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Charles Wuorinen: The Haroun Songbook / Bush, Et Al


Release Date: 05/25/2004 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 664   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Elizabeth FarnumEmily GoldenJames SchaffnerMichael Chioldi,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Taken from Wuorinen’s opera, this fascinating work is given a great performance.

Charles Wuorinen writes: “The Haroun Songbook is a collection of excerpts from my opera Haroun and the Sea of Stories (based on the novel by Salman Rushdie), rearranged for four singers and with a newly composed piano part. This latter is neither mere accompaniment nor a simple reduction of the original orchestral score, but rather a newly conceived virtuoso solo part. The selections are arranged so as to make the Songbook a complete independent piece, but for this recording we also include an outline of the plot of the underlying opera, which should help to place the individual pieces in the Songbook in their original context.” The Haroun
Read more Songbook was commissioned by Works and Process at the Guggenheim and was premiered on October 13 and 14, 2002 at the Guggenheim Museum, performed by the same cast heard in this recording.

REVIEW: "...a substantial contribution to the song literature, sung with lyricism and vivid characterizations." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
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Works on This Recording

1. The Haroun Songbook by Charles Wuorinen
Performer:  Elizabeth Farnum (Soprano), Emily Golden (Mezzo Soprano), James Schaffner (Tenor),
Michael Chioldi (Bass Baritone), Phillip Bush (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
Notes: Composition written: USA (2001 - 2002). 

Sound Samples

The Haroun Songbook: Part I: Zembla, Zenda, Xanadu (Soraya, Haroun)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: My father noticed none of this (Haroun)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: Oh I am the ocean of notions (Rashid)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: Excuse me if I mention (Mr. Sengupta)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: If I could catch those words I spoke (Haroun)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: Tell us a story (Chorus)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: Well, what's the use? (Rashid)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: I'm empowered (Mrs. Sengupta)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: We are two men (Rashid, Two Men)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: My fault again (Haroun)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: Get on the bus (Chorus, Butt)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: Soldiers everywhere (Haroun, Rashid)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: All the people will vote for me (Buttoo)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: The Moody Land (Haroun)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: Now means now (Iff)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: A person may choose what he cannot see (Iff)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: I wish (Haroun)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: An outlandish knight from the north country came (Princess, Haroun)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: On the far side of the moon (Iff, Butt)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: Now the lagoon is blue (Chorus)
The Haroun Songbook: Part I: War! (Chorus)
The Haroun Songbook: Part II: It's a Princess Rescue Story (Haroun, Rashid, Chorus)
The Haroun Songbook: Part II: What a chattering, clattering, quarreling crew (Haroun, Chorus)
The Haroun Songbook: Part II: Heart Shadow (Butt, Iff)
The Haroun Songbook: Part II: Hush for a moment (Chorus)
The Haroun Songbook: Part II: To the South Pole (Butt, Iff, Haroun, Bagha, Goopy, Mali)
The Haroun Songbook: Part II: Oh brave machine (Haroun)
The Haroun Songbook: Part II: Spies / You can't chop me (Khattam-shud, Mali)
The Haroun Songbook: Part II: I wish (Haroun)
The Haroun Songbook: Part II: War! (Chorus, Prince Bolo)
The Haroun Songbook: Part II: Batcheat's Song (Batcheat, Prince Bolo, Khattam-shud)
The Haroun Songbook: Part II: It's a Princess Rescue Story (Haroun, Chorus)
The Haroun Songbook: Part II: It's a Party! (Haroun, Rashid, Batcheat, Iff, Butt, Mali, Chorus)
The Haroun Songbook: Part II: Back Home (Soraya, Haroun, Butt, Rashid)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Gabby Verbiage a Distraction, Music Top-Notch October 11, 2012 By E. Barnes (Dunn Loring, VA) See All My Reviews "The music is invariably interesting (this is, after all, one of the finest composers of our time) and the performance impeccable. Phillip Bush's pianism may be particularly singled out for committed, flawless execution. The single drawback is the oddly rather pedestrian text, with its many distracting colloquialisms. Other discs of Charles Wuorinen's music may be more welcomingly uniformly hefty (if that's your cup of tea certainly), but this one shouldn't be passed up by any means." Report Abuse
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