Today Navona Records releases four PARMA-produced albums: ARCHITECT, SHIFTING TREKS, VOICES OF EARTH & AIR, and GEURNICA. In addition, Ravello Records released two PARMA-produced albums: THRESHOLDS and MUSIC FROM 3 CONTINENTS. Click “Read more” for info on each release and links to the catalog pages on the label websites.
A protégé of Rogers, Carter, Sessions, Britten, and Finney, Sydney Hodkinson emerged as a highly regarded composer and professional in his own right early on, serving as artist-in-residence, director, and educator across the United States and Canada, including at the Eastman School of Music where he catapulted the renowned Musica Nova into the public spotlight through innovative artistic direction and programming. As a composer, Hodkinson has written over 250 works across the field of classical genres—SHIFTING TREKS, his debut release on Navona Records, features three of his orchestral pieces, selected for their representation of the composer’s dedication to pouring ingenuity, creativity, and originality into contemporary music and his desire to connect with audiences and musicians alike.
The poet has long been considered a vehicle for expressing human thought and emotion through literary device, setting the seemingly indescribable to text, offering direction to the enamored and forlorn alike. The human voice adds a new element to the text, providing an additional level of complexity and expressiveness. Like the texts that provide the source material, the works on VOICES OF EARTH AND AIR—a compilation of choral works from five composers—explore the deepest corners of the human condition, encapsulating the thrill of romantic emotion, the thirst for adventure, the expressive beauty of language, hope despite hardship, and more.
Hailed as “convincing, emotional, passionate and vivid” (The Musical Review) and “destined to enter the ranks of the standard classical repertoire” (New York Times), Fredrick Kaufman resonates with world-wide audiences through impassioned and prolific compositions that go beyond mere interpretation. He thoroughly digests inspiration, internalizing and individualizing his ideas to create moving and impactful works that do more than simply relay a message—Kaufman’s music captures feeling and emotion, reaching the listener with convincing sincerity. GUERNICA, Kaufman’s debut release on Navona Records, features three of his orchestral works: the “Guernica” Piano Concerto, an anti-war piece that both depicts the horrors of war and cries out for peace with haunting melodies and intoxicating rhythms; Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra, “Kaddish,” a work written in memory of the composer’s parents, representing their devotion, intelligence, and complexities; and Seascape, an orchestral work representative of the natural order of existence as illustrated by the dual calmness and turbulence of the sea.
Written in the summer of 2011 for David J. Martins and the Boston University Wind Ensemble, Boston-based composer Ketty Nez’s thresholds is a piano concerto inspired by music of different eras, including the canonic manipulations of Renaissance vocal music, piquant harmonies of Elizabethan virginal composers, Stravinskian reinterpretations of Ba- roque idioms, and occasionally, a huge barrel organ. As a kind of musical actor, the piano soloist theatrically leads the ensemble in abrupt changes of style and character so as to create a fractured world with sonic allusions changing rapidly and repeatedly.
MUSIC FROM 3 CONTINENTS presents the choral works of Bruce Mahin and Graham Hair performed by Scottish Voices, harpists Jacqueline Pollauf and Helen Thompson, and clarinetist Alex South. Representing an international collaboration between artists from around the globe, the works on this album draw from various texts and inspirations, uniting to illustrate the connectedness of music and its influence. Included on MUSIC FROM 3 CONTINENTS are Bruce Mahin’s Time2, three settings of poems by Robert Penn Warren, unified by the nexus of “time passing,” and Whitman Psalms, a piece considering the enormity of God and attempting a hypothetical conversation between man and God; and Graham Hair’s O Venezia, a progressively accumulating song cycle drawing texts from Venetians and visitors, and Songs from the Turkish, a piece exploring the mysticism of Islam.
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