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Funk: Symphonies No 3 & 4 / Válek, Swoboda, Baeza, Stabler

Release Date: 06/01/1999 
Label:  Mmc Recordings   Catalog #: 2076   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eric Funk
Performer:  Anna Maria BaezaJudith Stabler
Conductor:  Vladimír VálekJerzy Swoboda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Radio OrchestraWarsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Erik Funk was born in Deer Lodge, Montana, into a family of professional musicians. His father was a tenor and choral director and his mother was a soprano. He studied composition with Tomas Svoboda and Sandor Veress at Portland State University and with Krzysztof Penderecki at Yale University. Since 1985, he has lived in Bozeman, Montana, where he is Music Director and Conductor of the Helena Symphony Orchestra. He also plays jazz and teaches in his private studio and at Montana State University. About his Symphony Number 3, the composer writes: "Despite its designation as a work for clarinet and orchestra, this work is not a concerto, but rather places the clarinet solo in the position of cantor. Somewhat programmatic, the work draws its Read more inspiration from the image of the ghost of a priest who views the city of Prague from a tower window at St. Vitus, the cathedral on the Hradcany Castle grounds. From this vantage point 600 years of oppression and occupation are observed, with the spirit of the Czech people always rising again, no matter how hard it is pressed down. The solo clarinet plays the part of a priest." About his Fourth Symphony, Funk writes: "In writing the Fourth Symphony, I was particularly inspired by the voice print of poet Amanda Aizpuriete captured in my memory from a reading of her works. This event was at the Kunstlerhaus at Schloss Wiepersdorf in Brandenburg in the summer of 1995. There, Ms. Aizpuriete shared an evening with Goethe Institute Director Joachim Sartorius. The striking difference between his interval of speech (approximately a minor third) and hers (a ninth) left a lasting impression, along with the contrast of a Tsvetayeva-like drama in her poetry." Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 3 for Clarinet and Orchestra "Hradcany" by Eric Funk
Performer:  Anna Maria Baeza (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Vladimír Válek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Radio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Symphony no 4 for Alto and Orchestra by Eric Funk
Performer:  Judith Stabler (Alto)
Conductor:  Jerzy Swoboda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 

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