CD Released of Piano Quartet Penned by LIU Post Dean Noel Zahler
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
“Songs for Mahler in the Absence of Words,” a piano quartet written by Dr. Noel Zahler, dean of LIU Post’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, was recently released on CD.
The work, which was commissioned last year by the New York Chamber Festival and premiered at its annual festival last year, is performed by the New York Piano Quartet – all of whom are members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The CD recording has been released by UrlichtAudioVisual (UAV).
The CD includes a piano quartet by Mahler and a number of works related to him. Three distinctly different realizations of Mahler’s sketches are featured — a completion in the grand romantic style by Enguerrand-Friedrich Luhl; an angular, almost expressionist movement by Soviet master Alfred Schnittke; and Gernot Wolfgang’s jazz-infused From Vienna With Love.
In addition to Dr. Zahler’s quartet, five other works commissioned for the concert, reflecting divergent styles, have been recorded.
The festival program in 2011, performed and recorded at Lawrenceville School Chapel in Lawrenceville NJ, was dedicated to the Austrian composer in honor of the centenary of his death. CD producer Gene Gaudette praised the New York Piano Quartet’s performance that day as possessing an urgency “that has eluded every other performance and recording of this work that I have heard.”
Prior to accepting his position at LIU Post in 2011, Dr. Zahler was a professor of music composition and head of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University, and prior to that director and professor of music of the University of Minnesota. He has also served as the Sylvia Pasternak Marx Professor of Music at Connecticut College and is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including a National Endowment for the Arts Consortium Commission, a Fulbright/Hayes Fellowship to Italy, two MacDowell Colony Fellowships and an Aaron Copland Foundation Grant.
A fellow of the Associated Kyoto Program, Dr. Zahler also received the Italian National Research Council Award and a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarship.
His compositions include a wide range of vocal and instrumental works, as well as electroacoustic, interactive and multi-media works. Several internationally acclaimed ensembles have performed Dr. Zahler’s compositions, including the American Composers Orchestra, The Manhattan Sinfonietta, The Arden Trio, The Charleston String Quartet, the Meridian String Quartet, the League of Composers/ISCM, and the University of Iowa Center for New Music.
UrlichtAudioVisual (http://www.urlicht-av.com/), a classical label based in New York City, focuses on unique artists, both standard and underrepresented classical repertoire, inventive approaches to standard repertoire, and works that have never before been recorded. The recording is now available for download as a CD-Quality FLAC or MP3.
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