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Hickey: Left at the Fork in the Road
Sung Jin Hong, Alden Banta, David Gould
Hickey: Left at the Fork in the Road
Genres: Pop, Classical
 
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Sean Hickey?s CV includes an impressive array of commissions and performances, due no doubt to the combination of adventurousness and accessibility that we find on this disc of nine short works. The longest, at just over 1...  more »

     

CD Details

All Artists: Sung Jin Hong, Alden Banta, David Gould, Scott Gerhardt, New Prospect Chamber Players, Margaret Lancaster, Stefán Höskuldsson, Oren Fader, Eleonor Bindman, Elizaveta Kopelman
Title: Hickey: Left at the Fork in the Road
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Label: Naxos American
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 11/15/2005
Genres: Pop, Classical
Styles: Vocal Pop, Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 636943927922

Synopsis

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Sean Hickey?s CV includes an impressive array of commissions and performances, due no doubt to the combination of adventurousness and accessibility that we find on this disc of nine short works. The longest, at just over 13 minutes is his Flute Sonata, whose three movements boast a nice combination of attractive melody, energetic, complex rhythms, and in the middle movement, a lively perkiness. Five other short pieces for various combinations of instruments, exhibit similar qualities. They include the aptly named Fluff for solo flute, the flute-clarinet duet Pair of Pants (Hickey has a penchant for oddball titles), and a piece for bassoon and piano, Granfaloon, that goes against typecasting by stressing the agility and lyricism the of which the instrument is capable. The immediacy and brevity of the short works on this disc seem to demand radio airplay. Included in the mix are two vocal pieces, a somber To the Wars, a setting of a 17th-century poem for soprano, and Sagesse, sung to an English translation of a Verlaine poem, for soprano and tenor with a chamber orchestra that plays a prominent role. The instrumental performances throughout are excellent, the singing less so. -- Dan Davis

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CD Reviews

A Stellar Debut From An Up-and-Coming Composer
Ted Kendall | Brooklyn, NY, USA | 04/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

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Some months ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Sean Hickey for an article in the UK-based publication, Music & Vision. (http://mvdaily.com/articles/2005/11/hickey1.htm)

It was indeed a pleasure to meet this young composer, but it was an even greater pleasure to finally hear his debut CD. Hickey is a fabulous young writer, who, even at such a young age, has accumulated a remarkable catalogue of works. We will surely be seeing more of him in the future.

Since meeting this bright young talent, I have continued to follow his progress over several months. I recently came across a review on his latest premiere, "Ampersand," for solo violin & piano, which may be read via: http://classicalnjsociety.org/reviews/WDEH/032006.htm

BUY THIS DISC, for I can assure listeners they will not be sorry. All performers on the disc are first-rate, indeed an added bonus, thus solidifying *Left at the Fork in the Road* as an absolute "must-have" for any classical devotee's collection."
A great CD
K.P.W. | Brooklyn | 04/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am not really a fan of classical/modern music, but when I heard this CD at my girlfriend's house I was really impressed. The composer, Sean Hickey, writes very interesting music that is enjoyable and lyrical. I personally liked Left at the Fork in the Road and Sagesse, and I think his choice of text was elegantly reflected in the music. I was especially impressed with the playing of the clarinettist, flautist, and bassoonist in the first few tracks, which were equally great pieces.
I think Sean Hickey is off to an excellent start and his CD is truly great to listen to, and I would recommend it everyone, especially people who want to broaden their musical horizons..."
An excellent CD from an excellent composer
Clarinet Gal | 04/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sean Hickey's Left at the Fork in the road is a wonderful album--the musical language is interesting, thoughtful, and engaging, and the contrapuntal writing is very original and lyrical. The sound quality of the recordings are all excellent, and the musicians are clearly top-notch, which makes pieces such as Left at the Fork in the Road and the Flute Sonata even more delightful to listen to.
Sean Hickey is clearly a composer to be reckoned with, and I would definitely recommend this CD to anyone and everyone who loves classical and contemporary music alike!!
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