Specter - The Music of George Antheil (2018)

Antheil

Duo Odeon

When George Antheil and his future wife, Boski Markus, arrived in Paris in the summer of 1923 they moved into a small apartment on rue de l’Odéon above Sylvia Beach’s famous bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. The musicians, artists, and literary giants who comprised the shop’s clientele steered Antheil toward his calling as the 'Bad Boy of Music'. 

For us, Odéon represents our artistic path together, beginning with Antheil’s wild early music and sustained through a mutual love for collaboration, experimentation, and discovery. We met during our first year as doctoral students at Arizona State University, developing a natural collaborative energy when Hannah began writing her dissertation on Antheil’s three Parisian violin sonatas. 

Over the course of six months, we discovered the very limits of our technical and musical skill as we worked through each piece. We thrived on the raw energy and driving aggression of Antheil’s early sonatas, finding beauty in their vivacity and quirky athleticism' 

With these three pieces, we have come to a deeper understanding of the collaboration and friendship between two incredible musicians. Our own friendship and musical partnership have flourished as a result. We hope you enjoy Specter as much as we loved creating it for you. 

- Duo Odéon.

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Duo Odeon

Violinist Hannah Leland and pianist Aimee Fincher formed Duo Odéon in 2014 after meeting in the contemporary music ensemble during their doctoral studies at Arizona State University. The two immediately bonded over a mutual passion for new and unknown classical music. Today, they perform, research, and present the music of the American composer George Antheil along with other little-known twentieth and twenty-first century composers. Their mission is to bring underperformed, often unpublished, music to new audiences in inviting and unconventional environments.

photo: from booklet 'Specter'

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Specter - The Music of George Antheil (2018)

Antheil

Duo Odeon

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Specter is a good collection of Antheil's music, played with passion and precision. George Antheil (1900-1959) was an American composer — born in Trenton, New Jersey — who began his professional career in Europe, where he was friends with, among many others, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, Eric Satie, and Igor Stravinsky. Antheil wrote over 300 musical works – symphonies, chamber works, film music, and operas. This album gives us a collection of Antheil’s chamber music, performed by two of Antheil’s greatest supporters, the Duo Odeon, violinist Hannah Leland and pianist Aimee Fincher. They formed Duo Odeon in 2014 during their doctoral studies at Arizona State University. They also champion other contemporary composers to give them a wider audience. Although all the pieces on the album are quite interesting, I was absorbed by Valses from Specter of the Rose, an arrangement of music from Antheil's 1947 film score for Specter of the Rose. The recording is an intimate one for all three works, with a hint of room ambiance. Most of the music is centered between the front speakers. I listened in stereo and in faux surround sound with an expanded sound stage provided by Dolby Pro Logic. I applaud the focus on Antheil’s music, which is simply not heard widely enough.

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Specter - The Music of George Antheil (2018)

Antheil

Duo Odeon

Digital Converters: Merging Technologies Horus
Executive Producer: Collin J. Rae
Mastering Engineer: Daniel Shores
Mastering Room: Merging Technologies Hapi
Producer: Dan Merceruio
Recording Engineer: Daniel Shores
Recording location: Sono Luminus Studios, Boyce, Virginia July 31-August 4, 2017
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: Legacy Audio speakers

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Violin Sonatina - I. Allegro
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Violin Sonatina - II. Andante
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Violin Sonatina - III. Allegro molto
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Violin Concerto (Version for Violin & Piano) - I. Moderato assai
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Violin Concerto (Version for Violin & Piano) - II. Andante
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Violin Concerto (Version for Violin & Piano) - III. Presto capriccioso
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Spectre of the Rose Waltz - I. Maestoso
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Spectre of the Rose Waltz - II. Poco allegretto
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Spectre of the Rose Waltz - III. Pi? vivo - ? la valse
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