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Milken Archive - Wyner: The Mirror, Etc / Wyner, Et Al

Release Date: 05/18/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559423   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Yehudi Wyner
Performer:  Yehudi WynerRichard StoltzmanRobert SchulzDaniel Stepner,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Mirror, a play by Isaac Bashevis Singer, explores the interior life of a Jewish woman living in a small eastern European town. The surrealistic plot mixes themes of sexual repression and fantasy, presided over by a demon who haunts the woman’s mirror. Yehudi Wyner, one of America's leading composers, has created evocative music for The Mirror, inspired by various Jewish traditions—from secular folk and religious song to the music of klezmer bands. Wyner's Suite from The Mirror, his moving Passover Offering, and the folklore-inspired Tants un Maysele (Dance and Little Story) are featured here in world-premiere recordings by acclaimed soloists.

WINNER: 2005 Grammy Award to David Frost – “Producer of the Year, Classical” for
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NOMINEE: 2005 GRAMMY Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance (with or without conductor)

“Wyner’s musical setting is wonderfully evocative of the klezmer and shtetl atmosphere of an Eastern European village... I was quite taken with The Mirror...more so with Tants un Maysele.” — Jerry Dubins, Fanfare

“...there’s almost always some imaginative stroke that surprises me. Furthermore, Wyner exhibits great range of expression and idiom. Some of his pieces graciously let a listener in... [The Mirror] Wyner’s compositional imagination works on high here... The music often sounds satisfyingly full, a tribute to his craft as well as to his poetry... Every number gets its grip on you. I especially liked the ‘Flight’ music, largely a duet between melody instruments. Yet you never think the composer has short-changed you. I also like the wedding song — beautiful and tender. Wyner, married to a virtuoso singer, certainly knows how to write for voice. The song is a honey... [Passover Offering] Again, Wyner comes up with an unusual ensemble—flute, clarinet, trombone and bass—and makes it work... This is a work of large Romantic sensibility, with a ‘narrative’ very easy followed... The textures and structures are song-like or dance-like, while the sensibility is both a bit off-balance and on edge. The Mirror expresses itself more directly, but Passover Offering plumbs more deeply... [Tants un Maysele] I really like the dance, not least because I like rhythmic music. The maysele...has some very beautiful, rather melancholy moments... The recorded sound is quite fine.” — Steve Schwartz, ClassicalCDReview.com

“[The Mirror] This is appealing ‘roots’ music, surveying idioms of the play’s time and place, but not reproducing them... In his music, Wyner achieves a complementary tone and texture: affectionate, critical, mystified, funny, and a little terrifying. The klezmer clarinet part is played with virtuoso abandon by Richard Stoltzman... [Passover Offering and Tants un Maysele]...excellent performers...” — Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

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Works on This Recording

The Mirror by Yehudi Wyner
Performer:  Yehudi Wyner (Spoken Vocals), Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), Robert Schulz (Percussion),
Daniel Stepner (Violin), Yehudi Wyner (Piano), Matthew Kirchner (Tenor),
Richard Lalli (Baritone), James Guttman (Double Bass), Judi Brown Kirchner (Mezzo Soprano),
Carol Meyer (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972-1973; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 28 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Passover Offering by Yehudi Wyner
Performer:  Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet), David Taylor (Bass Trombone), Carol Wincenc (Flute),
Ronald Thomas (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1999 
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts 
Length: 18 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Tants un Maysele by Yehudi Wyner
Performer:  Daniel Stepner (Violin), Jennifer Langham (Cello), Bruce Creditor (Clarinet),
Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1992 
Venue:  Slosberg Hall, Brandeis University, Mass 
Length: 13 Minutes 34 Secs. 

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