Gotham Ensemble plays Ned Rorem

Delores Stevens (piano), Humbert Lucarelli (oboe), Gotham Ensemble

Catalog #: TROY0520
Release Date: June 1, 2002
Format: Digital

Ned Rorem composed his End of Summer during the late summer of 1985 in Nantucket. "The trio follows in the wake of my septet, Scenes from Childhood. The pieces are about the same length and are formed from souvenirs. But while the septet contained 12 movements describing geographical landmarks of my youth, the trio is in but three, each suggested by musical works of yore. There are suggestions of Satie, Brahms, hopscotch ditties and Protestant anthems." An Oboe Book was commissioned for the 30th anniversary of the Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society and premiered in July 1999 by the guest soloists on this CD. Ariel, Five Poems of Sylvia Plath was composed in New York during May 1971 and was presented as a gift to Phyllis Curtin. The poems that make up the text are among Plath's last writings and vividly reflect that tumultuous period in her life and the suicide that soon ended it. In assembling a set of songs for clarinet, double bass and piano, Gotham Ensemble music director Thomas Piercy asked composer Rorem if he had any songs whose vocal line seemed particularly suitable for the clarinet. Piercy wrote: "Ned suggested any number of his songs would be appropriate. Playing through more than fifty, we settled on the four heard here. After listening to a rehearsal in preparation for the recording, Rorem decided to title the set Four Poems without Words."


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
End of Summer Ned Rorem Thomas Piercy, clarinet, Rolf Shulte, violin, Judith Olson, piano
An Oboe Book Ned Rorem Humbert Lucarelli, oboe, Delores Stevens, piano
Ariel Ned Rorem Angelina Réaux, soprano, Thomas Piercy, clarinet, Judith Olson, piano
Four Poems Without Words Ned Rorem Thomas Piercy, clarinet, Saskia Lane, double bass, Judith Olson, piano


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