Eric Huebner – Earth: Music for Solo Piano by Stephen Barber (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:58 minutes | 493 MB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © New Focus Recordings
Eclectic composer Stephen Barber releases this collection of character pieces that reflect his unique career straddling the worlds of popular music, film scoring, and contemporary classical composition. Barber’s collaborators over the years include Stevie Ray Vaughn, David Byrne, Natalie Merchant, Willie Nelson, Ornette Coleman, Gilberto Gil, and the London Symphony. These colorful works are performed by critically acclaimed pianist Eric Huebner.
West Texas native composer Stephen Barber has had an eclectic musical life, collaborating with a wide range of artists, from Gilberto Gil, Stevie Ray Vaughn, David Byrne, Keith Richards, and Natalie Merchant to studying with John Corigliano and working on projects with the London Symphony Orchestra and PBS, among many others. This collection of his music for solo piano, performed by Eric Huebner, is indicative of his diverse experiences, with a gracious embrace of many aesthetics framed by a keen sense of character.
Several of these miniatures depict creatures in the animal kingdom or specific natural locations. The album opens with “Yellow Warbler,” a grand portrait of a bird in flight. A fluid passage starts the work, before bright, grandly resonant chords capture the wonder of weightlessness. “Fireflies” crackles with sparkling luminosity, as Messiaen-like repeated figures in the high register are connected by descending scalar figures, streaks of light across the night sky. “Through a Dog Star Gaze into Sirius” depicts the experience of visiting McDonald Observatory in Marfa, Texas, and looking through the telescope into the cosmos. Barber creates splashes of harmonic resonance, sustaining them for wondrous contemplation. Virtuosic passagework embodies the energized dance of the heavens, as stars, moons, and comets interact in the bright sky. “Twilight in Tahiti” is inspired by a sunset in Bora Bora, as Debussy-esque pastel harmonies unfold in poignant phrases.
1-1. Eric Huebner – Yellow Warbler (02:15)
1-2. Eric Huebner – Fireflies (02:02)
1-3. Eric Huebner – In Garden Bright (02:11)
1-4. Eric Huebner – Through a Dog Star Gaze Into Sirius (04:40)
1-5. Eric Huebner – Stop (01:31)
1-6. Eric Huebner – Twilight In Tahiti (05:15)
1-7. Eric Huebner – Circo Massimo (02:28)
1-8. Eric Huebner – Electra 88 (02:45)
1-9. Eric Huebner – Falling Water (03:12)
1-10. Eric Huebner – Opium-White Fur (04:24)
1-11. Eric Huebner – Easter (01:58)
1-12. Eric Huebner – Slow Dripping Beast (04:34)
1-13. Eric Huebner – Earth (02:40)