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Neva Pilgrim Sings Music Of Krenek, Et Al / Rochberg, Et Al


Release Date: 10/12/1999 
Label:  Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog #: 817   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ernst KrenekRichard WernickGeorge RochbergR. Murray Schafer
Performer:  William NicholsRobert RozekCordula RosowJohn Dexter,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard Wernick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madison QuartetContemporary Chamber Players University of Chicago
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Soprano Neva Pilgrim is a great champion of contemporary music and each of her recitals is a fascinating journey into this under performed vocal repertoire. This disc features songs and song cycles by some of the most provocative composers of our age. Ernst Krenek composed over 200 works in a variety of styles, his 'Trois Chansons,' Op.30a, set to poetry of Emile Verhaeren, is scored for soprano, clarinet and string quartet. Pilgrim sang in the U.S. premiere of the work and it's clearly a piece she has mastered. Her dark-hued voice shimmers against the accompaniment as she brings something exotic and mysterious to these works. On a much larger scale is R. Murray Schafer's 'Requiem for the Party-Girl.' The work is a cycle of connected arias Read more documenting the mental collapse and suicide of a young woman. The piece is a frightening and brilliantly conceived portrait of despair that rivals Schoenberg's 'Erwartung.' Pilgrim delivers a tour de force, shifting from long passages of hypnotic sprechstimme to full voice singing. This is a challenging and rewarding exploration of contemporary vocal music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Chansons (3), Op. 30a by Ernst Krenek
Performer:  William Nichols (Clarinet), Robert Rozek (Violin), Cordula Rosow (Violin),
John Dexter (Viola), Stephen Stalker (Cello), Neva Pilgrim (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madison Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Switzerland 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Venue:  Ithaca, New York 
Length: 9 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
2. Haiku of Basho by Richard Wernick
Performer:  Neva Pilgrim (Soprano), Andrea Swan (Piano), Marie Moulton (Piccolo),
Marie Moulton (Flute), Marie Moulton (Alto Flute), Michael Geller (Double Bass),
Elliott Golub (Violin), Edward Poremba (Percussion), Terry Applebaum (Percussion),
Stanley Davis (Clarinet), Stanley Davis (Bass Clarinet)
Conductor:  Richard Wernick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Contemporary Chamber Players University of Chicago
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1972 
Venue:  Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 10 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Japanese 
3. Songs (14) in Praise of Krishna by George Rochberg
Performer:  George Rochberg (Piano), Neva Pilgrim (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1972 
Length: 33 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. Zeit-Lieder (2), Op. 215 by Ernst Krenek
Performer:  Stephen Stalker (Cello), Neva Pilgrim (Soprano), Robert Rozek (Violin),
Cordula Rosow (Violin), John Dexter (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madison Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Venue:  Ithaca, New York 
Length: 7 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This work includes a part for prerecorded tape. 
5. Requiems for the Party-Girl by R. Murray Schafer
Performer:  Elizabeth Cifani (Harp), Thomas Siwe (Percussion), Neva Pilgrim (Soprano),
Jan Herlinger (Flute), Jan Herlinger (Piccolo), Stanley Davis (Clarinet),
Stanley Davis (Bass Clarinet), Paul Ondracek (French Horn), John Cobb (Piano),
Elliott Golub (Violin), Arnold Sklar (Viola), Roger Malitz (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966; USA 
Length: 15 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: English 

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