Surman – The American Album

The American Album
Centaur CRC 3525

Patricia Surman, flute
Kostas Chardas, piano

Dr. Patricia Surman, who has recently joined the faculty of Metropolitan State University of Denver, has released a stunning album of American works on Centaur Records.

The composers represented on this album span the entire 20th century into the 21st century. I especially appreciated the inclusion of pieces from the standard repertoire as well as some new gems. The works represented on the album include:

Sonata (Three Lakes) – Daniel Dorff
  I. Lake Wallenpaupack
  II. Kezar Lake
  III. Salmon Lake

Black Anemones – Joseph Schwantner

Three American Pieces for Flute and Piano – Lukas Foss
  I. Early Song
  II. Dedication
  III. Composer’s Holiday

Antiques of a Mechanical Nature – Chapman Welch

Duo for Flute and Piano – Aaron Copland
  I. Flowing
  II. Poetic, somewhat mournful
  III. Lively, with bounce

 

On the first hearing, Surman’s fantastic tone is immediately evident. It is robust, substantial, and beautiful. She shows the listener a variety of tone colors throughout the various works. Her technique is masterful, and her articulation is crystal clear and communicative. The collaboration between Surman and pianist Kostas Chardas is solid. Overall, this is an outstanding album and highly recommended. 

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