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Ran: Excursions, Fantasy Variations, Etc / The Peabody Trio


Release Date: 05/28/2002 
Label:  New World Records   Catalog #: 80554   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Shulamit Ran
Performer:  Natasha BrofskyViolaine MelanconThomas KrainesSeth Knopp
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Trio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Shulamit Ran was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. Her early compositional studies began with Israeli composer, Alexander Uriah Bosckovich, from whom she learned harmony, counterpoint and orchestration. Perhaps he is in part responsible for Ran's intricate and cerebral rhythmic sensibility - for her orchestrational study started with the percussion section. She also studied with Paul Ben-Haim, Israel's most important composer at that time, before moving to the United States with her mother at age 14. Awarded a full scholarship from the Mannes College of Music in New York, and the American Israel Cultural Foundation, the young composer worked with Norman Dello Joio at Mannes while simultaneously completing her high school education by Read more correspondence. Her principal piano teachers were Dorothy Taubman and Nadia Reisenberg. Upon completion of degrees in piano performance and composition in 1967, she toured extensively and played her Concert Piece for piano and orchestra in 1971 with the Israel Philharmonic. It was shortly after this point that her music came to the attention of Ralph Shapey, composer and new music apologist at the University of Chicago. The UC music department offered Ran a faculty position in 1973 - before she had even interviewed. She is still employed at the University of Chicago, teaching composition and chamber music. In 1990, Daniel Barenboim appointed her composer-in-residence for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; a position she held for seven seasons. In 1991, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Fantasy Variations for Cello solo by Shulamit Ran
Performer:  Natasha Brofsky (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979/1984; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/15/2001 
Venue:  Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC 
Length: 14 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1979 
2. Soliloquy by Shulamit Ran
Performer:  Violaine Melancon (Violin), Thomas Kraines (Cello), Seth Knopp (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC 
Length: 8 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3. Verticals by Shulamit Ran
Performer:  Seth Knopp (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/15/2001 
Venue:  Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC 
Length: 17 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4. Excursions by Shulamit Ran
Performer:  Violaine Melancon (Violin), Thomas Kraines (Cello), Seth Knopp (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peabody Trio
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC 
Length: 20 Minutes 6 Secs. 

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