The Music of Harold Farberman, Vol. 3
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Albany Records offers the third volume of this conductor-composer's music.

Harold Farberman's career as a conductor has overshadowed his achievements as a composer. In fact, while a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Farberman turned first to composition as a further creative outlet, which in turn led to his more visible conducting career. From the mid-fifties onward, when he composed his first work, Evolution, for soprano, French horn and seven percussionists, Farberman has never stopped creating music. Harold Farberman was born on November 2, 1929 on New York City's Lower East Side. Coming from a family of musicians (his father was the drummer in a famous 1920s Klezmer band led by Schleomke Beckerman; his brother was also a drummer) it seemed inevitable that he pursue music as a career. After graduating from the Juilliard School of Music on a full scholarship in 1951, he immediately joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra percussion section and became the youngest member of the orchestra at that time. Incidentally, Farberman has the distinction of being the only Juilliard instrumental graduate who has been invited back as a conductor of its various orchestras and as a composer - he was commissioned to write an opera for the opening of The Juilliard Opera Theater (The Losers). With a performer's knowledge of percussion instruments and a dissatisfaction with their conventional treatment, Farberman became an early advocate for the use of percussion sonorities as a major voice in compositional structures. His very first work, Evolution, written in 1954, before he began formal studies in composition, is scored for over one hundred percussion instruments and has been recorded four times, once by Leopold Stokowski. After hearing Evolution, Aaron Copland invited Farberman to study with him at Tanglewood in 1955. That short involvement with Copland strengthened Farberman's resolve to acquire more compositional skills, and during his twelve year tenure with the BSO, he earned a Masters Degree in composition from the New England Conservatory.
Harold Farberman, composer
Jesse Berger, shofar, Gila Harel, klezmer clarinet, Anna Elashvil, violin, Harold Farberman, conductor

Harold Farberman, composer
Concerto for Timpani & Orchestra
Sofia Symphony Orchestra, Jonathan Haas, timpani, Harold Farberman, conductor

Harold Farberman, composer
Concerto for Cathy
Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra, Cathy Gerardi, oboe, Harold Farberman, conductor

Harold Farberman, composer
Early Hudson Valley Scenes
Todd Crow, piano, John Van Buskir, piano, Jonathan Haas, timpani, Matthew Beaumont, percussion

Harold Farberman, composer
Double Concerto for Single Trumpet
Sofia Symphony Orchestra, Rumen Gurov, trumpet, Harold Farberman, conductor

"If you are unfamilliar with Farberman's works, this disc is absolutely the place to start. Farberman's percussion-heavy orchestral sound world is an immensely enjoyable one. Warmly recommended." (Music & Vision)
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