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American Souvenirs

by Blue Violet Duo

The Chicago-based Blue Violet Duo of violinist Kate Carter and pianist Louise Chan makes its recording debut with an album of jazz, blues, and dance-influenced classical works from the mid-to-late 20th century by American composers.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Variations and Capriccio: Theme and Variations
10:08 $0.99
2. Variations and Capriccio: Capriccio
4:34 $0.99
3. Second Sonata: I. Summer Dreams
6:31 $0.99
4. Second Sonata: II. Brutal, Fast
2:11 $0.99
5. Second Sonata: III. Adagio
5:47 $0.99
6. Second Sonata: IV. In Memory of Joe Venuti
3:59 $0.99
7. Road Movies: I. Relaxed Groove
5:16 $0.99
8. Road Movies: II. Meditative
5:07 $0.99
9. Road Movies: III. "40% Swing"
5:02 $0.99
10. Four Souvenirs: I. Samba
3:06 $0.99
11. Four Souvenirs: II. Tango
4:21 $0.99
12. Four Souvenirs: III. Tin Pan Alley
1:59 $0.99
13. Four Souvenirs: IV. Square Dance
2:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
American Souvenirs reflects this high-spirited ensemble's love of lesser-known works that are fun and playful, yet virtuosic. It includes some of the duo's favorite American works.

Dello Joio (1913–2008) wrote Variations and Capriccio during the same period he was collaborating with pioneering choreographer and modern dancer Martha Graham. The work’s lilting and rhythmic elements show a dance influence. Bolcom (b. 1938) employs “jazz, blues, and a more jagged, tonally ambivalent style” in his four-movement Second Sonata for Violin and Piano, as described in the album’s liner notes. The final movement, a tribute to jazz and swing violinist Joe Venuti, sees Bolcom using his own dry wit to capture Venuti’s famed sense of humor by weaving slides, harmonics, and rhythmic interruptions into the music. Adams (b. 1947) evokes the open highway in his three-movement Road Movies, powered by his idiosyncratic minimalist style. For his Four Souvenirs for Violin and Piano, Schoenfeld (b. 1947) draws from two Latin dances, the samba and tango, and the sounds of 1920s American Tin Pan Alley popular music, as well as square dance.

Formed in 2013, the Blue Violet Duo has performed in recital series throughout the Chicago area, including twice at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, which showcases emerging classical musicians. The duo’s Myra Hess concerts, in 2016 and 2017, aired live over WFMT radio. The duo made its debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2014.



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