With Strings Attached
The Alexander String Quartet & San Francisco Choral Artists
Lawrence Ferlinghetti: poet, speaker
Foghorn Classics: FCL-2006
Joyous, celebratory performances of exciting new works for chamber chorus and string quartet captured in superb recordings by Judith Sherman. Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti chips in with readings from his poems, and three new transcriptions of Brahms favorites combine with Beethoven?s Elegaic Songs to present a memorable collection of stunningly beautiful music from these improbable combined forces. This disc includes premieres from Michael Gandolfi, Stephen Leek, Paul Chihara, and Veronika Krausas?s Language of the Birds, a commission from the ASQ & SFCA.
This piece was inspired by the San Francisco artist Brian Goggin?s site-specific sculptural installation, The Language of the Birds, which he created with Dorka Keehn. The installation is an illuminated flock of twenty-three translucent, suspended open books with bindings positioned to simulate the wings of birds in flight. Words, taken from books by neighborhood authors, including Lawrence Ferlinghetti, are scattered and embedded in the plaza as if the words have fallen from the pages. The installation is across the street from City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco.
I have selected 5 fragments from Ferlinghetti?s San Francisco Poems for this piece to celebrate the San Francisco Choral Artists 25th anniversary. Three deal specifically with birds and the other two with trees and fog. I imagined walking from the lovely old trees in Marin County across the Golden Gate Bridge through the fog into San Francisco where one might encounter all sorts of interesting personalities.
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