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by Paul Taub

Edge is the new record by flute virtuoso Paul Taub. This album reflects Taub's interest in the music of Eastern Europe, including a premiere recording of Ninna Nanna by the great Giya Kanchelli for flute and string quartet.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Namu-Amida-Butsu
12:15 album only
2. Sonata: Night
4:02 album only
3. Sonata: Flight
4:24 album only
4. Sonata: Night
3:38 album only
5. Ninna Nanna Per Anna
21:52 album only
6. Fayum Portraits
5:13 album only
7. Recitative
4:46 album only
8. Aria
8:36 album only
9. Burlesque
4:58 album only


Album Notes
From the artist:

The five works on this CD reflect my nearly 25-year interest in music of the former republics of the Soviet Union. I commissioned the earliest piece on the CD, Sergei Slonimsky’s Recitative, Aria and Burlesque, in 1990 for the Goodwill Arts Festival in Seattle, following a tour of the USSR that I participated in with over twenty American flutists. I had heard Slonimsky’s opera The Master and Margarita and was impressed with his synthesis of a strong Russian classical tradition with many modernistic touches.

It was around the same time that I discovered the music of Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. I was an early American exponent of his first solo flute piece, Landscape With Birds, and gave the US premiere of the Sonata from this CD in the 1990s. I also had the pleasure of giving only the second performance of the work in Riga in 2008 with the composer present.

The works of Armenian composer Artur Avanesov and Azerbaijani Elmir Mirzoev were introduced to me thanks to the efforts of Laura Kaminsky, now Artistic Director at Symphony Space in New York, and Elena Dubinets and the programming lead she has taken with the Seattle Chamber Players. Both composers’ works were featured in SCP’s Icebreaker III: The Caucasus festival in 2006 and left a lasting impression on me.

Georgian composer Giya Kancheli’s Ninna Nanna Per Anna was commissioned by the National Flute Association during my tenure as Chairman of the New Music Advisory Committee and premiered in Kansas City in 2008. It was a coup for the NFA to commission a work by Kancheli, whose singular voice has long held a special place in the international music world. This is the premiere recording of this intimate and personal work, in its revised and final version.



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The Dirty Lowdown

Engaging, experimental, magical, and exotic
Taub makes the Edge an alluring place to explore. A beautiful errie-ness, as the listener takes a musical travelogue through through the works of composers from the different former Soviet republics. It is engaging, experimental, magical, and exotic.

Paul Taub is the pacific Northwest’s premiere flutist and founder of The Seattle Chamber Players. He is often a soloists with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest and the Everett Symphony.

A promoter of ex-Soviet/Russian composers, what Taub has assembled here is pieces from Armenia, Latvia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Russia composed by Artur Amanesov, Peteris Vasks, a new work by Giya Kanchelli – “Ninna Nanna Per Anna”. as well as works by Elmir Mirzoev and Sergie Slonimsky.

Taub is a rake, with a flute for a rapier, that will lull you into a peaceful boat ride down exotic rivers and then, in turn fence with your ears as he thrusts and parry's with the tune and the accompanying musicians.


Mikhail Shmidt, violin
Natasha Bazhanov, violin
Julie Whitton, viola
David Sabee, cello
Roger Nelson, piano
Matthew Kocmieroski, percussion, Nathan Whittaker, cello, Valerie Muzzolini-Gordon, harp this “new” classical presentation captivating, never boring, always dramatic and totally satisfying.

The Dirty Lowdown