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The Man from Midian (Grany, Winn, Fleezanis, Ohlsson)

Stefan Wolpe Audio CD

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Listen  1. The Man from Midian: Part I: OverturePhyllis Bryn-Julson 1:25£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Man from Midian: Part I: Serfdom LamentationPhyllis Bryn-Julson 1:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Man from Midian: Part I: Mother Conceives ChildPhyllis Bryn-Julson 1:16£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Man from Midian: Part I: Pharaoh's Daughter Bathes in the Nile, finds the BabyPhyllis Bryn-Julson 2:25£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Man from Midian: Part I: ProcessionPhyllis Bryn-Julson 2:26£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Man from Midian: Part I: Pet of the Court - Political IntriguePhyllis Bryn-Julson 3:07£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Man from Midian: Part I: Moses Among the WorkersPhyllis Bryn-Julson 1:10£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Man from Midian: Part I: Moses Buries the Taskmaster in the SandPhyllis Bryn-Julson 3:15£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Man from Midian: Part II: Conversation with GodPhyllis Bryn-Julson 2:54£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Man from Midian: Part II: Moses meets Aaron - Command of Moses for the WatersPhyllis Bryn-Julson 1:16£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Man from Midian: Part II: March Through the Red SeaPhyllis Bryn-Julson 3:44£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Man from Midian: Part II: RestlessnessPhyllis Bryn-Julson0:59£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Man from Midian: Part II: Aaron's DesperationPhyllis Bryn-Julson0:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Man from Midian: Part II: Joshua's PleadingPhyllis Bryn-Julson0:18£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Man from Midian: Part II: BacchanalPhyllis Bryn-Julson0:30£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Man from Midian: Part II: Return of Moses - Breaking of Tablets - Moses Falls on the Arms of JoshuaPhyllis Bryn-Julson 1:11£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Man from Midian: Part II: Moses Walks Among the People - Commands Some to be KilledPhyllis Bryn-Julson 1:04£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Man from Midian: Part II: Gathering of PeoplePhyllis Bryn-Julson 2:45£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Violin Sonata: I. Un poco allegroGarrick Ohlsson 6:21£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Violin Sonata: II. Andante appassionatoGarrick Ohlsson 7:56£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Violin Sonata: III. Lento - ScherzoGarrick Ohlsson 3:28£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Violin Sonata: IV. Allegretto decisoGarrick Ohlsson 9:11Album Only

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Lyrical 12 Mar 2007
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In any discussion of 20th-century music, certain names--Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Britten, etc--crowd to the front of the room. But a more thorough examination of the era reveals many more fine composers. Stefan Wolpe is among those, and his reputation has grown over the decades since his death. This CD presents music composed in the first decade of Wolpe's time in America. "The Man From Midian" is a ballet, scored for two pianos, on the subject of Moses.

Ballet scores can be problematic, restricted as they are by the need for short tableaux. In the case of some composers--Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev come to mind--scores never escape those restrictions. They're always "ballet music". Wolpe instead found an opportunity. The score plays as an integrated suite, exploring various scales and formal mechanisms. It's more innovative than a first hearing would indicate, and nicely explores the sonorities available from two pianos. Of course, if one prefers to listen to music programmatically, the story is ready-made. Some of the processional music reminds me slightly of Britten's "Burning Fiery Furnace", which came much later.

The "Sonata for Violin and Piano" doesn't really break any new ground, but it's still a well-made piece in a unique voice. It's quite vigorous and dramatic. Although Wolpe was born in Germany, the Sonata doesn't sound particularly German, or American, or any other particular nationality. Wolpe has successfully breathed in the musical air from all around. It's a nice piece.

The peformance comes from the Group for Contemporary Music--not so much a specific assemblage of performers as a sort of clearing house for first-rate musicians. The readings are excellent, and the recording--while a bit reverberant--is excellent. Thanks again to Naxos for giving these excellent readings a second life.
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