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 HarounRead 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) Read less
Works on This Recording
The Haroun Songbookby 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).
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Gabby Verbiage a Distraction, Music Top-NotchOctober 11, 2012By E. Barnes (Herndon, 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