Orpheus and Other Vocal Works
LOUIS KARCHIN Orpheus and Other Vocal Works TROY770 - Price: $16.99
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Both sides of Karchin's works for voice are represented here: large-scale and the intimate medium of voice and piano.

Louis Karchin was born in Philadelphia in 1951. His advanced musical training at Eastman and Harvard University included composition studies with Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner, Earl Kim, Fred Lerdahl, Arthur Berger and Leon Kirchner. He is a recipient of the Tanglewood Koussevitsky Award, the Bearns Prize from Columbia University, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. This new release exemplifies two complementary trends in Louis Karchin's recent vocal output: an ever-increasing comfort with and mastery of large-scale vocal and dramatic forms, powerfully represented here by Orpheus, and a concomitant reawakening of interest in the more intimate medium of voice and piano, illustrated by a choice and varied selection of his latest songs, which run the gamut from the most simple and restrained in texture and gesture to the most intricate, mercurial and virtuosic. Listeners whose taste in American music (particularly vocal) of a more advanced style will greatly appreciate this new release. If Karchin's style can summed up easily, one could say it exhibits the intensity of Kirchner (such as his vocal/chamber work Lily) combined with the spacious, impressionistic colors found in Schwantner's music.
Contents:
Louis Karchin, composer
Memory
Dominic Inferrera, baritone, Louis Karchin, piano

Louis Karchin, composer
Deux PoĆèmes de Mallarmé
Elizabeth Farnum, soprano, Stephen Gosling, piano

Louis Karchin, composer
Carmen de Boheme
Elizabeth Farnum, soprano, Stephen Gosling, piano

Louis Karchin, composer
To the Sun
Elizabeth Farnum, soprano, Stephen Gosling, piano

Louis Karchin, composer
Orpheus
Dominic Inferrera, baritone, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society Players, Louis Karchin, conductor

Louis Karchin, composer
Meditation
Dominic Inferrera, baritone, Louis Karchin, piano

Louis Karchin, composer
My Children Grew
Dominic Inferrera, baritone, Louis Karchin, piano

Louis Karchin, composer
Interlude
Dominic Inferrera, baritone, Louis Karchin, piano

Louis Karchin, composer
Echoes
Dominic Inferrera, baritone, Louis Karchin, piano

Review:
"[Louis Karchin's] music combines rigorous compositional design with an appealing lyricism." (Splendid!)

"The music, by turns anguished and mysterious, is quite remarkable..." (Fanfare)
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