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Michael K. Slayton: Sursum

Various Artists

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Fantasy & Fugue for 2 Pianos & Percussion "Hommage à Bartók"  
1
I. Fantasy
Michael Slayton; Yarn/Wire
8:43
2
II. Fugue
Michael Slayton; Yarn/Wire
8:02
3
Le soir tombe
Michael Slayton; Amy Jarman; Melissa Rose; Jerome Reed
5:48
4
Sursum
Michael Slayton; Kreutzer Quartet
7:40
Piano Sonate "Droyßig"  
5
I. Droyßiger Wald (The Droyßig Forest)
Michael Slayton; Evan Mack
5:32
6
II. Das Schloß (The Castle)
Michael Slayton; Evan Mack
8:24
7
III. Der Sommer In Droyßig (Summer in Droyßig)
Michael Slayton; Evan Mack
8:03
6 Miniaturen für das Meer (6 Miniatures for the Sea)  
8
I. Aufsteigender Nebel (Fog, Lifting)
Michael Slayton; Joshua McGuire; Jennifer McGuire
1:35
9
II. Morgentanz (Morningdance)
Michael Slayton; Joshua McGuire; Jennifer McGuire
1:12
10
III. Meerestroeme (Seadrift)
Michael Slayton; Joshua McGuire; Jennifer McGuire
2:08
11
IV. Windgezeiten (Windtides)
Michael Slayton; Joshua McGuire; Jennifer McGuire
1:12
12
V. Die Fährbrücken (The Ferry Docks)
Michael Slayton; Joshua McGuire; Jennifer McGuire
2:21
13
VI. Mondtanz (Moondance)
Michael Slayton; Joshua McGuire; Jennifer McGuire
1:18
Dreamers' Meadows  
14
I. Reverie
Michael Slayton; Atlantic Ensemble
3:36
15
II. Wilderness
Michael Slayton; Atlantic Ensemble
3:38
16
III. Tramontane
Michael Slayton; Atlantic Ensemble
4:10
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    73:22
With his new album Sursum, composer Michael Slayton presents six compelling compositions, each performed by a different ensemble or solo performer. Despite the album's varied and esteemed assemblage of performers, there lies a common thread throughout in both the form of Slayton's distinguished composting style - dreamy but focused, and equal parts smooth and dissonant - as well as the imagery that the music conjures. The diverse performers and instruments only add to the character of Slayton's distinct writing approach. Each piece is particularly rich with vivid imagery, another key element that defines the album. Slayton makes a point of highlighting this, as the album's liner notes are sprinkled with tidbits about particular places each piece was composed - for example, Sonate "Droyßig" bears the name of the small village in which the composition was born, while "Dreamers Meadows" invokes the spirit of a series of bucolic hiking trails in the mountains of West Virginia. Each listener is sure to create his or her own individual array of imagery when immersing one's self into the quixotic world of Michael Slayton's Sursum.
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