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Schoenfield;Orchestral Works

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  • Audio CD (14 Jun 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Argo
  • ASIN: B000004CVY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Four Parables: I. Rambling Till The Butchers Cuts Us Down
2. Four Parables: II. Senility's Ride
3. Four Parables: III. Elegy
4. Four Parables: VI. Dog Heaven - John Nelson/New World Sym/Jeffrey Kahane
5. Vaudville: Overture
6. Vaudville: Bear Dance
7. Vaudvile: Klezmers
8. Vaudville: Sketchers
9. Vaudville: Camera River - John Nelson/New World Sym/Wolfgang Basch
10. Klezmer Rondos - John Nelson/New World Sym/Carol Wincenc

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've had this disc of concertos by me for around ten years, and it still gets regular play due to the uniqueness of its musical character. Schoenfield is a composer who seems to follow in the mainstream American style but adds more prominent elements of the Yiddish folk tradition in addition to an (at times) cloying sentimentality.

The sentimentality is most in evidence on "Vaudeville", a peculiar concerto for piccolo trumpet which is a self-contained little time machine of a piece that evokes perhaps too effectively the theatre tradition that gives it its name. More muscular and inventive is "Klezmer Rondos", a concerted piece for flute which ingeniously explores its unusual scoring (for Klezmer band, piano and strings).

For me, the major piece here is the piano concerto, "Four Parables" which is more weighty, virtuosic piece reminiscent of Aaron Copland. Although it's the least distinctive of these three unusual works, it retains the individual voice of a composer whose cultural inflections make him a rewarding byway off the main drag of contemporary classical music.
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A dazzling contemporary work for piano 6 Jan 2004
By Bruce Hodges - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Paul Schoenfield's work is hard to describe: basically tonal, but with elements of many different compositional schools thrown in to create a highly personal mix.

"Four Parables" is in essence, a piano concerto -- a virtuosic romp that sometimes sounds like Gershwin on psychedelic drugs -- and as such requires a formidable pianist to negotiate its difficulties. We are lucky to have Jeffrey Kahane serving as (at this time) the sole recorded advocate of this entertaining and often humorous work, helped by the talented young musicians of the New World Symphony, and all directed with great spirit and style by John Nelson.

The fillers, hardly afterthoughts, are engaging, too: excellent renditions of the quirky "Vaudeville" and "Klezmer Rondos," the latter with Carol Wincenc on flute. Argo's sound is natural and clear -- perhaps on the bright side, but it complements the vivid colors of Schoenfield's writing.

If you are unfamiliar with one of America's most original living composers, this recording is a great place to begin.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Delightfully Provocative 7 Aug 2009
By Karl W. Nehring - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
American composer Paul Schoenfield (b. 1947) brings listeners real delight in these pieces, which often sound like a cross between Mahler and Klezmer. At times, this music sound absolutely crazy--just like life. Each piece features a solo instrumentalist playing with the orchestra: Kahane on piano, Basch on piccolo trumpet, and Wincenc on flute. This is wonderful CD, strikingly original and delightfully provocative, that I recommend highly. Moreover, not only is it delightful musically, it is recorded spectacularly.
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