ZUCKERMAN: MUSIC FOR STRINGS
MARK ZUCKERMAN, supervisor
Miranda Cuckson & Annaliesa Place, Violins
Stephanie Griffin, Viola
Joanne Lin, Violoncello
Joel Eric Suben, Conductor
World Premiere Recordings
REVIEWS"Zuckerman's works are...highly accessible; coupled with the detailed program notes, listeners are carefully guided through some very enjoyable musical metaphors. The Elegy for Victims of Terrorism, heard on this CD in both its string quartet and string orchestra versions, is quite moving and makes the album worthwhile on its own... Sound quality is appealing...and the ensembles are successful in guiding listeners through some of the more minimalistic components of the compositions."
All Music Guide - June 2007
"Shir Kinah: Elegy for the Victims of Terrorism …is a touching elegy that works equally well in this and its string quartet version. The Momenta Quartet… play marvellously and idiomatically throughout."
MusicWeb International - June 2007
PROGRAM NOTESMark Zuckerman holds a Ph.D. in composition from Princeton University, and was a student of Milton Babbitt, David Epstein, J. K. Randall and Elie Yarden. He has taught composition, tonal and atonal theory, orchestration and computer music at Princeton and Columbia Universities, and published numerous scholarly articles and a book on listening to jazz, drawn from a popular jazz survey course he taught at Princeton and Columbia. Mr. Zuckerman also played saxophone in stage bands, clarinet, sax and keyboards in rock bands, washtub bass in bluegrass and jug bands, and has sung in several Yiddish choirs including Di Goldene Keyt, The Yiddish Chorale, which he founded and for which he was Composer-In-Residence.
Zuckerman’s music is published by Carl Fischer, Ludwig Music, E. C. Schirmer, Transcontinental Music, Mobart, the APNM and ACA. His catalog includes an extensive collection of choral music – achieving a growing international reputation – in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish (available on "Because," MSR Classics MS1146), with some 20 arrangements of Yiddish songs for a cappella mixed chorus, released as "The Year in Yiddish Song" on Centaur. He has also written instrumental music for virtuoso soloists – as exemplified by pieces recorded by flutist James Winn for CRI and pianist Peter Vinograde for Phoenix USA – as well as numerous chamber ensembles, string orchestra, full orchestra, concert band, and wind ensemble, including music recorded by the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble for Mark Masters. His chamber opera, "The Outlaw and the King," was developed in the Opera Workshop at Rutgers University.
Mark Zuckerman received a 2004 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
In addition to a residency at Temple University, the Momenta Quartet (Miranda Cuckson and Annaliesa Place, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Joanne Lin, cello) has quickly gained a following in New York City after its debut concert at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture in November 2004. Since then, the quartet has been featured in faculty concerts and special programs at a variety of conservatories and colleges. Deeply committed to collaborations with the next generation of composers, the quartet has already given at least fifteen premieres in its first two years of existence.
Joel Eric Suben has led first performances and commercial recordings of more than 450 works by American and European composers, among them Pulitzer Prize winners Roger Sessions and Leslie Bassett. A frequent guest conductor of major Central European orchestras, Suben records more than ten hours of symphonic music and opera each season. His work is represented on some 50 commercially released CDs on the Albany, Centaur, Capstone, CRI, Naxos/Marco Polo, New World, Opus One, Parnassus, and Soundspells International labels. Suben’s activities as a composer encompass some 60 published works.
PROGRAMMARK ZUCKERMAN (b.1948)
INTRODUCTION AND FUGUE
SHIR KINAH - Elegy for Victims of Terrorism
OUT OF THE WILDERNESS