A First for Composer John Harbison and Camerata Pacifica!
CAMERATA PACIFICA MAKES ITS RECORDING DEBUT WITH WORKS BY JOHN HARBISON INCLUDING THE COMPOSER’S FIRST COMPOSITION FOR STRING TRIO. THE RELEASE LAUNCHES CAMERATA PACIFICA’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON ON SEPTEMBER 11TH AT ZIPPER HALL IN LOS ANGELES.
Available on harmonia mundi September 9, 2014 is celebrated American composer John Harbison’s String Trio, Four Songs of Solitude and Songs America Loves to Sing performed by members of Camerata Pacifica in its debut album recording. One of the most wide-ranging American composers of our time, John Harbison (b. 1938) has an abiding interest in American jazz, folksong, and hymns, and this new release includes his collection of solos and canons Songs America Loves to Sing (2004) alongside Four Songs of Solitude (1985) for solo violin. The album’s centerpiece is the world premiere recording of Harbison’s String Trio (2013) - the first he has ever composed - commissioned and performed by members of Camerata Pacifica under the leadership of Adrian Spence.
When director Adrian Spence decided to commission a string trio to celebrate Camerata Pacifica’s 25th anniversary, he felt that John Harbison’s “keen sense of form and structure would provide the work I sought and indeed that turned out to be the case. I'm exceptionally pleased with the work we received. It's a piece that bears, and rewards, repeated listening — as one gets to know the piece better, one hears more and more in the writing.”
In his program notes for the new release, Harbison writes that he first attempted a string trio at age fifteen and decided it was too difficult. “In the meantime I have performed string trios by Beethoven and Mozart, and studied others. I have no reason to believe the medium has gotten easier, but my music has become somewhat simpler and has fewer notes, which I imagine to be an advantage."
Tune in to KUSC this week to hear more from John Harbison, on the air as Jim Svejda's guest.
Celebrate with the “innovative and intrepid” (Daily Telegraph) Camerata Pacifica as they launch their 25th Anniversary Season with world premiere performances of Harbison’s String Trio in Southern California September 11-16th! For a limited time, LIKE them on FACEBOOK and you'll be eligible to win free tickets to one of these concerts.