|Please check out State of the Union. It was released in June by
MMC Recordings in 2007 and contains three pieces:
A Swiftian satire on George Bush's attack on reason (septet), a
clarinet and piano sonata and a piano sonata.
All are part of the Nightmare of Reason opus -- my response to the
political and social nightmare of our time.
The recording features famed clarinetist Richard Soltzman, with
soprano D'Anna Fortunato, pianist Paul Dykstra, and cellist Emmanuel
"In an era when many composers paradoxically seek to maintain a sizeable
distance and artistic isolation between themselves and the society they
ultimately desire to engage, award-winning composer Roger Rudenstein is a
clear and vibrant exception to that rule. As the composer of the first full-length
opera about AIDS, GRACE, Rudenstein is no stranger to tackling the most
controversial topics and fanning the flames of social awareness through his
art. His first MMC full-length, STATE OF THE UNION (MMC2161), takes this
approach to the extreme." Statement by MMC Recordings
Read a review of my "State of the Union" CD by JWR Reviews. It
begins with: "About the only demonstrable good to come out of
George W. Bush’s war on terror is Roger Rudenstein’s discreet,
heartfelt condemnation of “above all else, let there be oil"
Fanfare says: "Repetition, augmentation and diminution of time
values, and manipulation of dynamics are combined masterfully to
produce music that, in the words of Beethoven, 'goes from heart to