On view in the Dean’s Office: Music Faculty Albums

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Visit the Dean’s Office this summer to see albums and compositions recently released from faculty in the Butler School of Music. Works on display include:

...and Kristin Wolfe Jensen: UT Bassoons in Collaboration

Kristin Wolfe Jensen

About the album

"...and Kristin Wolfe Jensen: UT Bassoons in Collaboration," released in 2015 on the Longhorn Music label, features Professor Jensen collaborating with former members of her bassoon studio on duets and trios. Several of the pieces presented were arranged by Jensen and Nathan Koch (M.M. 2009, D.M.A., 2011). The repertoire ranges from Mozart opera duets, to contemporary compositions by Sean Craypo (B.M. 2009). 

About Kristin Wolfe Jensen

“...She has simply turned in the finest-played bassoon recital I have ever heard,” said the American Record Guide about Kristin Wolfe Jensen’s CD, Shadings.

Jensen is Professor of Bassoon at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, and is also on the faculty of the International Festival Institute at Round Top, Principal Bassoonist with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Founding Director of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and creator of Music and the Bassoon, MusicandtheBassoon.org.

In addition to Shadings, she has a number of other critically acclaimed solo and chamber music recordings, including Parables and Reflections, Bassoon Music of Virko Baley, and ...and Kristin Wolfe Jensen: UT Bassoons in Collaboration.

An esteemed pedagogue, she has given guest recitals and master classes at many major American music schools, as well as in South America and Europe, and her former UT students hold major orchestral and university faculty positions.

Edward Burlingame Hill, Symphony No. 4

Anton Nel with the Austin Symphony Orchestra

About the Album

The classical music world is still finding hidden treasures within its musical vaults. Edward Burlingame Hill was a professor at Harvard from 1908 to 1940 and taught some of the greats such as Leonard Bernstein, Roger Sessions, Elliott Carter, Walter Piston and Virgil Thomson. Retired University of Texas music librarian Karl Miller found a diamond in the rough that was left undiscovered for over 70 years in the Harvard Music Library! Miller, a champion of neglected composers, brought the works of Hill to the attention of Austin Symphony Orchestra Music Director Peter Bay some years ago. Bay, also a champion of new as well as neglected music, thought it would be meaningful to record these pieces to showcase this great American composer’s work that had been forgotten. Edward Burlingame Hill’s music takes a little from the Impressionist composers, the Gershwin era and the Romantic period and blends them into attractive tonal sounds. World-renowned pianist Anton Nel as soloist on three of the works on the recording.

About Anton Nel

Anton Nel, winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition continues to tour internationally as recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher.

Highlights in America include concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, and Detroit Symphonies to name a few, as well as coast to coast recitals in major venues. Overseas he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and recently toured China for the first time.

Additionally, he has performed at summer music festivals on four continents. He holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Austin where is also the head of the Division of Keyboard Studies. During the summers he is on the artist-faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. His website is antonnel.com.

Balancing Acts

Russell Pinkston

About the album

On his Ravello Records release Balancing Acts, composer and sound designer Russell Pinkston showcases a selection of his compositions for acoustic instruments and electronic sounds. Most of these pieces combine the two, capitalizing on the absolute precision and unlimited sonic potential of electronic media, while still taking advantage of the spontaneity and expressivity of live performance. Several works feature interactive software written by the composer, which tracks a live performer and generates an electronic accompaniment in real time.

About Russell Pinkston

Russell Pinkston, Professor of Composition, Director, Electronic Music Studios, holds a B.A. in music composition from Dartmouth College and an M.A. and D.M.A. from Columbia University. He has written music in a wide variety of different media, ranging from concert works and sacred anthems to computer generated tape pieces and live electronic music for dance. His compositions have been played throughout Europe, South America and the United States, including recent performances by such noted ensembles as the Smith Quartet (London), the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, and the Danish Royal Ballet Company.

Pinkston has received numerous awards for his compositions, including two prizes from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a senior Fulbright Fellowship in Composition and Computer Music to Brazil. Dr. Pinkston is also active in computer music research. His work in the area of real-time performance interfaces for modern dance has recently attracted international attention, leading to interviews on BBC radio and NPR, as well as a feature article in New Scientist magazine. Dr. Pinkston's music is recorded on Boston Skyline, Centaur, Finnadar, Folkways, and Summit Records and published by Galaxy Music, E. C. Schirmer, and Columbia University Press.

Sonatina

Celil Refik Kaya

About Sonatina

This is Celil Refik Kaya’s first sonatina for guitar in D major which he started writing in New York in 2012 and finished in Austin in 2014. The work has three contrasting movements; slow-fast-slow. Although Kaya’s have been writing in many different styles, his general approach to the music composition is in Neo Romantic sense. The general character of the piece is very romantic and dreamy. First and last movement were written in D major alternating with the modality. Second movement is in B minor and has dark character along with the impressionist chord progressions and colors. The work was premiered by his mentor and Butler School of Music Professor Adam Holzman at the Boston Guitar Festival, Houston and New York.  

About Celil Refik Kaya

Since his concert debut at age 6, Kaya has received high promised repetitions and accolades for his myriad accomplishments at an early age, winning First Prize in the 2012 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition with the Buffalo Philharmonic; Top prizewinner of international guitar competitions including Sofia Bulgaria, Naxos Greece, Vienna, Istanbul, and throughout the United States. Kaya appears as a soloist and international artist touring around the United States and Europe. His chamber and instrumental works were performed throughout United States, Turkey, South Korea and Australia Sydney’s Opera House.  He also enjoys chamber music, playing traditional Turkish music and training martial arts during his spare time. Kaya plays a 2012 Garrett Lee guitar and is currently a graduate student in Music Performance.

Transendence

Miró Quartet

About the album

Transcendence is a recording of Franz Schubert’s masterwork String Quartet No. 15 in G major, D. 887. When released in 2015, the album and corresponding documentary were available for free download for one month.

Franz Schubert’s composition was the largest, longest and last string quartet he would write before his death in 1828 at the young age of 31. Known for its sweeping range of sound and groundbreaking depth, the composition expresses a wide range of emotions — from sadness to jubilation. The entire work was never heard by anyone while Schubert was alive, remaining undiscovered until nearly 22 years after his death. Regarded as one of history’s great works for string quartet, the composition transcended the quartet medium and stands as a testament to Schubert’s significant contributions to classical music.

The Transcendence Blu-Ray documentary, which documents the recording of the album, was nominated for two 2015 Northwest Regional Emmy® Awards and won for the Director – Live or Recorded Live category. Directed by John Forsen, the documentary was filmed at Benaroya Hall in Seattle using five cameras to capture a show that is as intimate as the music itself.

About Miró Quartet

Established, innovative and cutting-edge, Miró Quartet breaks the traditional chamber music mold and makes classical music lovers everywhere stop and take notice. Based in Austin, Texas, the quartet formed in 1995 and has served as the quartet-in-residence of the University of Texas at Austin Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music since 2003. Comprised of Daniel Ching (violinist), William Fedkenheuer (violinist), John Largess (violist), and Joshua Gindele (cellist), Miró Quartet performs their deeply musical interpretations on important chamber music series and prestigious concert stages around the world each year. In the 2015-16 season, the quartet is taking its musical destiny to another level with the release of their Transcendence trans-media project, poised to bring classical music to the masses using a variety of modern methods more common in other music genres. Available on a global scale, the works of Miró Quartet can be found on Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and more.

The Shadow of Sirius

UT Wind Ensemble

About the album

Since its international début in 1991, The University of Texas Wind Ensemble has built a reputation for innovative programming. Conducted by Jerry F. Junkin, they perform three highly virtuosic and expressive works conceived to give the listener a surround sound experience in the concert hall, recreated on this recording in stunning 5.1. Steven Bryant's Concerto for Wind Ensemble places three groups of players around the audience while Joel Puckett's Shadow of Sirius envelops the audience with a spatial arrangement of flutists. In the second movement of John Mackey's Kingfishers Catch Fire antiphonal trumpets are staged behind the audience to conjure up this magnificent bird flying triumphantly into the sunlight.

About the UT Wind Ensemble

Conducted by Jerry Junkin, The University of Texas Wind Ensemble has firmly established itself as one of America’s elite wind bands. Active in the area of commissioning new music since 1988, the group has offered world premiere performances of works by composers such as John Corigliano, Michael Daugherty, Donald Grantham, David Maslanka, and Dan Welcher.

Graduates of the Wind Ensemble hold major positions in each of the Washington, D.C.- based military bands and international major symphony orchestras, in addition to those serving as noted educators and conductors throughout the world.

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