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SS Smith: 'A River Rose: Music for Violin'

Magazine article Gramophone

SS Smith: 'A River Rose: Music for Violin'

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SS Smith

'A River Rose: Music for Violin'

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New World [F] NW80754-2 (62' * DDD)

The American composer Stuart Saunders Smith is unafraid to reflect aspects of his life in his music. Each of the works on 'A River Rose: Music for Violin' depicts a person, location or atmosphere he has transformed into sound. Smith's music manages to strike a winning balance between the highly experimental and the deeply expressive. In the six works on this disc, each score or movement has a title that points the listener in some precise direction, though the results are suffused with piquant and vivid surprises. The solo violinist not only plays in four of the pieces but also sings and occasionally hums. …

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