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Lewin: Three Song Cycles / Valby, Wyner, Nicosia, Et Al


Release Date: 04/29/2003 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 528   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Frank Lewin
Performer:  Jayn RosenfeldElizabeth PanzerElizabeth DeFeliceBrett Deubner,   ... 
Conductor:  Yehudi Wyner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Variations of Greek Themes was commissioned by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and received its first performance on November 20, 1977, with Maureen Forrester as soloist. "Variations of Greek Themes," Edward Arlington Robinson's collection of twelve poems based on texts by ancient authors, was published in 1915. Eight of the poems are set in this cycle. Innocence and Experience is a cycle of songs from the poems of William Blake. It was commissioned by the friends of Music at Yale (where Mr.Lewin taught music from 1971 to 1992) and received its first performance in 1961, with Helen Boatwright as soloist. Seven poems by Blake are arranged into a cycle of two contrasting days; they are set to music for soprano solo, and an Read more ensemble of flute, oboe, horn, harp, two violins, viola, and two cellos. The text forms a cosmos of recurring images and ideas, several of which are reflected by corresponding musical devices. A Musical Nashery is a cycle of songs from the poems of Ogden Nash and was commissioned by Naomi Lewin, who gave its first performance on March 5, 1980, at the Yale School of Music, as part of her recital for a Master of Music degree. Complete texts are included in the program booklet for all the songs. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations of Greek Themes by Frank Lewin
Performer:  Jayn Rosenfeld (Flute), Elizabeth Panzer (Harp), Elizabeth DeFelice (Piano),
Brett Deubner (Viola), Elaine Valby (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1977; USA 
Language: English 
2.
Innocence and Experience by Frank Lewin
Performer:  Susan Davenny Wyner (Soprano)
Conductor:  Yehudi Wyner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1961; USA 
Language: English 
3.
A Musical Nashery by Frank Lewin
Performer:  Judith Nicosia (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1980; USA 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection has a synthesizer accompaniment. 

Sound Samples

Variations of Greek Themes: No. 1. A Happy Man (Carphyllides)
Variations of Greek Themes: No. 2. A Mighty Runner (Nicarchus)
Variations of Greek Themes: No. 3. Eutychides (Lucilius)
Variations of Greek Themes: No. 4. The Old Story (Marcus Argentarius)
Variations of Greek Themes: No. 5. Dance
Variations of Greek Themes: No. 6. To-Morrow (Macedonius)
Variations of Greek Themes: No. 7. The Dust of Timas (Sappho)
Variations of Greek Themes: No. 8. Doricha (Posidippus)
Variations of Greek Themes: No. 9. An Inscription by the Sea (Glaucus)
Innocence and Experience: No. 1. To Morning
Innocence and Experience: No. 2. How Sweet I Roam'd
Innocence and Experience: No. 3. Memory, Hither Come
Innocence and Experience: No. 4. Interlude
Innocence and Experience: No. 5. Day
Innocence and Experience: No. 6. I Saw a Chapel All of God
Innocence and Experience: No. 7. A Divine Image
Innocence and Experience: No. 8. Interlude
Innocence and Experience: No. 9. Night
A Musical Nashery: No. 1. Reward
A Musical Nashery: No. 2. The Carcajou and the Kincajou
A Musical Nashery: No. 3. The Shrimp
A Musical Nashery: Spoken introduction to No. 4
A Musical Nashery: No. 4. Paradise for Sale
A Musical Nashery: No. 5. The Rhapsode

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