The Twisted Pine Branch

A wonderful survey of the chamber music of Washington DC-based composer and pianist Haskell Small, from 1978's Suite for Cello to 2000's Twelve Snippets for flute, clarinet, cello and piano, The Twisted Pine Branch is a testament to this composer's versatility, wit and charm. Featuring an international array of guest artists, including oboist Gerard Reuter, the New York Philharmonic's Principal French hornist Philip Meyers, soprano Judith Nicosia, Spanish cellist Ignacio Alcover, Japanese bassoonist Shigeru Ota and violinist Mayumi Pawel, this disc showcases superb chamber works by Haskell Small, who has also recently recorded his renowned Symphony for Solo Piano for Albany and a CD of children's tales, Once Upon A Time for Ongaku.

As a pianist, Mr. Small has performed throughout the United States and Japan, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, National Gallery of Art, Kennedy Center, and the Spoleto Festival. He has been the recipient of solo recital grants from the NEA and was a top prizewinner at the J.S. Bach International Piano Competition.

Track Listing

1. Tweet for Two for two oboes
(Excerpt)
2. Six Miniatures for bassoon and piano
3. Six Miniatures for bassoon and piano
4. Six Miniatures for bassoon and piano
5. Six Miniatures for bassoon and piano
6. Six Miniatures for bassoon and piano
7. Six Miniatures for bassoon and piano
8. Fugue and Postlude for flute, bassoon and piano - Fugue
9. Fugue and Postlude for flute, bassoon and piano - Postlude
10. Twelve Snippets for flute, clarinet, cello and piano
(Excerpt)
11. Suite for Strings and Piano Concertante - Mvmnt. I
12. Suite for Strings and Piano Concertante - Mvmnt. II
13. Suite for Strings and Piano Concertante - Mvmnt. III
14. Suite for Strings and Piano Concertante - Mvmnt. IV
15. Suite for Strings and Piano Concertante - Mvmnt. V
16. Short Story for flute, oboe, clarinet, cello and piano
(Excerpt)
17. The Twisted Pine Branch for soprano, French horn and piano - Contentment
18. The Twisted Pine Branch for soprano, French horn and piano - Be Careful
19. The Twisted Pine Branch for soprano, French horn and piano - Waiting for You
20. The Twisted Pine Branch for soprano, French horn and piano - The End of All
21. The Twisted Pine Branch for soprano, French horn and piano - Contentment
22. Suite for Solo Cello - Mvmnt. I
23. Suite for Solo Cello - Mvmnt. II
24. Suite for Solo Cello - Mvmnt. III
25. Suite for Solo Cello - Mvmnt. IV
26. Suite for Solo Cello - Mvmnt. V
 
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Released March 1, 2001
4Tay CD4020
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