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Adler: Choose Life, Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Koch, Et Al

Release Date: 04/20/1999 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 328   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel Adler
Performer:  Wilbur MorelandPatricia MaloneGreg SauerStephen Redfield,   ... 
Conductor:  Timothy Koch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Mississippi University Chamber EnsembleSouthern Mississippi University Symphony OrchestraSouthern Mississippi University Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Samuel Adler was born in Mannheim, Germany, on March 4, 1928. A prominent and important educator, Adler has enjoyed what might be called the patronage of the American University, which is the 20th century equivalent of the 17th century's church and the 18th century's court. Just as composers in the past often owed their allegiance to and drew their salaries from religious leaders or noblemen, so a large number of professional composers today are employed by colleges and universities, where they have many duties besides writing music. Adler's career is typical. In addition to being the creator of over 400 published works, he has also been a teacher, administrator, and author of textbooks. In 1966 he became Professor of Composition at the Read more Eastman School, a position from which he recently retired; in 1974 he became chairman of the Composition Department; in 1984 he was named Mentor of the University of Rochester. He has published books on orchestration, musicianship, and choral conducting. And, like his counterparts two and three centuries ago, he is an accomplished conductor. Acrostics is a concerto for harpsichord, flute, oboe, clarinet, violin and cello. The work was written in 1985 as a Christmas present for the composer's good friends Barbara Harbach and Thomas George. Harbach had been performing the Harpsichord Concerto by DeFalla and Adler wanted to write a companion piece for that work for the same combination of instruments. The work was premiered in the fall of 1986 by Barbara Harbach, harpsichord, and members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Buffalo, New York. The Second Piano Concerto was commissioned by the Friends of Today's Music for the Music Teachers Association of California for the 100th Anniversary of the organization in 1997 and premiered at their convention in San Francisco July 7, 1997. Choose Life , written in the summer of 1986, was commissioned by Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. It is a celebration of life. Read less

Works on This Recording

Acrostics by Samuel Adler
Performer:  Wilbur Moreland (Clarinet), Patricia Malone (Oboe), Greg Sauer (Cello),
Stephen Redfield (Violin), Sharon Lebsack (Flute), Dana Ragsdale (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Mississippi University Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Length: 15 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Concerto for Piano no 2 by Samuel Adler
Performer:  Alan Feinberg (Piano)
Conductor:  Timothy Koch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Mississippi University Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Length: 24 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Choose Life by Samuel Adler
Performer:  Don Frazure (Tenor), Mary Creswell (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Timothy Koch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Mississippi University Symphony Orchestra,  Southern Mississippi University Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986; USA 
Length: 28 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: English 

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