Michael David Singer | Dialogue of Equals

Go To Artist Page

Other Genres You Will Love
Classical: Sonata Classical: Contemporary Moods: Instrumental
There are no items in your wishlist.

Dialogue of Equals

by Michael David Singer

Contemporary Classical Music
Genre: Classical: Sonata
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
cd in stock order now
Share to Google +1

Tracks

Available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.

To listen to tracks you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Sorry, there has been a problem playing the clip.

  song title
artist name
share
time
download
1. Dialogue of Equals: I. Michael David Singer & Chia-Ling Chien
Share this song!
X
19:30 album only
2. Dialogue of Equals: II. Michael David Singer & Chia-Ling Chien
Share this song!
X
7:51 album only
3. Dialogue of Equals: III. Michael David Singer & Chia-Ling Chien
Share this song!
X
15:24 album only
preview all songs

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
DIALOGUE OF EQUALS

In no manner would one ever consider this “Dialogue” sonata form. This work was not devised for a single instrument with the traditional piano accompaniment. Inherent in the title, Dialogue of Equals is a conversation between two equal and committed voices. It is a fair and balanced discourse in which each voice is given its full measure of expression, with ample and eclectic response by the other. This is a deep discussion weighted with richly satisfying, emotional exchange, filled with musical rebuttals, remorseful assent and inner sadness which seeps musically to the surface. This is a “work” in the most literal sense, a dialogue wrought with penetrating questions, prying issues, and a sense of revelation as these two voices encourage each other's hidden admissions. Two voices committed to discourse, they experiment with a wide range of musical parley, often returning to a minimal and definitive repetition of these thoughts, of chromatic flowing notes, as if these colorful arpeggiated sequences are keys to uncovering their deepest secrets. One ponders one’s own inner most thoughts and wonders. This is a work of great query. It is a musical question to all of us who allow ourselves to be touched by music. It asks so many questions, so many relentless responses that beg for more insight.


Michael David Singer and Chia-Ling Chien are a wonderfully matched pair of voices for this work. Chien’s gorgeous tone and amazing clarity in the midst of an avalanche of notes is remarkable, a testimony to why she commands a prominent post in the inner circle of principal strings at the San Diego Symphony. Singer brings to this work a performance of extraordinary depth and character, with lush coloring, making the piece seem quite facile, though it clearly is a work of enormous intensity for both players.

What is inside the mind of Michael David Singer as he begins to commit this conversation to notes, devoting such enduring energy to this remarkable and singular work? Clearly there is a need to push this dialogue to the surface and share it with the world. Michael has a polished sense about his art, a desire to express something deeply and fully. As both a composer and musician, Michael demonstrates a vast appreciation for the expansive traditions of piano literature and a surprising awareness of the outer bounds of a cellists’ technical and emotional range, utilizing an array of recognizable musical devices with a rich articulation all his own. In this “Dialogue” he offers an insight into his own reality, one characterized by the drive to achieve, balanced by a lone vision, seeking his own depths in quiet exploration. Not unlike his chamber works, Breath of Life, (written in 2004), “Dialogue” offers an opportunity to experience something very personal and deeply emotional.

Drew Cady
September 2012
Del Mar, California


Reviews


to write a review