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Rorem: Miss Julie, Etc / David Agler, Et Al


Release Date: 06/28/2005 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 761/62   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ned Rorem
Performer:  Lishir InbarFiona MurphyBrenden GunnellJacqueline Bolier,   ... 
Conductor:  David Agler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Curtis Symphony OrchestraCurtis Institute Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What a coup it is to have this significant live performance from 2003 performed by the music department at Curtis Institute where Ned Rorem first studied in the 1940's and has been a faculty member for over 20 years! As a major addition to the opera, we have a new work, Aftermath, where Rorem, as have so many other composers over the past four years, responds to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. As Rorem writes, "In the wake of the September 11th shock, I asked what a thousand other composers must have asked: what is the point of music now? But it soon grew clear that music was the only point. Indeed, the future will judge us, as it always judges the past, by our art more than our armies- by construction more than by Read more destruction. The art, no matter its theme or language, by definition reflects the time: a waltz in a moment of tragedy, or a dirge during prosperity, may come into focus only a century later. As a Quaker, I was raised to believe that there is no alternative to peace. Perhaps it's wrong, perhaps right, but I am not ashamed of this belief..." Rorem, born in 1923, is one of our great lyrical composers, described by Time magazine as the world's greatest composer of songs. His output encompasses far more than that, of course: three symphonies, four piano concertos, chamber music, other works for orchestra, all of which display a wealth of melody and a distinctive, unique instrumental sound (listen sometime to the Symphony No.2, whose brief second movement is essentially an instrumental song). Rorem's prowess as a vocal writer (and author of 14 books) lead him, naturally, to this adaptation of the classic play by August Strindberg, presented here in a remarkable, vivid performance and recording.

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Works on This Recording

1. Miss Julie by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Lishir Inbar (Soprano), Fiona Murphy (Mezzo Soprano), Brenden Gunnell (Tenor),
Jacqueline Bolier (Soprano), Howard Reddy (Baritone), Charles Unice (Baritone),
Joslin Romphf (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Agler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Curtis Symphony Orchestra,  Curtis Institute Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/07/2003 
Venue:  Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, PA 
Length: 86 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Aftermath by Ned Rorem
Performer:  José Maria Blumenschein (Violin), Nicholas Canellakis (Cello), James Kee (Baritone),
Mikael Eliasen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 10/25/2004 
Venue:  Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute, Ph 
Length: 27 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: USA (2001 - 2002). 

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