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Rorem: More Than a Day / Asawa, Kahane, Los Angeles CO


Release Date: 06/06/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63512   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ned Rorem
Performer:  Brian Asawa
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

The conventional view of the countertenor voice is that it is cool, disembodied, sexless. This stereotype is challenged by the Japanese-American singer Brian Asawa, whose voice is notably even, coloured by well-controlled vibrato, and not lacking in warmth. And the assumptions, conscious or unconscious, on which the stereotype may rest are called into question by the main work on this disc, a setting of homoerotic verses (if not overtly so) by Jack Larson. Certainly More Than a Day is nothing if not expressive, confirming the pre-eminence of the veteran American Ned Rorem among current practitioners of the art of setting English words to memorable melodic lines. However, From an Unknown Past conforms to another stereotype, the association Read more of the countertenor voice with the English Renaissance, being a sequence of neat miniature settings of texts from that period. Both cycles also reveal Rorem’s talent for orchestration – as does Water Music, a concerto grosso in variation form with stand-out parts for violin and clarinet but effective solo writing all round. Fine playing by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, under the pianist-conductor Jeffrey Kahane, prompts regret that more of Rorem’s little-known orchestral music was not added to boost the ungenerous playing time.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
More Than a Day: no 1, Do I Love You by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 25 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2.
More Than a Day: no 2, My Brain is Littered by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
More Than a Day: no 3, Oh Love, See How the Flowers Mate by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Water Music by Ned Rorem
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1999; USA 
Length: 14 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5.
From an Unknown Past: no 1, The Lover in Winter Plaineth for the Spring by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
From an Unknown Past: no 2, Hey Nonny No! by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
From an Unknown Past: no 3, My Blood So Red by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
From an Unknown Past: no 4, Suspiria by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Length: 0 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
From an Unknown Past: no 5, The Miracle by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
From an Unknown Past: no 6, Tears by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
From an Unknown Past: no 7, Crabbed Age and Youth by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Brian Asawa (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Kahane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Do I Love You? I.: (More Than a Look)
Do I Love You? I.: (More Than a Word)
Do I Love You? I.: (More Than a Room)
Do I Love You? I.: (More Than a Mirror)
Do I Love You? I.: (More Than a Day)
Do I Love You? I.: (More Than a Rock)
Do I Love You? I.: (More Than the Air)
My Brain Is Littered II.
Oh Love, See How The Flowers Mate III.
Prologue (Variation 1)
The Tune: Calm and Sad
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
Variation 8
Variation 9
The Lover in Winter, Plaineth for the Spring
Hey Nonny No!
My Blood So Red
Suspiria
The Miracle
Tears
Crabbed Age and Youth

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