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Schafer: Letters From Mignon / Pauk, James, Et Al


Release Date: 06/05/2007 
Label:  Atma Classique   Catalog #: 2553   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  R. Murray Schafer
Performer:  Eleanor James
Conductor:  Alex Pauk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Espirit Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This recording is our gift to those who would know what love would accomplish."

Canada's preeminent composer and renaissance man R. Murray Schafer wrote this dedication for 'Letters from Mignon', a new ATMA recording of his works composed for mezzo-soprano Eleanor James. The program consists of three works spanning more than 30 years: 'Letters from Mignon', 'Minnelieder' and 'Thunder: Perfect Mind'. Each piece bears witness to aspects of the enduring artistic and romantic relationship between Schafer and James. 'Letters from Mignon' is performed by James with The Esprit Orchestra, founded by conductor/composer Alex Pauk in 1983 - the same year James and Schafer first met.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Letters from Mignon by R. Murray Schafer
Performer:  Eleanor James (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alex Pauk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Espirit Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; Canada 
Length: 26 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Thunder: Perfect Mind by R. Murray Schafer
Performer:  Eleanor James (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alex Pauk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Espirit Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; Canada 
Length: 12 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Minnelieder by R. Murray Schafer
Performer:  Eleanor James (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alex Pauk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Espirit Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 37 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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