Richard Wernick (1934, American)

I’ve posted a few reviews of pieces of Richard Wernick over the years on, most of which I’ve now reposted here, and although none called for a negative reaction, I haven’t found most of them paticularly oustanding and memorable. The one exception is his KaddishRequiem (A Secular Service for the Victims of Indochina) on Spectrum: New American Music. Works of Stefan Wolpe, Seymour Shifrin, George Rochberg, Milton Babbitt, Richard Wernick. The Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Arthur Weisberg. Elektra Nonesuch 9 79222-2 (1990). That’s a memorable piece indeed.

I’ve also reveiwed and now transfered here his Cadenzas and Variations for Violin Alone by Gregory Fulkerson, on New World Records 80313-2  (1995, original recording circa 1980) with works of Copland, Ornstein and Glass, and his 1986 Viola Concerto, written for and recorded by Walter Trampler on CRI CD 618 (1992) with concertos of Robert Starer and Richard Wilson.

Comments are welcome