Eastman Series, Vol. 5
EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC Eastman Series, Vol. 5 TROY261 - Price: $16.99
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New music featuring an early appearance by Renée Fleming.

This album features René Fleming in what has to be one of her earliest recordings, if not the earliest. Renée Fleming received her M.M. degree from the Eastman School of Music. The music she sings on this recording was recorded in 1983, while she was still a student at Eastman. As well, the presence of the great Jan DeGaetani (1933-1989) makes this a special disc. For many years she taught at Eastman, as well as Aspen. Bruce MacCombie studied with among others, Wolfgang Fortner. For several years he taught composition at Yale University, and in the last decade he moved from teaching to administration, serving as Dean of the Juilliard School from 1986-92 and now as Dean of the School for the Arts at Boston University. Leaden Echo, Golden Echo is the setting of a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Sydney Hodkinson received his earliest training at Eastman under Louis Mennini and Bernard Rogers. He also studied with Carter, Sessions, Leslie Babbitt and Ross Lee Finney. He has been on the faculty of Eastman since 1973, teaching both composition and conducting. The Alte-Liebeslieder or "Old Fashioned Love Songs" are based on contemporary poems. Stanley Walden studied composition with Ben Weber and has been a faculty member at Juilliard, Sarah Lawrence College, and the State University of New York, College at Purchase. In addition to his Broadway Musical Oh! Calcutta, which has been produced throughout the world, he has written scores for film and dance.
Contents:
Sydney Hodkinson, composer
Alte Liebeslieder, Book IV
Jan DeGaetani, mezzo, Robert Sylvester, cello, Philip West, oboe, John Beck, percussion, Robert Spillman, piano, Sydney Hodkinson, conductor

Bruce MacCombie, composer
Leaden Echo, Golden Echo
René Fleming, soprano, Richard Bado, piano

Stanley Walden, composer
Some Changes
Jan DeGaetani, mezzo, Stanley Hasty, electric clarinet

Review:
Gee, Jan DeGaetani and René Fleming on the same disc. Like the composers and the other performers hereon, they share the Eastman connection. This marks the fifth volume of the Eastman American Music Series on Albany, which series has already provided valuable additions to the catalog....This disc shares a high quality of production and performance with the others of the Eastman series that I've heard, and in its program makes available music that deserves to be heard. Once again, I commend Eastman's collaboration with Albany in this series." (Fanfare)
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