Grill, Stanley (Camerata Philadelphia) / I Paint the Stars With Wings. . .
Album: I Paint the Stars With Wings. . .   Collection:Classical
Artist:Grill, Stanley (Camerata Philadelphia)   Added:May 2022
Label:Innova Recordings  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2022-06-14 Pull Date: 2022-08-16 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Jul 31 Jul 10 Jun 26 Jun 19
Airplays: 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 24, 2022: Music Casserole
Pavanne To a World Without War (8:29)
4. Jun 25, 2022: Music Casserole
Pavanne To a World Without War (8:29), Un Arbol Tan Callado (3:37)
2. Jul 30, 2022: Music Casserole
Air (6:56)
5. Jun 18, 2022: Music Casserole
The Four Elements, Earth (8:34)
3. Jul 09, 2022: Music Casserole
Air (6:56)

Album Review
Gary Lemco
Reviewed 2022-05-17
New York City composer Stanley Grill has been publishing his music since 1975. His two passions are medieval music and world peace. Musically, the orchestral works sound much alike, lyrical but without rhythmic or color diversity.

The Four Elements (2009) is a viola concerto in traditional harmonic syntax, the style similar to those of Vaughan Williams and William Walton. “Earth” is lyrical, sweetly repetitive. “Air” employs the high strings of Camerata Philadelphia to create a transparent cocoon around the viola. “Water” is more robust, in the manner of a modal folk song. “Fire” is another muscular movement, with deep chords from the Camerata low strings.

Pavanne (for a world without war) is a string serenade meant as a 2005 prayer for peace, a dedication to the spirit of non-violence. A cross between lullaby and nocturne, the music moves into a middle section of darker color. A third section adds some tripping motives, then intensifies to a coda that drifts away.

In Praise of Reason, in two movements, with cello and two horns to accompany the Camerata strings, is another serenade, rather melancholy, given the 2012 presidential elections, which depressed Grill. The middle of the opening Allegro, Moderato imitates a serenade with cello obligato. A kind of hunt motif infiltrates the second movement, Allegro, once more with cello obligato. The four beats vaguely hint at the “fate” motif in Beethoven’s 5th.

There are 7 Mystical Songs, music that sets four poems by Fernando Rielo (1923-2004), preceded by an Introduction. Peggy Pei-ju Yu provides the soprano part, sung in Spanish. The poems share the aerial world of wind, branches, birds, and wings. Three Intermezzos separate the songs, in which Yu’s voice shares the vocal line with the viola.

Track Listing
1. The Four Elements, Earth (8:34)   8. Mystical Songs, Introduction (1:53)
2. Air (6:56)   9. Corre (2:17)
3. Water (3:09)   10. Intermezzo I (1:01)
4. Fire (5:05)   11. Alli (3:51)
5. Pavanne To a World Without War (8:29)   12. Intermezzo II (2:26)
6. In Praise of Reason, Adagio. Moderato (8:32)   13. Tu Eres La Brisa (3:28)
7. Allegro (6:17)   14. Intermezzo III (1:12)
  15. Un Arbol Tan Callado (3:37)