Wyner: The Mirror, Passover Offering, etc.

Wyner: The Mirror, Passover Offering, etc.

by Yehudi Wyner
     
 

The recording series sponsored by the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music has lately begun to fill an important gap in the repertoire. Besides exploring lesser-known works by the likes of Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein, it is also bringing some well-deserved recognition to a variety of other talented composers. Among the latter is Yehudi Wyner, born in 1929 and… See more details below

Overview

The recording series sponsored by the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music has lately begun to fill an important gap in the repertoire. Besides exploring lesser-known works by the likes of Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein, it is also bringing some well-deserved recognition to a variety of other talented composers. Among the latter is Yehudi Wyner, born in 1929 and for several decades a composition professor at Brandeis and Yale; it's well worth making the acquaintance of his engaging musical personality. The three works featured here -- all in warmly sympathetic performances -- span more than 20 years of Wyner's career. Passover Offering (1959), for clarinet, flute, cello, and trombone, is the least obviously Jewish-sounding of these compositions, although some of the melodic material does allude to the cantillation of sacred texts. Wyner creates a unique and appealing sound-world from the unusual combination of instruments, and the dominant moods of lamentation and hopeful prayer make the Offering an extremely moving work. Wyner's incidental music for the Isaac Bashevis Singer play The Mirror (1972-73) reveals a composer steeped in various Jewish traditions, from klezmer (especially in the clarinet parts performed here by Richard Stoltzman) to sacred song. (It also owes an apparent debt to Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale, brought out further by the similar scoring for small ensemble.) The music also includes a few short vocal numbers, as well as some spoken texts, delivered here by the composer himself. A final chamber work -- this one for violin, clarinet, cello, and piano -- explores traditional styles of Jewish folk song and dance; but the Tants un Maysele (1981), or "Dance and Little Story," is more serious than its title might suggest. With its blend of vehemence and mournful mystery, this haunting work makes the strongest case of all that Wyner is a composer to reckon with.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
Label:
Milken Archive
UPC:
0636943942321
catalogNumber:
8559423
Rank:
350242

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yehudi Wyner   Primary Artist,Piano,Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part,Spoken Word
Richard Stoltzman   Clarinet
David Taylor   Bass Trombone
James Guttmann   Double Bass
Carol Wincenc   Flute
Bruce Creditor   Clarinet
David Earl Taylor   Bass Trombone
Robert Schulz   Percussion
Daniel Stepner   Violin
Daniel Stemper   Violin
Richard Lalli   Baritone (Vocal)
Matthew Kirchner   Tenor (Vocal)
Judi Brown Kirchner   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Jennifer Langham   Cello
Carol Meyer   Soprano,Soprano (Vocal)
David Taylor   Bass Trombone
Ronald Thomas   Cello
Judi Brown Kirchner   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Matthew Kirchner   Tenor (Vocal)
Jennifer Langham   Cello
Richard Lalli   Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

David Frost   Producer
Michael Isaacson   Producer
Yehudi Wyner   Composer
Carl Talbot   Engineer
Neil W. Levin   Liner Notes,Artistic Director
Lowell Milken   Liner Notes
Laurence Lesser   Production Director

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