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Avshalomov - Fabled Cities / Avshalomov, Portland Youth Po


Release Date: 08/25/1998 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 296   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jacob Avshalomov
Performer:  Tom Lawson McCallMara Stahl
Conductor:  Jacob Avshalomov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon State University ChoirLewis & Clark College ChoirPortland State College Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

City Upon a Hill and Inscriptions at the City of Brass are both for Chorus and Orchestra. City Upon a Hill was commissioned by the Boston Winterfest of 1965 where it received a terrible performance. Ten years later during the Bicentennial celebrations it was performed with the Portland Youth Orchestra and the Governor of Oregon as the speaker. The reviewer for the Portland Oregonian called it a work of "moving beauty." Inscriptions At the City of Brass was premiered by the Schola Cantorum of New York under Hugh Ross, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1957, with Vera Zorina as Sheherezad. Avshalomov began work on his Symphony: The Oregon in Portland in 1960 and it was completed there in 1962. Between these dates much of the Read more music was written in Munich where the composer was on sabbatical. The premiere was given by the Portland Youth Symphony. On this disc we hear only the third and fourth movements. Up at Timberline has an unusual history. It was commissioned by the Friends of Timberline to note the Lodge's 50th anniversary. Situated on the slopes of magnificent Mt. Hood, the Lodge is one of the most enduring projects of the WPA (Works Progress Administration). It was dedicated in 1937 by President Roosevelt. It was premiered in 1987 at the Lodge. - Albany Records

"...two symphonic pieces celebrating Oregon landscape and history. A native of China and a student of Copland and Toch, Jacob Avshalomov has a Coplandesque open sound combined with an exotic oriental flavor based on his own non-Western scales and colors....Not the least of the album's pleasure is the composer's witty, self-deprecating notes..." - American Record Guide

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Works on This Recording

1.
City upon a Hill by Jacob Avshalomov
Performer:  Tom Lawson McCall (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Jacob Avshalomov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon State University Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1964 
2.
Inscriptions at the City of Brass by Jacob Avshalomov
Performer:  Mara Stahl ()
Conductor:  Jacob Avshalomov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oregon State University Choir,  Lewis & Clark College Choir,  Portland State College Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956 
3.
Symphony "The Oregon": The Rose by Jacob Avshalomov
Conductor:  Jacob Avshalomov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland Youth Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
4.
Symphony "The Oregon": The Glistening City by Jacob Avshalomov
Conductor:  Jacob Avshalomov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland Youth Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
5.
Up at Timberline: The Action by Jacob Avshalomov
Conductor:  Jacob Avshalomov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland Youth Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 

Sound Samples

City Upon a Hill
Inscriptions at the City of Brass, "1001 Nights"
Symphony, "The Oregon": III. The Rose
Symphony, "The Oregon": IV. The Glistening City
Up At Timberline: III. The Action

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