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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

David Keberle, Caught in Time

David Keberle, composer of music of brightness, beauty, contemporary in tone color, often lyrical in affect--all this you can hear vividly on his new album Caught in Time (Innova 807).

"Soundings II" for Solo Flute & Flute Ensemble has a ravishing sonance and starts the program off auspiciously. The solo flute part is rangy with the skips, dynamics and timbre advances of the avant garde and the flute ensemble makes use of out-of-time cascades and other ultra-modern effects, yet the music is lyrically tonal. This is what the album is about--the presentation of pointilistic and colorful aural sonorities with the warmth of tonal expression.

Keberle writes brilliantly for winds, as one can hear throughout. "Incroci," an extended work for clarinet and piano, shows this especially well. But his balanced writing style makes room for his vision of the brilliant blends of all instruments involved. The four-part "Four to Go," for example, has a natural flow and very appealing part writing for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion.

His "Three Songs on the Poetry of Yeats" for Tenor and Piano shows that he is a sensitive composer of vocal music as well. Caught in Time makes clear that David Keberle is a composer of the upper tier, fashioning excellently crafted, memorable chamber music for today. It's worth the effort to get this one, without a doubt. I look forward to hearing more of his music.

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