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Chamber Music of David Conte


Chamber Music of David Conte

Product Number: CD-21-DC

Composer: Conte, David



Three works for strings by noted composer David Conte are featured on this recording. Professor of Composition and Chair of the Composition Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, David Conte serves on the faculty of the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, the board of the American Composers Forum and as Composer in Residence with Cappella SF as well. A graduate of Bowling Green State University and Cornell, Conte studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, where he was one of her last students. He has composed more than 80 works, including six operas and has received commissions and performances of his music from many noted performing ensembles in the United States. In recent years, he has turned his attention to instrumental music and this recording of three of these represent his longest and most ambitious essays in this form. The performances by distinguished new music performers in San Francisco reveal dramatic and lyrical melodies.

Sonata for Violoncello & Piano
Emil Miland, cello; Miles Graber, piano

String Quartet No. 2
Friction String Quartet

Piano Trio
Kay Stern, violin; Emil Miland, cello; Keisuke Nakagoshi, piano

From the first notes of the Sonata for Cello and Piano, Conte proves himself a master of the singing line... Cellist Emil Miland does a superb job of extracting every ounce of passion from this most passionate work, and is ably supported by pianist Miles Graber... Conte's String Quartet no. 2 must be as rewarding to perform as it is to listen to, and Friction Quartet's rendition is as gratifying to listen to as is the music itself... in the Piano Trio, moments of palpably exciting drama are interposed with those of quiet reflection, containing Conte's trademark exquisite flowing melodic lines... David Conte is a major composer of our era.
-David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare Magazine

This disc presents the composer as a full-fledged American tonal romantic... Cellist Emil Miland's playing is impeccable... Pianist Miles Graber is no less dependable and sympathetic to the work's neo-romantic qualities... The String Quartet no. 2 is an imposing work... The players in Friction Quartet dig into the music's emotionality and deliver a most compelling performance.
-Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare Magazine

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All three works retain Conte's sumptuous, bittersweet, sometimes jazz-inflected harmonies, rich scorings, and direct emotional appeal...Allegros surge forward with lots of energy and excitement; adagios may begin in nocturnal mystery, but soon build to big, dramatic climaxes...Vocal melody remains the dominant impression made by these lush and melodious chamber pieces: operas, so to speak, for instruments.
-Mark Lehman, American Record Guide, January/February 2016

Additional Information

Product Number CD-21-DC
Available Editions Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, 8052
String Quartet No. 2, 8336
Trio, 8214
Composer/Arranger Conte, David
Voicing & Instruments CD Recording

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