Elliott Schwartz: Tapestry

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Elliott Schwartz: Tapestry

Elliott Schwartz died very recently. He was a highly respected and inspired composer from New England; here are four major chamber works which demonstrate his individuality and highly approachable and enjoyable style, all brilliantly performed. “Tapestry” and “Memorial” were recorded live at the Library of Congress, Washington DC.

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What The Critics Are Saying…

British composer Rob Keeley, born in 1960, creates chamber music with unusual casts. Several examples of his particular music form an enjoyable program on this disc. The performances are persuasive and well recorded.(Awarded four ‘stars’)

” —Uwe Krusch, Pizzicato (Luxembourg)

All [Schwaabe’s] talent is affirmed here in a demanding and daring programme and which brings many new discoveries. Truly a celebration of the piccolo, pushed to its virtuoso limits and beautifully served up.

” —Pascal Gresset, Tempo Flute (France)

All of the [works] try to shine the best light on their perspective of this instrument: dance-like, accomplished, light and nimble, “above” it all, lively, humorous, tomboyish, versatile, sensitive and extreme – an instrument with significant scope for more potential. The fact that Natalie Schwaabe, and also Jan Philip Schulze, have mastered all aspects of their craft and at all levels, is already clear after only a few bars of the nearly 70-minute long album. The piccolo can feel proud and honoured to be the focus of such artists.

” —Claudia Wälder-Jene, Flöte Aktuell

The playing is superb; even a non-pianist can tell that in places Wright is playing at world-class levels. If it has a drawback (and it’s hard to really be critical on something this good), it’s that the styles range considerably, from the gentle and calming to the highly ornate, fiendishly complex. On the other hand, and this is a big plus, if you’re not too keen on opera, you get all the best bits.

” —Jeremy Condliffe, The Chronicle

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