Playful (4:35)

* William Ferris (1937-2000)
10. Lux Aeterna for Flute and Viola (1997) (9:26)

Robert Muczynski (1929-2010)
Duos for Flute and Clarinet Op. 34 (1984) (selection)
11. IV. Allegro ma non troppo (0:57)
12. V. Andante molto (2:18)
13. VI. Allegro (1:10)

*Sebastian Huydts (b. 1966)
Music for Flute and Piano Op. 22c (1997) (26:13)
14. I. ("Summer") Tranquillo (5:11)
15. II. ("Autumn") Allegro ben ritmico (8:42)
16. III. ("Winter haze...") Adagio (6:27)
17. IV. ("Principio di virtu") Allegro giusto (5:41)

* World Premiere Recording

Recorded: February 26-28, March 29-30, and April 16, 2002 at WFMT Chicago / Producer: Judith Sherman / Engineer: Bill Maylone / Graphic Design: Melanie Germond & Pete Goldlust / Front Cover Photo: Tom Van Eynde / Notes: Ted Hatmaker / PUBLISHERS: Grier 1953 Lita Grier. Blackwood 1992 Blackwood Enterprises. Stein 1977 Southern Music Company. La Montaine 1993 Freedonia Press. Ferris 1997 William Ferris. Muczynski 1984 G. Schirmer. Huydts SBH1997.