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Joe Brent Plays Nocturnes and Caprices by David Loeb

By Mandolin Cafe
November 9, 2011 - 7:00 am

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Joseph Brent Plays Nocturnes and Caprices by David Loeb

Joseph Brent Plays Nocturnes and Caprices by David Loeb

New from Vienna Modern Masters, Joseph Brent Plays Nocturnes and Caprices by David Loeb presents the mandolin music of renowned composer and educator David Loeb in several new solo and chamber settings by mandolin virtuoso and fellow Mannes faculty member Joseph Brent.

"I met Joseph Brent shortly after he joined the faculty at Mannes College of Music, where I have taught since 1964," Mr Loeb writes. "His interests and experience with a wide variety of music made him very receptive to our working together. After he premiered my Caprices, we discussed recording them and possibly other pieces. He suggested a set of duos with fellow members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, and gradually our plans grew into an entire album."

The two books of Caprices are collections of short pieces in highly varied moods and textures which sometimes present technical challenges and sometimes expressive challenges. While far from displaying all the resources of the mandolin, they do feature many of its capabilities, especially its contrapuntal possibilities.

The three Nocturnes (for mandolin/violin, mandolin/guitar, and mandolin/bass clarinet), despite their different instrumentation, comprise a cycle. Each piece derives its character from several works of an artist who frequently depicted night and twilight scenes. Perhaps because of a palette restricted by the need to communicate darkness, these scenes often have a very dramatic character.

Selections:
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book II 1. Allegro non troppo
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book II 2. Lento ma non troppo
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book II 3. Giocoso
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book II 4. Andante con moto
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book II 5. Allegro
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book II 6. Andante-Comodo
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book II 7. Deciso
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book II 8. Lento e calmo
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book II 9. Allegretto
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book II 10. Calmo
Nocturne for Violin and Mandolin
Nocturne for Guitar and Mandolin
Nocturne for Bass Clarinet and Mandolin
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book I 1. Lento
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book I 2. Allegro assai
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book I 3. Grazioso
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book I 4. Moderato
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book I 5.
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book I 6. Lento
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book I 7. Grave
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book I 8. Poco scherzando
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book I 9. Calmo
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book I 10. Presto
Caprices for Solo Mandolin Book I 11. Moderato

Listen: Nocturne for Violin and Mandolin from the recording.

About Joe Brent:

Hailed internationally for his virtuosity and and fluency across several genres, Joseph Brent has been instrumental in bringing the mandolin into the 21st century.

As a classical musician, he has given solo recitals and workshops across Europe, Asia, and North and South America, while maintaining an active career as a symphonic and chamber musician. Simultaneously, his performances with The Joe Brent Quartet and pop singer/songwriter Regina Spektor have earned him worldwide acclaim as an improvisational and rock musician of unparalleled versatility.

Mr. Brent is currently on faculty at Mannes College The New School For Music in New York City, the first and only mandolinist on faculty at a major American conservatory.

Additional information:
Purchase: From artist's Band Camp web site
Joseph Brent on Facebook

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