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Notturno / Partita / String Quartet / The Hour Glass

About this Album

American composer Irving Fine's work stands as a notable exception to the generalization of American music from the 1950s as too cerebral, esoteric, and academic. A student of Nadia Boulanger, Fine’s output was refined, accessible, and modern all at once. The New York Times praised this album’s “crisp, heartfelt performances,” which showcase Fine’s “wistful lyricism and exquisite craftsmanship.”


New York Chamber Symphony (1-3): Gerard Schwarz, conductor; Jean Dane, viola; Susan Jolles, harp
New York Woodwind Quintet (4-8): Samuel Baron, flute; Ronald Roseman, oboe; Charles Neidich, clarinet; William Purvis, French horn; Donald MacCourt, bassoon
Lydian String Quartet (9, 10): Daniel Stepner, violin; Judith Eissenberg, violin; Mary Ruth Ray, viola; Rhonda Rider, cello
Cantata Singers (11-16): David Hoose, conductor; Jocelyn Kalajian, Denise Konicek, Lisa Wolff, soprano; Melinda Hoyt, Gloria Raymond, alto; Rockland Osgood, Peter Owens, tenor; John Osborn, Donald Wilkinson, bass;
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (17): Gerard Schwarz, conductor

Produced by Judith Sherman
Engineers: Paul Zinman (1-3), Judy Sherman (4-10), Henk Kooistra (11-16)
Tracks 1-3 recorded October 13, 1987, at Manhattan Center, New York City
Tracks 4-8 recorded December 29, 1986, at the Recital Hall, Music Division, SUNY-Purchase
Tracks 9, 10 recorded September 7, 1987, at the Recital Hall, Music Division, SUNY-Purchase
Tracks 11-16 recorded November 22, 1987, at the Houghton Memorial Chapel, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Track 17 recorded April 2, 1980, at Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena, California; produced and engineered by Marc Aubort and Joanna Nickrenz with Roger Mayer; Keith Holzman, production supervisor

Art direction and design: Henrietta Condak

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

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