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Gotham Ensemble Plays Ned Rorem - End Of Summer, Etc


Release Date: 06/25/2002 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 520   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ned Rorem
Performer:  Thomas PiercyRolf SchulteDelores StevensJudith Olson,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gotham Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...intuitively beautiful lines that coexist happily with complex modernism...thought-provoking and emotive."

-- NewMusicBox.org

Ned Rorem composed his End of Summer during the late summer of 1985 in Nantucket. "The trio follows in the wake of my septet, Scenes from Childhood. The pieces are about the same length and are formed from souvenirs. But while the septet contained 12 movements describing geographical landmarks of my youth, the trio is in but three, each suggested by musical works of yore. There are suggestions of Satie, Brahms, hopscotch ditties and Protestant anthems."

An Oboe Book was commissioned for the 30th anniversary of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society
Read more and premiered in July 1999 by the guest soloists on this CD.

Ariel, Five Poems of Sylvia Plath was composed in New York during May 1971 and was presented as a gift to Phyllis Curtin. The poems that make up the text are among Plath's last writings and vividly reflect that tumultuous period in her life and the suicide that soon ended it.

In assembling a set of songs for clarinet, double bass and piano, Gotham Ensemble music director Thomas Piercy asked composer Rorem if he had any songs whose vocal line seemed particularly suitable for the clarinet. Piercy wrote: "Ned suggested any number of his songs would be appropriate. Playing through more than fifty, we settled on the four heard here. After listening to a rehearsal in preparation for the recording, Rorem decided to title the set Four Poems without Words."
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Works on This Recording

1.
End of summer by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Thomas Piercy (Clarinet), Rolf Schulte (Violin), Delores Stevens (Piano),
Judith Olson (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gotham Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 21 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
An oboe book by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Delores Stevens (Piano), Humbert Lucarelli (Oboe)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 21 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Ariel by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Thomas Piercy (Clarinet), Angelina Réaux (Soprano), Delores Stevens (Piano),
Judith Olson (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gotham Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 16 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Poems (4) without words by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Delores Stevens (Piano), Thomas Piercy (Clarinet), Saskia Lane (Double Bass),
Judith Olson (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gotham Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 2001 
Venue:  Town Hall, New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Sound Samples

End of Summer: Remembrance of Things Past: I. Capriccio
End of Summer: Remembrance of Things Past: II. Fantasy
End of Summer: Remembrance of Things Past: III. Mazurka
An Oboe Book: No. 1. A Mirror
An Oboe Book: No. 2. Nine to Three
An Oboe Book: No. 3. Marriage Measures
An Oboe Book: No. 4. 77 Notes for Rose
An Oboe Book: No. 5. 60 Notes for Judy
An Oboe Book: No. 6. Sarabande for Jim
An Oboe Book: No. 7. Epitaph for Jim
An Oboe Book: No. 8. 7 Answers
An Oboe Book: No. 9. Until Next Time
Ariel: No. 1. Words
Ariel: No. 2. Poppies in July
Ariel: No. 3. Hanging Man
Ariel: No. 4. Poppies in October
Ariel: No. 5. Lady Lazarus
4 Poems Without Words: No. 1. Lullaby
4 Poems Without Words: No. 2. Far, Far Away
4 Poems Without Words: No. 3. Jeanie
4 Poems Without Words: No. 4. Full of Life Now

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