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Kupferman: Orchestral Music Vol Xiv - Icon Symphony, Etc


Release Date: 04/30/2002 
Label:  Soundspells Productions   Catalog #: 133   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Meyer Kupferman
Performer:  Roberto LimonJeanne BenjaminSamuel BaronGilbert Kalish,   ... 
Conductor:  Meyer KupfermanPaul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony OrchestraAmerican Brass Quintet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

About the music on these CDs, Meyer Kupferman writes: "While I was engaged in the final stages of editing Elegy for the Vanished, tragedy struck on September 11 at the World Trade Center in New York City. The world as I knew it stopped and changed forever. I could no longer do my normal things of life or think about anything other than the terrible sadness of the event. Finally, in coming back to this recording project, I felt an overwhelming need to make its dedication a memorial tribute to the more than 3000 innocent lives that were taken that day. My Icon Symphony is in four short movements, each representing a philosophical orchestral image, like a Credo in four parts. Stanley and Naomi Drucker had been playing my clarinet music for Read more years when they arranged a commission, by the Nassau Symphony and conductor Andrew Schenk, for a double concerto for two clarinets and orchestra in 1991. The work was dedicated to the memory of Leon Russianoff, the teacher of all three (since Andrew Schenk was also a clarinetist). Being a clarinetist myself, I was truly inspired by the potential of the double clarinet commission. My Brass Quintet is a three movement strict serial piece. A disguised jazz current flows throughout the texture of these three movements. The true form, however, emerges in classical design. My Chamber Concerto, along with such orchestral works as my Fourth Symphony, Lyric Symphony and Libretto for Orchestra, represents one of my early (1955) investigations into large, free-shaped one-movement forms. Composed specifically for my dear friend Samuel Baron, it represented a virtuosic challenge and a compliment to this brilliant artist. The piece is essentially rhapsodic in design, and exhibits a strong jazz impulse in its rhythmic language". Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Elegy for the Vanished by Meyer Kupferman
Performer:  Roberto Limon (Guitar)
Conductor:  Meyer Kupferman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  ICN Polyart, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 35 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Icon symphony by Meyer Kupferman
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  ICN Polyart, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 25 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Quintet for Brass by Meyer Kupferman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Brass Quintet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1970; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  ICN Polyart, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 10 Minutes 41 Secs. 
4.
Chamber Concerto for Flute, Piano and String Quartet by Meyer Kupferman
Performer:  Jeanne Benjamin (Violin), Samuel Baron (Flute), Gilbert Kalish (Piano),
Isidore Cohen (Violin), Harry Zaratzian (Viola), Michael Rudiakov (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1955; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  ICN Polyart, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 26 Minutes 22 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for 2 Clarinets by Meyer Kupferman
Performer:  Naomi Drucker (Clarinet), Stanley Drucker (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Paul Freeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1991/2000; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/2000 
Venue:  ICN Polyart, Prague, Czech Republic 
Length: 18 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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