Caroline Stinson offers beguiling performances of this imaginative program.
Lines, the title of this imaginative program, beguilingly performed, links pupils to teachers in three principal strands: Bloch-Sessions-Harbison; Lutoslawski-Stucky-Waggoner and Weesner; and Boulanger-Carter. While it is difficult to overestimate the influence of a powerful mentor, not all mentor relationships develop in formal arrangements. Carter was deeply influenced by Sessions, and was close with him, without having enrolled as his student. Both Waggoner and Weesner forged close relationships with Harbison, and in different works reveal Harbison’s influence as much as Stucky’s. While in his early works Harbison often exhibited Sessions’ influence, his baroque sensibilities have more in common with the neoclassical predispositions of Bloch, his “grand-teacher.” The criss-crossing of the lines hints at the wealth and variety of music influence and tradition. Acclaimed cellist Caroline Stinson offers magnificent performances of this repertoire, two of which are world premiere recordings (Andrew Waggoner’s Le Nom and Anna Weesner’s Possible Stories). Noted for her vibrant lyricism and fresh interpretations, Ms. Stinson is on the faculty at Syracuse University and The Juilliard School.
"...a most desirable issue."
Steven E Ritter - Fanfare - November/December 2011