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Kim: Excercises En Route, Now And Then, Dear Linda, Etc


Release Date: 04/24/2001 
Label:  New World Records   Catalog #: 80561   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Earl Kim
Performer:  Mieko Take-MendezYuri KonjeRobert SchulzScott Yoo,   ... 
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Earl Kim (1920-98), born in California to Korean immigrant parents, studied music at Los Angeles and Berkeley, where he received instruction from Arnold Schoenberg, Ernest Bloch, and Roger Sessions. But rather than follow the path of complexity set by his teachers, Kim instead developed his own simpler but nonetheless powerfully moving compositional style and went on to achieve international stature as an important and highly original voice in late-20th century American music. His work is deeply influenced by the experiences of his life; whether flying over the remains of Nagasaki the day after its bombing or visiting a Japanese stone garden, these and many other personal events find their way into Kim's music.


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Read more disc opens with the arrestingly willful vocal gymnastics of Exercises en Route (1963-70), based on the sometimes austere poems of Samuel Beckett. The longest of these, "Rattling on", lives up to its title as the singer spews out continuous stream-of-consciousness prose, and it's amazing how Kim's musical line exactly matches the broken rhythms, hesitations, and impulsive surges of real speech. The song ends with an extended vocalise performed with amazing skill, breath control, and pitch accuracy by Benita Valente. Now and Then (1981), a deeply felt work reflecting Kim's reaction to nuclear war, states its quietly passionate protest in achingly poignant and lyrical strains, touchingly rendered by Karol Bennett accompanied by delicate musings on flute, harp, and strings.


Three Poems in French (1989) are Kim's commentaries on three settings by Debussy, and explore paths not taken by the French master. Bennett's ethereally beautiful singing makes each song a dream-like experience in this highly impressionistic atmosphere, sharpened by Kim's spare and translucent instrumental textures. Finally, Dear Linda (1993), prefaced by a dramatic extended introduction on piano, flute, and cello, is a straight read of an almost painfully intimate letter from Anne Sexton to her daughter (narrated with unmitigated honesty by Eva Kim). Earl Kim's music probably will be new to most collectors, but this well-planned program, given in bracingly colorful and involving performances (and recorded in clear, full-bodied sound), makes for a fascinating and not easily forgettable introduction.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Excercises en Route by Earl Kim
Performer:  Mieko Take-Mendez (Clarinet), Yuri Konje (Percussion), Robert Schulz (Percussion),
Scott Yoo (Violin), Alexis Pia Gerlach (Cello), Jean DeMart (Flute),
Peggy Pearson (Oboe), Benita Valente (Soprano)
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963-1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  New England Conservatory, Boston, MA 
Length: 28 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Now and Then by Earl Kim
Performer:  Jean DeMart (Flute), Erica Kritzer (Harp), Karol Bennet (Soprano),
Henry Lee (Viola)
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  New England Conservatory, Boston, MA 
Length: 7 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Poems (3) in French by Earl Kim
Performer:  Karol Bennet (Soprano), Jennifer Gilbert (Violin), Scott Yoo (Violin),
Henry Lee (Viola)
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  New England Conservatory, Boston, MA 
Length: 13 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
Dear Linda by Earl Kim
Performer:  Melvin Chen (Piano), Eva Kim (Spoken Vocals), Alexis Pia Gerlach (Cello),
Jean DeMart (Flute), Yuri Konje (Percussion)
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Venue:  New England Conservatory, Boston, MA 
Length: 10 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 

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