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Southwest Chamber Music Composer Portrait Series


Release Date: 10/24/2000 
Label:  Cambria   Catalog #: 8800   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anthony VazzanaCharles WuorinenWilliam KraftErnst Krenek,   ... 
Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-JulsonDorothy StoneJan KarlinNathan Campbell,   ... 
Conductor:  Jeff von der SchmidtStephen L. MoskoJohn Bergamo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest Chamber Music SocietyCalArts Gamelan Ensemble
Number of Discs: 12 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 11 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here is as exciting a series of discs devoted to contemporary, American chamber music, as has appeared on any label in quite some time. Beautifully performed and recorded, this bargain priced set puts the lie to those who claim there is nothing much happening in the world of recorded music today. Think of it! A whole disc devoted to the music of Mel Powell! Southwest Chamber Music was founded in 1987 and is one of the most active chamber music ensembles in the United States. It presents series at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Herbert Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, and a celebrated summer festival at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. The ensemble Read more also provides weekly music education in the Los Angeles and Pasadena Unified School Districts. All the works heard on these twelve CDs have been performed by the ensemble prior to their recording; some a number of times. This accounts for the high artistic quality of this set which is indeed a remarkable achievement. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Whispers and Chants by Anthony Vazzana
Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano), Dorothy Stone (Flute), Jan Karlin (Viola),
Nathan Campbell (French Horn), Theresa Dimond (Percussion), Timm Boatman (Percussion),
Marcia Dickstein (Harp)
Conductor:  Jeff von der Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest Chamber Music Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 35 Minutes 40 Secs. 
2.
Buccina by Anthony Vazzana
Performer:  Jeff von der Schmidt (French Horn), Susan Svrcek (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 23 Minutes 53 Secs. 
3.
Lamentazione by Anthony Vazzana
Performer:  Jan Karlin (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4.
A Winter's Tale by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  James Atkinson (French Horn), Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano), Gary Ginstling (Clarinet),
Amy Sims (Violin), Jan Karlin (Viola), Maggie Edmondson (Cello),
Gayle Blankenburg (Piano)
Conductor:  Jeff von der Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest Chamber Music Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1990-1991; USA 
Length: 26 Minutes 20 Secs. 
5.
Horn Trio by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Agnes Gottschewski (Violin), Jeff von der Schmidt (French Horn), Gayle Blankenburg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Length: 24 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6.
Song to the Lute in Musicke by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Gayle Blankenburg (Piano), Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
7.
Christes Crosse by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Gayle Blankenburg (Piano), Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
8.
Quartet for Percussion by William Kraft
Performer:  Amy Sims (Violin), Marilyn Harris-Bardet (Cello), Agnes Gottschewski (Violin),
Jan Karlin (Viola), Erik Forrester (Percussion)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
Length: 17 Minutes 6 Secs. 
9.
Evening Voluntaries by William Kraft
Performer:  Jeff von der Schmidt (French Horn)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
10.
Sonata for Viola solo, Op. 92 no 3 by Ernst Krenek
Performer:  Jan Karlin (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 30 Secs. 
11.
Settings for Twelve Chinese Symbols and Winds by Joan Huang
Performer:  Gayle Blankenburg (Piano), Jan Karlin (Viola), Jeff von der Schmidt (French Horn)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 15 Minutes 27 Secs. 
12.
Five Objects Darkly, Op. 62 by Alexander Goehr
Performer:  Gary Ginstling (Clarinet), Agnes Gottschewski (Violin), Jan Karlin (Viola),
Jeff von der Schmidt (French Horn), Gayle Blankenburg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; England 
Length: 28 Minutes 35 Secs. 
13.
Of Challenge and of Love by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano), Gayle Blankenburg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1994; USA 
Length: 17 Minutes 50 Secs. 
14.
Quintet for Piano and Winds by Elliott Carter
Performer:  Stewart Horn (Oboe), Jim Foschia (Clarinet), Jeff von der Schmidt (French Horn),
Leslie Lashinsky (Bassoon), Gayle Blankenburg (Piano)
Conductor:  Stephen L. Mosko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest Chamber Music Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991; USA 
Length: 20 Minutes 27 Secs. 
15.
Quintet for Flute, Strings and Piano by Richard Derby
Performer:  Dorothy Stone (Flute), Christine Frank (Violin), Jan Karlin (Viola),
Maggie Edmondson (Cello), Gayle Blankenburg (Piano)
Conductor:  Jeff von der Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest Chamber Music Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 24 Minutes 19 Secs. 
16.
Duo for Horn and Piano by Richard Derby
Performer:  Gayle Blankenburg (Piano), Jeff von der Schmidt (French Horn)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 26 Minutes 24 Secs. 
17.
Lecture on the weather by John Cage
Performer:  Don Ambroson (Violin), Tom Peters (Double Bass), Jeff von der Schmidt (French Horn),
Joel Glassman (), Carl Selkin (), John Schneider (Baritone),
Stuart Fox (Guitar), Michael Ingham (Baritone), Jay Belloli (),
Heinz Horst Blankenburg (Baritone), Tom Coston (), Jim Foschia (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Stephen L. Mosko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest Chamber Music Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1975; USA 
Length: 33 Minutes 42 Secs. 
18.
Atlas eclipticalis by John Cage
Performer:  Jonathan Miller (Percussion), Jan Karlin (Viola), David Aoki (Percussion),
Hector Flores (Trombone), Terral Benbow (Viola), Ambre Gonzales (Flute),
Tyrone Gregory (Alto Saxophone), Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano), Michael Ingham (Baritone),
Gayle Blankenburg (Piano), Jim Foschia (Clarinet), Leslie Lashinsky (Bassoon),
Jeff von der Schmidt (French Horn), Don Ambroson (Violin), Stuart Fox (Guitar),
Tom Peters (Double Bass), Garrett Lofgren (Violin)
Conductor:  Stephen L. Mosko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest Chamber Music Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USA 
Length: 48 Minutes 58 Secs. 
19.
Suite for Violin and American Gamelan (collab. with Richard Dee) by Lou Harrison
Performer:  Randy Gloss (Gamelan), Edson Gianesi (Gamelan), Roman Cho (Gamelan),
Jesse Chang (Gamelan), Erin Barnes (Gamelan), Miriam De Los Santos (Gamelan),
Amy Sims (Violin)
Conductor:  John Bergamo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  CalArts Gamelan Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Written: 1973-1974; United States of Ame 
Length: 28 Minutes 18 Secs. 
20.
Barstow "8 Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at Barstow, California" by Harry Partch
Performer:  John Schneider (Guitar), John Schneider (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; USA 
Length: 9 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: Original (1941) 
21.
Psychotropes by Stephen L. Mosko
Performer:  Stewart Horn (Oboe), Jan Karlin (Viola), Susan Svrcek (Piano),
Jeff von der Schmidt (French Horn), Dorothy Stone (Flute), Stewart Horn (English Horn),
Dorothy Stone (Piccolo)
Conductor:  Stephen L. Mosko
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest Chamber Music Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 42 Secs. 
22.
Quartet for Strings by Stephen L. Mosko
Performer:  Maggie Edmondson (Cello), Agnes Gottschewski (Violin), Christine Frank (Violin),
Jan Karlin (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Length: 19 Minutes 36 Secs. 
23.
Rupuze by Stephen L. Mosko
Performer:  Dorothy Stone (Flute), Stuart Fox (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 1 Secs. 
24.
God metot enob(s) by Stephen L. Mosko
Performer:  Gayle Blankenburg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
25.
Darling by Stephen L. Mosko
Performer:  Tom Peters (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1976; USA 
Length: 19 Minutes 2 Secs. 
26.
Haiku Setting by Mel Powell
Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano), Gayle Blankenburg (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
27.
Prayer Settings (2) by Mel Powell
Performer:  Stewart Horn (Oboe), Maggie Edmondson (Cello), Jan Karlin (Viola),
Christine Frank (Violin), David Spiro (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jeff von der Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest Chamber Music Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
28.
Settings for Soprano and Orchestra by Mel Powell
Performer:  Gayle Blankenburg (Piano), Marcia Dickstein (Harp), Theresa Dimond (Percussion),
Maggie Edmondson (Cello), Jim Foschia (Clarinet), Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano),
Dorothy Stone (Flute), Tony Ellis (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Jeff von der Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest Chamber Music Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 16 Secs. 
29.
Little Companion Pieces for Soprano and String Quartet by Mel Powell
Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano), Maggie Edmondson (Cello), Jan Karlin (Viola),
Agnes Gottschewski (Violin), Christine Frank (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Length: 14 Minutes 16 Secs. 
30.
Strand Settings "Darker" by Mel Powell
Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1983; USA 
Length: 18 Minutes 59 Secs. 
31.
Die Violine by Mel Powell
Performer:  Gayle Blankenburg (Piano), Agnes Gottschewski (Violin), Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
32.
Levertov Breviary by Mel Powell
Performer:  Gayle Blankenburg (Piano), Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Length: 9 Minutes 31 Secs. 
33.
Letter to a Young Composer by Mel Powell
Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
34.
Grand Oak Trees at Dawn by Wadada Leo Smith
Performer:  Dorothy Stone (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 54 Secs. 
35.
Quartet for Strings no 1 by Wadada Leo Smith
Performer:  Maggie Edmondson (Cello), Jan Karlin (Viola), Christine Frank (Violin),
Agnes Gottschewski (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 58 Secs. 
36.
Quartet for Strings no 3 "Black Church" by Wadada Leo Smith
Performer:  Maggie Edmondson (Cello), Jan Karlin (Viola), Agnes Gottschewski (Violin),
Christine Frank (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 15 Minutes 13 Secs. 
37.
Bardsdale by Wadada Leo Smith
Performer:  Stuart Fox (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 15 Minutes 14 Secs. 
38.
Divertimento for Oboe, 2 Horns and String Quintet by Robert Linn
Performer:  Tom Peters (Double Bass), Maggie Edmondson (Cello), Jan Karlin (Viola),
Amy Sims (Violin), Agnes Gottschewski (Violin), Jon Titmus (French Horn),
Paul Loredo (French Horn), Stewart Horn (Oboe)
Conductor:  Jeff von der Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest Chamber Music Society
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1996; USA 
Length: 22 Minutes 6 Secs. 
39.
Fugues (5) for String Quartet "Sir Blue Slips a Trend" by Frederick Lesemann
Performer:  Jan Karlin (Viola), Amy Sims (Violin), Agnes Gottschewski (Violin),
Marilyn Harris-Bardet (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 17 Minutes 59 Secs. 
40.
Doubles for Viola and Horn by Frederick Lesemann
Performer:  Jan Karlin (Viola), Jeff von der Schmidt (French Horn)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 4 Secs. 
41.
Duo for Horn and Piano by Frederick Lesemann
Performer:  Susan Svrcek (Piano), Jeff von der Schmidt (French Horn)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 14 Minutes 6 Secs. 
42.
Echoes from the Silent Call of Girona by Morton Subotnick
Performer:  Agnes Gottschewski (Violin), Christine Frank (Violin), Jan Karlin (Viola),
Maggie Edmondson (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
Length: 26 Minutes 51 Secs. 
43.
The Fluttering of Wings by Morton Subotnick
Performer:  Maggie Edmondson (Cello), Jan Karlin (Viola), Christine Frank (Violin),
Agnes Gottschewski (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; USA 
Length: 21 Minutes 18 Secs. 
44.
Soliloquy for Horn solo by Richard Derby
Performer:  Jeff von der Schmidt (French Horn)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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