WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Libby Larsen: String Symphony No 4, Songs From Letters, Etc


Release Date: 06/27/2000 
Label:  Koch International Classics Catalog #: 7481   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Libby Larsen
Performer:  Benita Valente
Conductor:  Joel Revzen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

This title is currently unavailable.



Notes and Editorial Reviews


An ascending melodic figure at the beginning of Libby Larsen's Fourth symphony unlocks the door to a shimmering string passage, in turn replaced by an arresting lyrical cello melody. From that point on, one wonder after another unfolds. It is no surprise to find that the composer has titled this movement "Elegance", nor, as one lovely exposed melodic line twines with another, to discover that the next one is called "Beauty Alone". The final movement is a bracing antidote. Though still lyrical, it is involved primarily with "Ferocious Rhythm". This beautiful, winning composition alone would be reason enough to purchase this CD, but the disc also contains two amazing song
Read more cycles.


Songs of Light and Love is based on the luminous poetry of May Sarton, and Songs From Letters on the writings of Calamity Jane. The latter was one of the bigger-than-life characters of the Western frontier, who dressed like a man and claimed to have borne a child to Wild Bill Hickok. The texts for this song cycle, which are taken from letters written to her daughter, present a three-dimensional portrait that reveals that Calamity was tough but not devoid of feeling or sentiment. Benita Valente sings the vocal cycles with clear, pure tone and an excellent understanding of the words. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra plays well through the whole disc, and the recorded sound is well balanced. The String Symphony sounds rich and full, yet lean enough that the melodic lines are clean as can be.
--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 for Strings by Libby Larsen
Conductor:  Joel Revzen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 23 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Songs of Light and Love by Libby Larsen
Performer:  Benita Valente (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Revzen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 17 Minutes 34 Secs. 
3.
Songs from Letters by Libby Larsen
Performer:  Benita Valente (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Revzen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1999 
Venue:  City Hall, Glasgow, Scotland 
Length: 13 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title