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Schlenck: Raise The Self By The Self, Life Of All Lives


Release Date: 01/28/2003 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 550   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Schlenck
Performer:  Sergei Aksenov
Conductor:  Timothy Mount
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony OrchestraMoscow New Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

John Schlenck was born in Indianapolis and graduated at the age of 21 from the Eastman School. He then moved to New York City where he soon discovered his affinity with Indian thought and joined the Vedanta Society of New York. Serving as its music director since 1961, Schlenck has composed many songs and a number of larger works with Vedantic and other spiritual texts. Hindu texts have inspired Western composers from at least the time of Gustav Holst - Hymns from the Rig Veda (1908-1912) - and John Alden Carpenter - Gitanjali (Song Offerings) (1914), based on the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore's poetry. The entire libretto of Philip Glass' opera Satyagraha (1980) was taken from the Bhagavad Gita, in the original Sanskrit. Likewise John Read more Schlenck's Raise the Self by the Self, composed in 1986, is set to a text adapted from the Bhagavad Gita by William A. Conrad, Erik Johns and John Schlenck and Life of All Lives composed in 2000 is based on a text from the Bhagavad Gita translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Raise the Self by the Self by John Schlenck
Performer:  Sergei Aksenov (Baritone)
Conductor:  Timothy Mount
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow New Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986 
2. Life of All Lives by John Schlenck
Conductor:  Timothy Mount
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian State Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow New Choir
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Raise the Self by the Self: Prologue: Behold the Kurus assembled ... (Chorus)
Raise the Self by the Self: Arjuna's Anguish: Krishna, unchanging guide of my life (Baritone, Chorus)
Raise the Self by the Self: The Eternal Self: Arjuna, your words seem wise (Chorus)
Raise the Self by the Self: Duty and Karma-Yoga: See also the nature of your own mind (Chorus)
Raise the Self by the Self: The Illumined Seer: Realize God in this life? Is it possible? (Baritone, Chorus)
Raise the Self by the Self: One's Own Path: Krishna, you speak of a state of bliss beyond all action (Baritone, Chorus)
Raise the Self by the Self: The Cause of Evil: Krishna, what is it that makes a person evil (Baritone, Chorus)
Raise the Self by the Self: Meditation: Krishna, you describe a life of self-conquest, evenness of temper (Baritone, Chorus)
Life of All Lives: The Cosmos
Life of All Lives: The Gift

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