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Louis Karchin: To The Sun & Stars

Karchin / Karchin / Orch Of The League Of Composer
Release Date: 09/09/2014 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9437   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis Karchin
Performer:  Thomas MeglioranzaSharon HarmsMary MacKenzieEric Sedgwick
Conductor:  Louis Karchin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Of The League Of ComposersEkmelesDa Capo Chamber Players
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album presents vocal works by New York’s Louis Karchin. Of the disc, critic Robert Carl writes: “Karchin is a quintessentially American composer. When one listens to the bold opening gestures of such works as American Visions and Gods of Winter, one hears a spirit that loves space, great open sounds and the drama of contrasts between large and small, vast and intimate. This is a spirit unafraid to combine clear and simple sounds evocative of the past with those that emerge from contemporary complexity.” The superb American baritone, Thomas Meglioranza leads a cast of singers, ensembles and orchestra, conducted by the composer. This album presents vocal works by New York’s Louis Karchin. Of the disc, critic Robert Carl writes: “Karchin is a quintessentially American composer. When one listens to the bold opening gestures of such works as American Visions and Gods of Winter, one hears a spirit that loves space, great open sounds and the drama of contrasts between large and small, vast and intimate. This is a spirit unafraid to combine clear and simple sounds evocative of the past with those that emerge from contemporary complexity.” The superb American baritone, Thomas Meglioranza leads a cast of singers, ensembles and orchestra, conducted by the composer. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
American Visions by Louis Karchin
Performer:  Thomas Meglioranza (Baritone)
Conductor:  Louis Karchin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra Of The League Of Composers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
2.
To the Stars by Louis Karchin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ekmeles
3.
The Gods of Winter by Louis Karchin
Performer:  Thomas Meglioranza (Baritone)
Conductor:  Louis Karchin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Capo Chamber Players
4.
A Way Separate... by Louis Karchin
Performer:  Sharon Harms (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Da Capo Chamber Players
5.
To The Sun by Louis Karchin
Performer:  Mary MacKenzie (Mezzo Soprano), Eric Sedgwick (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

Customer Reviews

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 Worth the effort October 23, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "I had to listen to this collection of Louis Karchin's vocal music several times before I really felt I understand what was going on and could then evaluate it fairly. That's a shortcoming on my part, but I will say that the exercise was not without reward. For the most part, Karchin sets his texts in a very declamatory style. The melodies tend to skip around quite a bit. My impression is that Karchin wants to avoid any hint of traditional melody to keep the listener focused on the words and their message. There are plenty of academic composers who do the same thing, but what sets Karchin's music apart is the imaginative ways he uses the instruments that accompany the voices. Karchin has a talent for combining instruments in unusual -- but not outre -- ways to create a sense of otherworldliness. It's most effective in his works for voice and chamber ensemble (like A Way Separate and the gods of Winter). But it's part of what makes American visions work so well. Personally, I found Karchin's music to be an acquired taste. But it's one I'm glad to have developed." Report Abuse
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