Sunday, October 18, 2015

Music by James Niblock - Il Penseroso e Allegro - Terzina - Medieval Suite - Trio in B-flat, K.358 (Mozart, transcribed by Niblock) - Palindrome - Paganiana - MSU Fight Song - The Verdehr Trio, "The Making of a Medium Vol. 7" - Crystal Records 1998

I am a bad son. Right now I am "visiting" my parents and of course I could not help myself and currently I am going through a couple boxes of discs (or rather I was). I have much stored in their house and well the pull to browse through recordings I don't even remember off-hand is too strong!
So quickly here's a disc of music by the American composer James Niblock (born in Scappoose, Oregon, on November 1st, 1917). This is charming, enjoyable music indeed! The Verdehr Trio are exceptional players, and their " The Making of a Medium" series on Crystal is imo no less exceptional. I have already posted Volume 1 quite a while back, a recording that features Hovhaness's  "Lake Samish" for Violin, Clarinet and Piano. 

James Niblock's musical background includes violin study with Franck Eichenlaub of Portland, Oregon and Jascha Brodsky of Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia. After serving in the US Air Force (1942-46), he began his graduate work at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs  where he studied violin with Josef  Gingold and music composition with Roy Harris and Paul Hindemith.  (more info another time..)

Walter Verdehr, Violin - Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Clarinet - Gary Kirkpatrick, Piano

Track listing:

1)Il Penseroso e Allegro (5:28)


2)Presto (4:15)
3)Adagio (5:56)
4)Allegro (3:36)

Medieval Suite

5)Allegro (2:13)
6)Adagio (3:58)
7)Andante (3:35)
8)Adagio; Allegro molto (2:57)

Trio in B-flat, K.358 by W.A. Mozart (transcribed by Niblock)

9)Allegro (4:25)
10)Adagio (5:23)
11)Molto Presto (2:34)

12)Palindrome (4:07)

13)Paganiana (4:56)

14)MSU Fight Song (1:55)



Toon van Dijk said...

Many thanks and regards from The Netherlands.
Veel dank en groeten uit Nederland.

Tzadik said...

You are welcome Toon :-)


Johannes R. Becher said...

Very surprising. It does not break new grounds, neither needs to do so; it's just as fine chamber music as it gets.


Tzadik said...

Hello Johannes

Your observation is spot-on and perfectly said. I also think that if I photoshopped the cover (no I don't think a girl in a bikini wrapped around the aged composer would work..) or changed it to be redolent of any Naxos album art (whether a photo of a field w. a solitary tree or any random uninspired yet pleasant enough painting) I'm sure this post would get more views. Then again I haven't bothered checking! I know if I saw it on another blog, full of other offerings, I might just skip it myself..

It's charming, and there's not a single note that is excessive or unwelcome. Happy you enjoyed it.