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Robert Kyr - Violin Concerto Trilogy (2005)
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Robert Kyr - Violin Concerto Trilogy (2005)
Contemporary Classical | New Albion | 2005 | 68:34 | EAC (FLAC, cue, no log) | Front cover | 326 MB
Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Ron Blessinger, violin, Denise Huizenga, violin, Pacific Rim Gamelan

Luminous and sometimes ecstatic in effect, music of Robert Kyr (b. 1952) is basically tonal, and often harmonically and rhythmically complex, its sophistication deriving from its synthesis of both modern and ancient modes, and both Western and Asian musical tradition.

Robert Kyr is as committed a modernist as any composer on the scene, but his music is remarkably accessible and enjoyable on first hearing. He isn't, to my ears, on what another reviewer has called a "spiritual" journey in music. He's not another Arvo Part, though like Part he has drawn inspiration from 'early music' and often collaborates with 'early music' ensembles. Kyr is above all a Humanist, emotionally committed to the transcendence of cultural boundaries - acoustical boundaries, in the application - and the 'harmonization' of humanity in a world of peace.

This Trilogy of violin concertos might well have been called a Triptych, analogous to a medieval painting of the three states of history. The first concerto - On the Nature of Love - is constructed on variations of the hymn tune 'What Wond'rous Love is This' and thus on archaic-sounding chords of fourths and fifths, Kyr declares in his notes that "the focus is on human love and the variations are grouped into four arcs of music that correspond to four phases of a relationship." Not about divine Love, in short, despite the text of its hymnal theme! The fourth arc, in Kyr's notes,is identified as "Celebrating" and, believe me, the music is celebratory! Exuberant! A joy to listen to! This concerto is composed well within the stylistic expectations of audiences that enjoy 19th Century classical performances.

The second concerto - On the Nature of Harmony - is composed for what Kyr calls a "world orchestra," a combination of Euro-American instruments and an Indonesian gamelan ensemble. Quite literally, this is a study of the nature of harmony in its musical meaning, since the two groups of instruments operate on seemingly incompatible systems of tuning. There's a deep and challenging intellectualism at the core of such a work, but to the listeners' ears it's a shimmering soundscape, a work of colorful up-tempo beauty, another joy to listen to, radically more modernist than the first concerto and yet seeming to sustain its development with thematic and structural continuity.

The third concerto - On the Nature of Peace - flows emotionally and harmonically from the momentum of the first and second. It's by far the most rigorously modernist, releasing a torrent of sound not bounded by tonality or traditional rhythmic patterns. In the first movement, for instance, the solo violin, the percussionists, and the orchestra are 'uncoupled' in tempo, resulting in an 'aleatoric' music - a music in which chance relationships of sound occur. In a sense, Kyr has recapitulated the history of European music in his triptych, from harmonized monophony to polyphony to aleatory. No question, this third concerto is the most dramatic and at times chaotic soundscape of the Trilogy, but coming as it does out of the easier previous soundscapes, it WILL make musical sense to most listeners. And it will have emotional impact.

These are violin concertos - pieces demanding virtuosic solo musicianship in the orchestral context. They are inherently display pieces for violinist Ron Blessinger, who performs them blessedly well. The violin is above all the unifier of the three distinct musical structures, not only because it sings the same language of running and jumping figures of impassioned melody throughout, but also because it seems to play the role of detached observer. Blessinger's fiddle is a restless traveler through the three 'natures' of human transcendence.

-- Amazon.com review

Robert Kyr's other album Unseen Rain was offered here at Avax last year.

Track List:

Violin Concerto No. 1—On the Nature of Love (1996)
1. I. Attraction 8:52
2. II. Courtship 5:50
3. III. Uniting;
IV. Celebrating 8:34

Violin Concerto No. 2—On the Nature of Harmony (1998)
4. I. Chaconne Variations/Double Variations 8:45
5. II. Canonic Variations 9:29
6. III. Dance Variations 5:47

Violin Concerto No. 3—On the Nature of Peace (2002)
4. I. Conflict 5:01
5. II. Elegy Variations 9:43
6. III. Reconciliation 6:31

Total: 68:34

Read more about the CD here.
Read more about Robert Kyr here.

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Posted By: gsuser Date: 20 Nov 2021 12:39:18
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Posted By: Blue61 Date: 21 Nov 2021 03:06:55
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