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American Classics - Boyer: Ellis Island "Dream of America"


Release Date: 05/17/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559246   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter Boyer
Performer:  Barry BostwickBlair BrownOlympia DukakisAnne Jackson,   ... 
Conductor:  Peter Boyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 44 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Naxos celebrates the immigrant experience with the release of Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America, an ambitious work combining spoken word performances of actual Ellis Island immigrant stories with powerful orchestral music. Performed by London’s renowned Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Boyer, this recording features a cast of Oscar-, Emmy-, and Tony-winning actors: Barry Bostwick, Blair Brown, Olympia Dukakis, Anne Jackson, Bebe Neuwirth, Eli Wallach, and Louis Zorich, directed by Tony- and Grammy-winning Martin Charnin.

Boyer fashioned the seven monologues of Ellis Island: Dream of America from interviews in the Ellis Island Oral History Project with actual immigrants who came to the United States
Read more between 1910-1940, weaving a dramatic orchestral tapestry around their true stories. The work concludes with a reading of the Emma Lazarus poem The New Colossus (“Give me your tired, your poor…”), an emotionally powerful ending to this celebration of our nation of immigrants.

Ellis Island: The Dream of America was premiered by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in April 2002 to great acclaim, and its many subsequent performances have also received enthusiastic responses. Gerald Moshell of the Hartford Courant described the first performance as “a searing emotional experience” while Harold McNeil of the Buffalo News described the piece as “at turns, horrifying, whimsical and heart-rending. But it’s always palpably engaging ...”

Peter Boyer is emerging as one of the most successful young American orchestral composers, with nearly 100 orchestral performances of his work to date. In addition to his work for the concert hall, Boyer is active in the film and television industry and is on the faculty of Claremont Graduate University.

The suite is made up of the following sections:

1. Prologue 06:09
2. Words of Helen Cohen, emigrated from Poland in 1920, read by Blair Brown 02:37
3. Interlude 1 01:24
4. Words of James Apanomith, emigrated from Greece in 1911, read by Louis Zorich 02:43
5. Interlude 2 02:07
6. Words of Lillian Galleta, emigrated from Italy in 1928, read by Olympia Dukakis 03:32
7. Interlude 3 01:33
8. Words of Lazarus Salamon, emigrated from Hungary in 1920, read by Eli Wallach 04:16
9. Interlude 4 01:56
10. Words of Helen Rosenthal, emigrated from Belgium in 1940, read by Bebe Neuwirth 04:27
11. Interlude 5 01:01
12. Words of Manny Steen, emigrated from Ireland in 1925, read by Barry Bostwick 04:42
13. Interlude 6 02:24
14. Words of Katherine Beychook, emigrated from Russia in 1910, read by Anne Jackson 02:53
15. Epilogue: "The New Colossus" (Emma Lazarus, 1883), read by all actors 01:50

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Works on This Recording

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Ellis Island "The Dream of America" by Peter Boyer
Performer:  Barry Bostwick (Spoken Vocals), Blair Brown (Spoken Vocals), Olympia Dukakis (Spoken Vocals),
Anne Jackson (Spoken Vocals), Bebe Neuwirth (Spoken Vocals), Eli Wallach (Spoken Vocals),
Louis Zorich (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Peter Boyer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 43 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Air Studios, London, England (02/16/2003); Magic Venture Studio, New York City (09/17/2003 - 09/19/2003)
Composition written: 2001 - 2002. 

Sound Samples

Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Prologue
Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Words of Helen Cohen, emigrated from Poland in 1920, read by Blair Brown
Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Interlude 1
Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Words of James Apanomith, emigrated from Greece in 1911, read by Louis Zorich
Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Interlude 2
Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Words of Lillian Galleta, emigrated from Italy in 1928, read by Olympia Dukakis
Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Interlude 3
Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Words of Lazarus Salamon, emigrated from Hungary in 1920, read by Eli Wallach
Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Interlude 4
Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Words of Helen Rosenthal, emigrated from Belgium in 1940, read by Bebe Neuwirth
Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Interlude 5
Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Words of Manny Steen, emigrated from Ireland in 1925, read by Barry Bostwick
Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Interlude 6
Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Words of Katherine Beychook, emigrated from Russia in 1910, read by Anne Jackson
Ellis Island: The Dream of America: Epilogue: "The New Colossus" (Emma Lazarus, 1883), read by all actors

Customer Reviews

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 Fantastic! July 4, 2014 By kathleen a. (boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "I happened to hear this on the 4th of July on Colorado Public Radio. I stopped everything I was doing to just listen. Marvelous. I laughed and I cried. My heart broke open. It was worth doing nothing else at all to just listen." Report Abuse
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