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2020 Visions

Fischer Duo

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The cello-and-piano Fischer Duo was formed in 1971 and marked its 50th year of performing in 2020. The title 2020 Visions makes the album sound like a COVID-19 release, and indeed several of the pieces, most prominently Michael Cohen's A Song for Silenced Voices, might serve as memorials, but primarily, the album is a celebration of the duo's work. The Fischer Duo has been known for combining traditional cello-and-piano repertory with a certain type of modern composition, rigorously original yet accessible. Here, the duo leans toward the latter with an all-contemporary program. Three multi-movement works by William Bolcom, Robert Sirota, and Theo Chandler were newly commissioned from well-established composers, giving the album the feel of a kind of musical Festschrift. Sirota's Family Portraits, with four movements presumably depicting the four children of cellist Norman Fischer and pianist Jeanne Kierman, reinforces this idea, yet the significance of the album, juxtaposing the music of the three well-known composers with that of up-and-comers, is broader. Sample no further than the final Corona Blue by Preston Stahly for confirmation that chamber music on traditional instruments is a genre that's alive and well. A worthwhile release celebrating the career of a duo that has touched many musical lives.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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Cello Sonata No. 2 (William Bolcom)

1
I. Introduction - Allegro
00:07:29

William Bolcom, Composer - Fischer Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist

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2
II. Andante mosso
00:03:24

William Bolcom, Composer - Fischer Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Navona (P) 2022 Navona

3
III. Scherzo non giocoso
00:03:48

William Bolcom, Composer - Fischer Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Navona (P) 2022 Navona

4
IV. Waltz - Variations
00:05:50

William Bolcom, Composer - Fischer Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Navona (P) 2022 Navona

A Song for Silenced Voices (Michael Cohen)

5
A Song for Silenced Voices
00:09:05

Michael Cohen, Composer - Fischer Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Navona (P) 2022 Navona

Family Portraits (Robert Sirota)

6
I. Norman
00:03:17

Fischer Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist - Robert Sirota, Composer

(C) 2022 Navona (P) 2022 Navona

7
II. Jeanne
00:04:02

Fischer Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist - Robert Sirota, Composer

(C) 2022 Navona (P) 2022 Navona

8
III. Becca
00:02:52

Fischer Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist - Robert Sirota, Composer

(C) 2022 Navona (P) 2022 Navona

9
IV. Abby
00:03:59

Fischer Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist - Robert Sirota, Composer

(C) 2022 Navona (P) 2022 Navona

On Ear and Ear... (Version for Cello & Piano) (Hilary Tann)

10
On Ear and Ear... (Version for Cello & Piano)
00:08:53

Hilary Tann, Composer - Fischer Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2022 Navona (P) 2022 Navona

Studies in Change (Theo Chandler)

11
I. From Darkness to Light, Four Times
00:04:40

Fischer Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist - Theo Chandler, Composer

(C) 2022 Navona (P) 2022 Navona

12
II. From Entropy to Dance and Back Again
00:05:05

Fischer Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist - Theo Chandler, Composer

(C) 2022 Navona (P) 2022 Navona

13
III. From Machine to Song
00:05:21

Fischer Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist - Theo Chandler, Composer

(C) 2022 Navona (P) 2022 Navona

Corona Blue (Preston Stahly)

14
Corona Blue
00:03:55

Fischer Duo, Ensemble, MainArtist - Preston Stahly, Composer

(C) 2022 Navona (P) 2022 Navona

Album Description

The cello-and-piano Fischer Duo was formed in 1971 and marked its 50th year of performing in 2020. The title 2020 Visions makes the album sound like a COVID-19 release, and indeed several of the pieces, most prominently Michael Cohen's A Song for Silenced Voices, might serve as memorials, but primarily, the album is a celebration of the duo's work. The Fischer Duo has been known for combining traditional cello-and-piano repertory with a certain type of modern composition, rigorously original yet accessible. Here, the duo leans toward the latter with an all-contemporary program. Three multi-movement works by William Bolcom, Robert Sirota, and Theo Chandler were newly commissioned from well-established composers, giving the album the feel of a kind of musical Festschrift. Sirota's Family Portraits, with four movements presumably depicting the four children of cellist Norman Fischer and pianist Jeanne Kierman, reinforces this idea, yet the significance of the album, juxtaposing the music of the three well-known composers with that of up-and-comers, is broader. Sample no further than the final Corona Blue by Preston Stahly for confirmation that chamber music on traditional instruments is a genre that's alive and well. A worthwhile release celebrating the career of a duo that has touched many musical lives.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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