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Moryl: Das Lied; Levy: Symphony No 11 / Degaetani, Et Al


Release Date: 11/28/2000 
Label:  Opus One   Catalog #: 182   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Richard MorylErnst Levy
Performer:  Jan DeGaetani
Conductor:  Gerard SchwarzDavid Oberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Contemporary EnsemblePolish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Richard Moryl was born in Newark, N.J. and attended Columbia and Brandeis Universities and the Hochschule for Music in Berlin. He was the founder and artistic director of the New England Contemporary Ensemble. His Das Lied was commissioned by the American Artist Series of Michigan to celebrate the American Bicentennial and was premiered on February 8, 1976. Today, Moryl resides in Charleston, S.C. where he is active as a composer, performer, photographer and painter. He is the contemporary music coordinator for the Piccolo Spoleto Arts Festival each spring.

Of the 11th Symphony by his father, Ernst Levy, composer and author Frank Ezra Levy has written: "The year was 1949. At the time, my father was living alone in
Read more Chicago, between wives and between symphonies. He had recently moved there from Bennington, Vermont, where he had taught at Bennington College. Now, at the behest of Robert Maynard Hutchins, the President of the University of Chicago, my father was a newly appointed adjunct professor at the university. He began the 11th Symphony in the spring and finished it in New York on July 17th." When the conductor Fritz Reiner was shown a copy of the 11th Symphony, he dismissed it as "just a lot of dry fugues," a remark worthy of inclusion in Slonimsky's Dictionary of Musical Invectives. Slonimsky and Levy were old friends. The work has never been performed until now.
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Works on This Recording

1. Das Lied by Richard Moryl
Performer:  Jan DeGaetani (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Contemporary Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1976; USA 
2. Symphony no 11 by Ernst Levy
Conductor:  David Oberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 

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