Fromm Music Foundation: 20th-Century Composer Series

Release Date: 5/15/2020
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 19439715642
Number of Discs: 10

Physical Format:

CD
In Stock
$47.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

From January 1957 to March 1962 Columbia Masterworks in collaboration with the Fromm Music Foundation released a series of 9 highly acclaimed LPs in the Twentieth Century Composer Series with music by composers including Elliott Carter, Luigi Dallapiccola, William Denny, Leon Kirchner, Ernst Krenek, Benjamin Lees, Jerome Rosen, Ilhan Usmanbas and Ben Weber.

Sony Classical – with kind support by the Fromm Music Foundation – is now properly documenting the meritorious cooperation between Columbia Masterworks and the Fromm Music Foundation with the release of a special 9 (+1) CD boxed set, remastering the remaining 6 LPs with repertoire by Foss, Harrison, Killmayer, Kirchner, Krenek, Weber and Dallapiccola from the 2- and 3-track analogue tapes, and thus making this special repertoire available worldwide on CD and in digital 24-bit high resolution audio.

The Fromm Music Foundation was founded by the late Paul Fromm in 1952. Since 1972, it has been located at Harvard University where it has operated in partnership with the Harvard University Music Department. Over the course of its existence, the Fromm Foundation has commissioned over 400 new compositions and their performances. The Fromm Foundation has also sponsored hundreds of new music concerts and concert series, among them Tanglewood's Festival of Contemporary Music, American Composers Orchestra, and the Fromm Concert Series at Harvard University.

Artists:

Nathan Rubin (violin), George Neikrug (cello), Leon Kirchner (piano), Ludwig Shapero (violin), The New York Concert Choir & Orchestra, Juilliard String Quartet (string quartet), The New Music String Quartet, Bethany Beardslee (soprano), William Masselos (piano), Julius Baker (flute), Harry Shulman (oboe), Alexander Williams (clarinet), Galimir String Quartet, Frederick Fuller (baritone), Elisabeth Söderström (soprano), Ralph Kirkpatrick (harpsichord), Charles Rosen (piano), Tossy Spivakovsky (violin), Aldo Parisot (cello), The Group For Contemporary Music at Columbia University, Grace-Lynne Martin (soprano), Leon Fleisher (piano)

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REVIEW:

There are classic recordings of the LP era scattered throughout, including the Juilliard String Quartet playing Lees’ String Quartet No. 1 and William Denny’s String Quartet No. 2, and the first recording of Lou Harrison’s Mass for Mixed Chorus, Trumpet, Harp and Strings. Highlights also include soprano Bethany Beardslee singing Krenek’s Sestina for Voice and Instrumental Ensemble and Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae, Charles Rosen and Ralph Kirkpatrick in Carter’s Double Concerto, and Leon Fleisher playing piano pieces by Copland, Kirchner, Roger Sessions, and Ned Rorem. This is an important and scintillating chunk of musical history and a fine value as well.

– Chicago Classical Review

Works on This Recording
1. Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano no 1 by Leon Kirchner
Performer: George Neikrug (Cello), Leon Kirchner (Piano), Nathan Rubin (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1954 ; USA
1. Missa Brevis by Wilhelm Killmayer
2. Sonata Concertante for Violin and Piano by Leon Kirchner
Performer: Leon Kirchner (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; USA
2. Sestina, Op. 161 by Ernst Krenek
Performer: Bethany Beardslee (Soprano)
3. Mass to St Anthony by Lou Harrison
Period: 20th Century
3. Concertino for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and String Quartet, Op. 45 by Ben Weber
Performer: Julius Baker (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Galimir String Quartet
4. Quartet for Strings no 1 by Benjamin Lees
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
Period: 20th Century
4. Serenade for Strings, Op. 46 by Ben Weber
Performer: David [double Bass] Walter (Double Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Galimir String Quartet
5. Quartet for Strings no 2 by William Denny
Orchestra/Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
6. Lamentatio Jeremiae prophetae, Op. 93 by Ernst Krenek
Performer: Bethany Beardslee (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1941-1942 ; USA
7. Fantasia by Ben Weber
Performer: William Masselos (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946 ; USA
8. Cinque frammenti di Saffo by Luigi Dallapiccola
Performer: Frederick Fuller (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
9. Liriche Greche (13) by Luigi Dallapiccola
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; Italy
10. Due liriche di Anacreonte by Luigi Dallapiccola
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
11. Canti di prigionia by Luigi Dallapiccola
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938-1941 ; Italy
12. Goethe Lieder (7) by Luigi Dallapiccola
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1953 ;
13. Concerto per la notte di Natale dell'anno 1956 by Luigi Dallapiccola
Performer: Elisabeth Söderström (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957/1958 ; Italy
14. Double Concerto for Harpsichord and Piano by Elliott Carter
Performer: Ralph Kirkpatrick (Harpsichord), Charles Rosen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1959-1961 ; USA
15. Concerto for Violin, Cello, 10 Winds and Percussion by Leon Kirchner
Performer: Aldo Parisot (Cello), Tossy Spivakovsky (Violin)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1960 ; USA
16. Sonata for Piano by Elliott Carter
Performer: Charles Rosen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945-1946 ; USA
17. Echoi, for clarinet, cello, piano, percussion & tape by Lukas Foss
Period: Modern
18. Time Cycle by Lukas Foss
Performer: Grace-Lynn Martin (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1959-1960 ; USA
19. Sonata for Piano by Aaron Copland
Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939-1941 ; USA
20. From My Diary by Roger Sessions
Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937-1940 ;
21. Sonata for Piano no 1 by Leon Kirchner
Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948 ;
22. Barcarolles for Piano by Ned Rorem
Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; USA
23. Sonata for Piano by Aaron Copland
Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939-1941 ; USA
24. From My Diary by Roger Sessions
Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937-1940 ;
25. Sonata for Piano no 1 by Leon Kirchner
Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948 ;
26. Barcarolles for Piano by Ned Rorem
Performer: Leon Fleisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; USA
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