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Stephen Brown: Lady in the East

by Hannah Addario-Berry

"deeply satisfying beauty at every turn" Gramophone. "the third movement's opening lament was aching beautiful. The suite was enormously effective - I struggle to find words to express how charmed I was by this music." Music in Victoria
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Takakkaw Falls, Suite No. 1: 1. Air
5:58 $0.99
2. Takakkaw Falls, Suite No. 1: 2. Strathspey & Reel
5:02 $0.99
3. Takakkaw Falls, Suite No. 1: 3. Slow Waltz
3:41 $0.99
4. Takakkaw Falls, Suite No. 1: 4. Jig
4:05 $0.99
5. Fire, Suite No. 2: 1. Prelude
3:31 $0.99
6. Fire, Suite No. 2: 2. Allegro con fuco
3:18 $0.99
7. Fire, Suite No. 2: 3. Recitative and Aria
7:14 $0.99
8. Fire, Suite No. 2: 4. Allegro con brio
4:10 $0.99
9. Fire, Suite No. 2: 5. Adagio - Allegro molto
8:46 $0.99
10. There Was a Lady in the East, Suite No. 3: 1. Air & Strathspey
3:16 $0.99
11. There Was a Lady in the East, Suite No. 3: 2. Reel
3:15 $0.99
12. There Was a Lady in the East, Suite No. 3: 3. Lament & Hornpipe
4:19 $0.99
13. There Was a Lady in the East, Suite No. 3: 4. Jig
3:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
Born and raised on the islands of British Columbia, Hannah Addario-Berry has been living and breathing music since the age of nine. Passionate about bringing music to audiences in a wide array of mediums and venues, she is the founder and artistic director of several musical series in the San Francisco Bay Area. An avid and versatile musician, Hannah performs regularly with many ensembles, including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Parallèle, and Navitas Ensemble.  From 2006-2010 she was cellist with the renowned Del Sol String Quartet, during which time the quartet performed more than 50 world premieres, played in such venues as the Library of Congress and National Gallery of Art in Washington, Symphony Space in New York, and the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe.

A fierce advocate of the music of today, Hannah has been a core member of contemporary music ensembles in Montreal and San Francisco and has worked with many of the great composers of the 21st century. She has been an invited guest performer at music festivals worldwide, including the Other Minds Festival, Switchboard Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, Casalmaggiore Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, and Domaine Forget Music Academy. When she is not playing cello, Hannah can most often be found crafting delicious kitchen creations or hiking in the Californian wilderness.

"Takakkaw Falls was commissioned in 2003 as a five minute piece for solo flute to be played at a memorial service at the falls in the Canadian Rockies. Janet Bazett, who commissioned the work in memory of her brother, wish it to have a East Coast-Celtic sound and also to evoke the Rockies. Hmmm. I did some fiddle music research and became very excited about the project, writing in the end, a four (five) movement, 19 minute work using the style of traditional fiddle dances for the movements. Also, Canadian folk songs and fiddle tunes weave their way through the work making appearances in the Air, Strathspey, and Slow Waltz. The theme used in the Air is a Newfoundland outport song Who is at My Window Weeping. It was collected in Stock Cove in 1952 by Kenneth Peacock and sung by Mrs. Lucy Heaney. That Christmas, 2003, cellist Hannah Addario-Berry was home (Victoria, BC) for the holidays (she also was principal cello for the Messiah concerts I conducted) and took an interest in the work. We noodled around, she suggested some key changes and we discussed ranges and possibilities. She convinced me to arrange it for solo cello and gave the premiere in Victoria, BC, in May 2004.

I was so pleased with Hannah's performance of Takakkaw Falls that I promised her I would write her a second suite. Fire was completed in 2005 and revised twice, in 2007 and 2012. It is a different beast from suite number one. Its character is influenced by the classic rock of Jimi Hendrix, Procol Harum, The Rolling Stones, Cream, and the Eagles. It is considerably longer, more virtuosic, and exudes a lyrical aggressiveness.

There Was a Lady in the East is similar to the first cello suite in style. Again, Canadian folk songs and fiddle tunes are woven into some of the movements. The work takes it name from a song collected by Kenneth Peacock in Parson's Pond, Newfoundland, August 1958. Mrs. Charlotte Decker was the singer.

The three suites above form my first set of solo cello suites. A second set of suites, Lilies and the Roses (2011), Magneto (2012), and Flowers of the Forest (2013), form the second set. Again, I used the pattern of folk-fiddle, rock (this time heavy metal), and folk-fiddle."

Stephen Brown

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