Wyner: The Mirror, Passover Offering, etc.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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, ...
See more details below
CD
$9.49
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$9.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $2.00   
  • New (5) from $2.00   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • Label: Milken Archive
  • UPC: 636943942321
  • Catalog Number: 8559423
  • Sales rank: 328,948

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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously