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Time Cycle / Phorion / Song of Songs Import


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1. Time Cycle (Orchestral Version): I. 'We're Late'
2. Time Cycle (Orchestral Version): Improvised Interlude No. 1
3. Time Cycle (Orchestral Version): II. 'When The Bells Justle'
4. Time Cycle (Orchestral Version): Improvised Interlude No. 2
5. Time Cycle (Orchestral Version): III. 'Sechzehnter Januar'
6. Time Cycle (Orchestral Version): Improvised Interlude No. 3
7. Time Cycle (Orchestral Version): IV. 'O Mensch, gib Acht'
8. Phorion
9. Song Of Songs: I. 'Awake, O North Wind'
10. Song Of Songs: II. 'Come, My Beloved'
11. Song Of Songs: III. 'By Night On My Bed'
12. Song Of Songs: IV. 'Set Me A Seal Upon Thine Heart'

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This is one of the Sony gems from the backlist, documenting Leonard Bernstein's foray into conducting the New York Philharmonic as well as the Columbia Symphony. Foss's Time Cycle is a set of four songs set to the poems of W.H. Auden and A.E. Housman and readings from Kafka and Nietzsche. It's mostly atonal with 12-tone patterning, and it has an air of rapt improvisation. Phorion is both a homage to Bach and a deconstruction of Bach's music. "Song of Songs" is a 1940s composition, mostly tonal but still run through with cranky Americanisms. A diverse--and excellent--selection. --Paul Cook

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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Wait rewarded 11 May 2000
By Timothy Cullen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I heard Time Cycle as a teenager when it first came out and still treasure my 33 1/3 record, which I've told my son to guard with his life. I've waited YEARS for the piece to be re-released on cd and at last, it has been.
I believe that Foss deserves far more recognition than he's received, and this piece will show why. It should be noted that it was encored immediately after its premiere performance in '61, was it? It won the NY Music Critics Circle award too. It's haunting and I shall play it for everyone who sets foot in my home. I live in Spain and recently requested an airing of it on our national clasical music station's request show.
The Time Cycle is an unsung (forgive pun)masterpiece of Twentieth Century twelve-tone composition and superbly sung by the late Adele Addison.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
great music from Lucas foss and great performances 7 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Three diverse scores by Lucas foss that show him to be a composer of uncommon gifts. His Time Cycle my well be one of the masterpieces of the vocal/orchestral literature of the 20th century. The great Adele Addison gives a magnificnet performance, Again the recording executives passed up the opportunity to record this great American singer in her vast repetoire that spanned early baroque to contemporary--She was one of the great lieder singers of her generation matching the great Irmgard Seefried -but nothing exists on disc of Addison's Schubert ot Hugo Wolf or Charles Ives--What a loss
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wait Rewarded With Good News 24 Aug 2000
By Timothy Cullen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Addendum to earlier review: Adele Addison is alive and well and a member of the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, very good news for me and for all music lovers. My apologies for my error.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
great music from Lucas foss and great performances 7 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Three diverse scores by Lucas foss that show him to be a composer of uncommon gifts. His Time Cycle my well be one of the masterpieces of the vocal/orchestral literature of the 20th century. The great Adele Addison gives a magnificnet performance, Again the recording executives passed up the opportunity to record this great American singer in her vast repetoire that spanned early baroque to contemporary--She was one of the great lieder singers of her generation matching the great Irmgard Seefried -but nothing exists on disc of Addison's Schubert ot Hugo Wolf or Charles Ives--What a loss
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent and underrated 25 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'd heard about Foss' Time Cycle for years and so was really interested in its re-issue. The work is outstanding and absolutely fresh: the quality of Foss' invention and the agility of his imagination is wonderful. Don't pass this up if you have any interest in American orchestral music.
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