Americans in Rome: Music by Fellows of the American Academy in Rome


This four disc collection contains works by thirty-seven composers who were all in residence at the American Academy in Rome. The earliest work dates from 1920, the most recent from 2003. Composers include the well known: Samuel Barber, Elliott Carter, and Roger Sessions; the largely forgotten: Charles Naginski, Alexander Lang Steinert, Walter Helfer; and many of today’s most active voices: Robert Beaser, David Rakowski, Aaron Jay Kernis, Paul Moravec, Stephen Hartke, and David Lang. Curated by Donald Berman, the disc features performances by many of today’s leading performers of contemporary music, including Richard Stoltzman, Yehudi Wyner, Susan Narucki, Tony Arnold, Fred Sherry, Daniel Druckman, Curtis Macomber, Trio Solisti, Ida Kavafian, Scott Yoo, Steven Tenenbom, Peter Wiley, Anne-Marie McDermott, Hila Plitman, Chris Pedro Trakas, and Jeffrey Milarsky.


Vocal Music

Robert Beaser: Four Dickinson Songs (2002)

Hila Plitman, soprano; Donald Berman, piano

Samuel Barber: In the Dark Pinewood (1937), Beggar's Song (1936), Of That So Sweet Imprisonment (1935), Sleep Now (1936)

Randall Thomson: Siciliano (1978)

Ezra Laderman: Songs from Michelangelo No. 1 (1967)

Derek Bermel:Spider Love (1999)

Jack Beeson: Prescription for Living, 1978

Charles Naginski: Look Down, Fair Moon (1940)

Leo Sowerby: The Forest of the Dead Trees (1920)

David Rakowski: For Wittgenstein (1996)

Vittorio Giannini: There Were Two Swans (1943)

Scott Lindroth: The Dolphins (1995)

Susan Narucki, soprano; Chris Pedro Trakas, baritone

Donald Berman, piano

Roger Sessions: Two Tableaux and Malinche's Aria from Montezuma(1964)

Arr. By Richard Aldag, Susan Narucki, soprano

Chamber Ensemble, Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor

Elliott Carter: Warble for Lilac Time (1943/1979),
Voyage (1943/1979)

Tony Arnold, soprano

Colorado College Summer Music Festival Orchestra

Scott Yoo, conductor


Music for Strings and Piano

Aaron Jay Kernis: Mozart en Route (1991)

Ida Kavafian, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola

Peter Wiley, cello

Paul Moravec: Passacaglia (2003)

Trio Solisti: Maria Bachmann, violin

Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Jon Klibonoff, piano

Arthur Levering: Tesserae (2000)

Jonathan Bagg, viola; Donald Berman, piano

John Anthony Lennon: Sirens (1992)

Trio Solisti

Alexander Lang Steinert: Violin Sonata (1929)

Sunghae Anna Lim, violin; Donald Berman, piano

Martin Bresnick: Three Intermezzi (1971)

Ole Akahoshi, cello

Stephen Hartke: Beyond Words (2002)

Opus One Piano Quartet: Ida Kavafian, vln.

Steven Tenenbom, viola; Peter Wiley, cello

Anne-Marie McDermott, piano


Music for Piano Solo

Lukas Foss: Fantasy Rondo (1944)

Kamran Ince: My Friend Mozart (1987)

George Rochberg: Bagatelles (1952)

Walter Helfer: Nocturne (1927)

Tamar Diesendruck: Sound Reasoning in the Tower of Babel (1990)

Hunter Johnson: Piano Sonata (1936)

Mark Wingate: Sombras (1995)

Billy Jim Layton: Three Studies for Piano, Op. 5 (1957)

Loren Rush: Oh, Susanna (1970)

Donald Berman, piano


Music for Winds and Piano

Yehudi Wyner: Commedia (2002)

Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Yehudi Wyner, piano

David Lang: Vent (1990)

Patti Monson, flute; Donald Berman, piano

Andrew Imbrie: Dandelion Wine (1967)

Collage Music Ensemble, David Hoose, conductor

Lee Hyla: Pre-Amnesia (1979),
Mythic Birds of Saugerties (1985)

Tim Smith, Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet

Bun-Ching Lam: (solo) = (duo) (1977)

Patti Monson, flute

James Mobberley: Beams (1986)

John Leisenring, trombone, with tape

Howard Hanson: Pastorale for Oboe and Piano (1949)

Laura Ahlbeck, oboe; Donald Berman, piano

Harold Shapero: Six for Five Wind Quintet (1995)

The Curiously Strong Wind Quintet