Rebecca Bower Cherian | L'invitation au Voyage

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L'invitation au Voyage

by Rebecca Bower Cherian

Rebecca Bower Cherian's second solo CD outing continues her exploration of lyrical French songs, Baroque sonatas, and powerful works originally written for trombone, including Persichetti's Trio for trombone, violin and cello with it's unique colors.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Capriccio for Trombone and Piano
6:34 $0.99
2. 7 Mélodies, Op. 2: III. Les Papillons
1:27 $0.99
3. Le manoir de Rosemonde
2:03 $0.99
4. L'invitation au voyage
3:16 $0.99
5. Les nuits d’été: VI. L'isle inconnue
3:21 $0.99
6. Variations for Trombone and Piano
11:45 $0.99
7. Sonata for Solo Trombone: 1. Recitative
3:18 $0.99
8. Sonata for Solo Trombone: 2. Double
3:14 $0.99
9. Sonata for Solo Trombone: 3. Rondo
1:15 $0.99
10. Sonata in B-Flat Major: I. Andante
3:04 $0.99
11. Sonata in B-Flat Major: II. Allegro
2:47 $0.99
12. Sonata in B-Flat Major: III. Larghetto
1:49 $0.99
13. Sonata in B-Flat Major: IV. Allegretto
2:19 $0.99
14. Piece Concertante
7:22 $0.99
15. Serenade No. 6 for Trombone, Viola and Cello: 1. Prologue
2:35 $0.99
16. Serenade No. 6 for Trombone, Viola and Cello: 2. Barcarole
2:42 $0.99
17. Serenade No. 6 for Trombone, Viola and Cello: 3. Chorale Prelude
1:28 $0.99
18. Serenade No. 6 for Trombone, Viola and Cello: 4. Dialogue
2:21 $0.99
19. Serenade No. 6 for Trombone, Viola and Cello: 5. Intermezzo
1:10 $0.99
20. Serenade No. 6 for Trombone, Viola and Cello: 6. Song
1:58 $0.99
21. Serenade No. 6 for Trombone, Viola and Cello: 7. Dance
1:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
In the planning stages for my first CD, Water Awakening I had thought it would be my first and last solo recording endeavor. But once completed, I was inspired by several things to continue with a second recording. The first was the song “L’Isle Inconnue” by Hector Berlioz, which I adore and regretted not having recorded. In addition to my affinity for the music, I felt I had been “L’Isle Inconnue” or “The Unknown Isle” and had imagined using that as the title for my second CD. However, since the release of “Water Awakening” I felt I had found my voice and a very unexpected recognition. I began searching for other lieder to group with the Berlioz and with the help of my esteemed colleague and friend, Rodrigo Ojeda, discovered two songs of Henri Duparc, (“L’Invitation au Voyage” and “Le Manoir de Rosemonde”) and one of Ernest Chausson, (“Les Papillons”) which are equally beautiful. Upon completing the recording sessions the title of the album had clearly morphed for me from “The Unknown Isle” into “L’Invitation Au Voyage” or “Invitation to the Voyage”.

I realized there were many other pieces, in addition to the Berlioz, that I felt strongly about and wished to record. I had first performed the Barney Childs Sonata on my Senior Recital at Cal Arts and still enjoy playing it to this day. Carlos Salzedo’s Piece Concertante, Op. 27 is a work I had never performed but practiced it often for its beautiful French lyricism. The Persichetti Trio remains one of my favorite chamber pieces for trombone despite the challenges and difficult balance issues of trombone with strings.

More recently, I was captivated by works of Stekke and Besozzi. Upon first hearing Variations by Leon Stekke, I was struck by its unusual beauty and interesting, expressive trombone and piano writing. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed playing and recording and felt inspired to arrange and record another Baroque solo for alto trombone, harpsichord and basso continuo. I chose a sonata by Alessandro Besozzi, again a work originally written for oboe that works well on alto trombone. It was an adventure, especially recording with a sensitive creature such as a harpsichord during the week of the polar vortex in early January. Special thanks to Joe Bryan for both his instrument and his many tunings.

Finally, I recorded Roger Boutry’s Capriccio as a very special nod to Roger Boutry. Roger Boutry’s Concerto for trombone and piano was included on my first CD. Shortly after its release, I received, to my great surprise, a hand written letter in French from Paris, France. Using my High School French, I understood that Monsieur Boutry was requesting to hear my recording of his piece. I was thrilled and shocked to receive a letter from such a revered composer/pianist of our time, much less a request to hear my interpretation of his Concerto. With great trepidation, I mailed a CD off to him and sat by the mailbox waiting for his reply. Luckily he only left me there for 2 weeks. He wrote that my interpretation was “parfait” – exactly what he had intended. His compliments left me stunned and ecstatic. Furthermore, he mentioned that he would like to send a copy of my CD to his dear friend, Jacques Casterede, whose Sonatine was also released on Water Awakening.

I immediately sent another CD to Monsieur Boutry to forward on to Monsieur Casterede in Dijon, France. With help from friends, dictionaries and translation apps, I wrote him back expressing my gratitude and honor for his compliments, support and great music. A few weeks later I received a handwritten letter in French again, but this time from none other than Jacques C Casterede with accolades for my interpretation of his Sonatine. I was and still am overwhelmed by the unexpected recognition from two of our greatest living French composers. It has been the pinnacle of my career. Monsieur Bouty and I have continued to correspond through letters and cards. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting him, his talented and charming wife, Evelyn and their friend, conductor Adrian McDonnell, during two trips to Paris. On my latest visit to Paris while on tour with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Monsieur and Madame Boutry most cordially invited me to their apartment. I felt very honored and privileged not only to be there but also to be allowed to try the Courtois tenor trombone that his father had played in the Paris Orchestra. His friendship and support have been both very meaningful and inspirational to me. During this latest visit with Roger Boutry, I shared with him the saying my teacher at Yale, John Swallow, would tell all of his students, “The three B’s for most musicians are Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, but for trombonists the three B’s are Beethoven, Brahms and Boutry.” I dedicate this CD, L’Invitation au Voyage, to M. Boutry in admiration, gratitude and friendship for accompanying me on part of the voyage.

-Rebecca Bower Cherian (2014)



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