Harold Meltzer: Songs and Structures
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$ 14.99

GRAMMY NOMINEE: Best Classical Compendium

NY Times: The 25 Best Classical Tracks of 2018

Voix des Arts: Best of Year

New Music Buff: My 2018 in the Arts

Harold Meltzer's new recording presents recent vocal and chamber works, and features Metropolitan Opera tenor, Paul Appleby, who is also the recording's annotator.  Appleby writes: "(Meltzer's) literary imagination and text-setting skills are sophisticated and technically accomplished. More than illuminating discrete words or phrases within a text, Meltzer possesses the Schubertian quality of casting his distinct reading of a whole text in concise, colorful and precisely articulated harmony."

Reviews:

Listen to the next-to-last track on this recording of recent works by Mr. Meltzer and see if you don’t want to hear the entire album. It’s from his “Kreisleriana,” brilliantly crafted yet elusive music that seems at once playful, dangerous, waltzing and jumpy.” Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

Harold Meltzer has successfully found logical unifying forces for his music. Thus the title of this newly released recording, another triumph for Meltzer, which features two major song cycles, both written for tenor Paul Appleby, and two instrumental works, one inspired by architecture and one incorporating structural elements of an earlier musical masterwork....” - Opera News Critics Choice

"The music of American composer Harold Meltzer boasts a winning transparency, one that lays bare the essential solidity of his creations while overlaying it with a vein of elegant charm.” - DATEBOOK

When all is said and done this program gives us the kind of pleasure that comes from immersion in a very musically situated depth and meticulous brilliance. I recommend this highly for you who want to keep current with what is new and very worthy. Bravo!” - Gapplegate

Meltzer has a gift for clarity, invention, and fresh beauty. I continue to anticipate whatever next comes from his ear and pen. - Robert Carl, Fanfare Magazine


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