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Each piece a flight of fancy on Matthew Lipman's first solo recording, 'Ascent' / New Classical Tracks

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Matthew Lipman recently released his first solo recording, Ascent. Each piece is a flight of fancy. The centerpiece is work that he commissioned in memory of his mother. It's called Metamorfose, by Clarice Assad. "It's in two parts and the first part is very clearly kind of a commentary on the grief process. It has motifs that are cycled throughout the piece, but in the first movement, they're very dark and inward. And then the second movement is really a celebration and an acceptance. Those motifs transform into positivity and have dancelike qualities. "One of my favorite parts of the whole piece is its incredibly innovative ending; rather than ending with a loud or soft chord, the viola and piano kind of flutter away. It sounds exactly like butterfly wings."

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