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Kraft: Kennedy Portrait, Etc / Polivnick, Shea, Et Al


Release Date: 05/27/2003 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 561   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William Kraft
Performer:  Jane ManningJohn Shea
Conductor:  Paul Polivnick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic OrchestraCzech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Settings from Pierrot Lunaire (1987-90) was commissioned by the Arnold Schoenberg Institute in honor of the 75th anniversary of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire (1912). In connection with a conference at the Arnold Schoenberg Institute to celebrate the 75th anniversary, Leonard Stein, the director of the Institute conceived a project that would provide a more lasting commemoration: "The commissioning of musical settings of the other 29 poems of the Pierrot cycle not included in the original 21 of Schoenberg's work." The performing ensemble would be the same. The orchestration of Settings from Pierrot Lunaire took place over a period of five years, 1990-94. The work was recorded for this CD on October 21, 2001. Vintage Renaissance (1989) was Read more first performed on June 10, 1989 by the Boston Pops with John Williams conducting. In the 1980s, the Boston Pops Orchestra started on a project of commissioning new works as well as special arrangements from Broadway, film and the popular music world. Among those serious composers commissioned to write new works were Peter Maxwell Davies, Oliver Knussen, Joseph Schwantner, John Adams and William Kraft. The Symphony of Sorrows was given its first performance by Gerard Schwartz and the Seattle Symphony in 1995. A Kennedy Portrait (Contextures III) was commissioned by the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of President Kennedy. Its conductor, Ben Zander was the person who commissioned the work and gave it its first performance on November 19, 1988. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Settings from Pierrot Lunaire by William Kraft
Performer:  Jane Manning (Soprano)
Conductor:  Paul Polivnick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987-1990; USA 
2.
Contextures III "A Kennedy Portrait" by William Kraft
Performer:  John Shea (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Paul Polivnick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; USA 
3.
Vintage Renaissance by William Kraft
Conductor:  Paul Polivnick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
4.
Symphony of Sorrows by William Kraft
Conductor:  Paul Polivnick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; USA 

Sound Samples

Settings from Pierrot lunaire: I. Prelude
Settings from Pierrot lunaire: II. Feerie (A Fairy Landscape)
Settings from Pierrot lunaire: III. Interlude I
Settings from Pierrot lunaire: IV. Mein Bruder
Settings from Pierrot lunaire: V. Interlude II
Settings from Pierrot lunaire: VI. Harlequinade
Settings from Pierrot lunaire: VII. Interlude III: Fantasmagoria
Settings from Pierrot lunaire: VIII. Selbstmord
Vintage Renaissance
Symphony of Sorrows: I. Lento
Symphony of Sorrows: II. Allegro molto
Symphony of Sorrows: III. Lento
A Kennedy Portrait

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