Paul Schoenfeld’s dance-inspired Four Souvenirs opens the Chandos album From Brighton to Brooklyn
(CHAN 20248). It is a perfect choice to bring the listener into a world of salon pieces comfortably inhabited and brilliantly played by violinist Elena Urioste and pianist Tom Poster (www.elenaurioste.com and http://www.tomposter.co.uk)
Elena Urioste and pianist-composer Tom Poster in their The Juke Box Album demonstrated their flawlessly idiomatic handling of all kinds of music. Now, in the Chandos album From Brighton to Brooklyn they travel musically from the Edwardian England of Frank Bridge, whose delicacy gives Elena Urioste’s singing violin the opportunity to enchant in Romanze, Cradle Song, and the album closing Heart’s Ease, to the America of Florence Price’s playful Elfentanz.
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s large-scale and longer in duration Ballade in C minor, Op. 73 is nicely integrated into the album. Its Afro-English composer had a life filled with vicissitude that ended at age 37 when he notwithstanding his prolific output was nearly destitute. It is given a nobly impassioned performance by Elena Urioste and Tom Poster.
Adding one source of musical enjoyment to another and yet another, From Brighton to Brooklyn includes England’s Benjamin Britten’s Three Pieces from Suite, Op. 6 and America’s Amy Beach’s Three Compositions, Op. 40, and Aaron Copland’s Two Pieces.
From Brighton to Brooklyn offers a lineup of mostly small-scale compositions played with lots of heart and elegance by two superbly gifted artists that provide unpretentious entertainment and artistic delight.
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