Aporias: Requia for Piano & Orchestra

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All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
John Zorn dedicated this "requia for piano and orchestra" to all artists, explaining that he named this composition Aporias "aporia" meaning an impossible passage, in reference to those passages that separate life from death. Appropriately, the first three sections of this modern orchestral work are elusive, a crinoline fog of overtones emanating from various parts of the orchestra, be it the string section, or the boy sopranos of the Hungarian radio children's choir. The immediate opening lures you in with a few familiar quotes, but soon the composition heads into otherworldly passages, with an exploratory treatment. In the midst of this, during "Risentito," syncopated ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joslyn Layne
John Zorn dedicated this "requia for piano and orchestra" to all artists, explaining that he named this composition Aporias "aporia" meaning an impossible passage, in reference to those passages that separate life from death. Appropriately, the first three sections of this modern orchestral work are elusive, a crinoline fog of overtones emanating from various parts of the orchestra, be it the string section, or the boy sopranos of the Hungarian radio children's choir. The immediate opening lures you in with a few familiar quotes, but soon the composition heads into otherworldly passages, with an exploratory treatment. In the midst of this, during "Risentito," syncopated hand claps emerge, the only explicitly solid sounds besides the occasional piano. "Freddamente," the brass restates a fragment of the hand claps' structure, echoed by the flutes. With a range of bass drums, Eastern percussion hints, and interjections of orchestral warm-up moments, this short composition slips by in the shadows, remaining obscured even while enunciating.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/1998
  • Label: Tzadik
  • UPC: 702397703723
  • Catalog Number: 7037
  • Sales rank: 183,018

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prelude - Stephen Drury (6:40)
  2. 2 Impetuoso - Stephen Drury (3:31)
  3. 3 Con Mistero - Stephen Drury (2:58)
  4. 4 Languendo - Stephen Drury (2:33)
  5. 5 Risentito - Stephen Drury (2:50)
  6. 6 Freddamente - Stephen Drury (2:33)
  7. 7 Religioso - Stephen Drury (2:04)
  8. 8 Drammatico - Stephen Drury (4:52)
  9. 9 Postlude - Stephen Drury (4:21)
  10. 10 Coda - Stephen Drury (0:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Zorn Primary Artist
American Composers Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Dennis Russell Davies Conductor
Richard Chamberlain Trombone
Martin Agee Violin
James Baker Percussion
Joseph Bongiorno Bass
Sarah Carter Cello
Robert Chausow Violin
Laura Conwesser Alto Flute
Hugh Eddy Trombone
Alicia Edelberg Violin
Joyce Flissler Violin
Chris Gekker Trumpet
Cathy Hall Viola
Stephen Hart Clarinet
Benjamin Herman Timpani
Lowell Hershey Trumpet
Janet Hill Viola
Jean Ingraham Violin, Concert Master
Paul Ingraham French Horn
Susan Jolles Harp
Gail Kruvand Bass
John Lad Viola
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Ann Leathers Violin
Lois Martin Viola
John Moses Clarinet
Eugene J. Moye Cello
Maxine Neuman Cello
Al Rogers Violin
Stewart Rose French Horn
Kevin Roy Viola
Jim Saporito Percussion
Henry Schuman Oboe
Larry Wechsler French Horn
Mitchell Weiss Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet
Randy Wolfgang English Horn
Deborah Wong Violin
Ming Yeh Violin
Lanny Paykin Cello
Keith Underwood Flute
Carlos Villa Violin
Jacqui Danilow Bass
Dennis L. Godburn Bassoon
Annabelle Hoffman Cello
Robert Ingliss Oboe
Michael Martin French Horn
Sandra Robbins Viola
Debra Shufelt Viola
Ron Wasserman Bass
Linda Moss Viola
Mary Whitaker Violin
Sarah Adams Viola
Ronnie Bauch Violin
James Preiss Percussion
Lenard Rivlin Violin
Richard Sher Cello
Liuh-Wen Ting Viola
James Stubbs Trumpet
Eliana Mendoza Cello
Laura Oatts Violin
Douglas Quint Bassoon
Dana Winograd Cello
Stephen Drury Piano, Soloist
Steven Taylor Oboe
William Drury Conductor
William Manley Hand Clapping
Craig McNutt Hand Clapping
Frank Morelli Bassoon
Robert Schultz Hand Clapping
Gary Wallen Hand Clapping
Carolyn Wenk-Goodman Violin
Jamie Austria Bass
Victor Heifets Violin
Dorothy Strahl Violin
Joseph Schor Violin
Peter Basquin Celeste
Robert Biddlecome Trombone
James Daniels Trombone
Thompson Hanks Tuba
Maureen Hynes Cello
Elizabeth Kleinman Violin
Gary Koch Clarinet
Raymond Mase Trumpet
Michael Roth Violin
Susan Palma-Nidel Flute
Bill Manley Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
American Composers Orchestra Contributor
Gregory K. Squires Engineering
Allan Tucker Mastering
John Zorn Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Author
Francis Bacon Cover Painting
Gabriella Thész Director
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