Five Aphorisms, op. 150 (1991)
Janet Packer, violin
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Composed in 1991 for Janet Packer, Five Aphorisms for Violin and Piano, op. 150, is a late masterwork by Gardner Read (1913-2005), who enjoyed a prolific career as composer, conductor, teacher and author. Listeners are fascinated by the relationship between each aphorism (spanning the first century BC to the twentieth) and the emotional power, coloristic effects, and expressive content of the music.
"The moods change from the opening frenzy to the mystic rapture of the starry night. It is a beguiling and imaginative composition that shows off the violinist's technique and sensitivity. Any audience would certainly delight in this work."
"These pieces display a touching expressive authenticity... and the performances by violinist Janet Packer and pianist Howard Karp do them justice."
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