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Deborah Drattell: Sorrow is not Melancholy / Goff, Shifrin, Schwarz

Album Summary

>Drattell, Deborah : Sorrow is not Melancholy, for orchestra
>Drattell, Deborah : Concerto for Clarinet ("Fire Dances")
>Drattell, Deborah : Lilith, for orchestra
>Drattell, Deborah : The Fire Within, for flute & orchestra
>Drattell, Deborah : Syzygy, for orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The music of Deborah Drattell is saturated in vivid color and neo-Romantic vitality, and this selection reflects both its warmth and also its dynamism. In Sorrow is not Melancholy gentleness co-exists with pervasive melancholy and tenser sonorities, whereas the Clarinet Concerto is a very different work, embracing dance patterns that pulsate with excitement. Both Lilith and The Fire Within share Middle Eastern influences. The first is a sensual, sinuous evocation of 'the female demon' whilst the latter is imbued with drones, drums and tambourine, all exotically spiced. Syzygy brilliantly explores nature in all its elemental power.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Sorrow is Not Melancholy, from 1993, is an eloquent threnody for strings, packing a great deal of mournful emotion into its 11 minutes before its final sigh. A piquant contrast is Fire Dances, her clarinet concerto, a ritualistic dance (in Drattell's words) full of haunting Eastern colors. It too, however, slows down into Drattell's signature sorrow. Drattell wrote this one-movement work (again, just over 11 minutes) for David Shifrin, who plays it here with uninhibited passion. The orchestra has a great deal to say as well, and the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz (a Drattell champion) comes through splendidly, as it does in all these performances from the early 90s.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Seattle Center Opera House, USA.



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>Drattell, Deborah : Sorrow is not Melancholy, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Seattle Center Opera House, USA (11/15/1993-11/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Drattell, Deborah : Concerto for Clarinet ("Fire Dances")
  • Performer: David Shifrin (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 12 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Drattell, Deborah : Lilith, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Seattle Center Opera House, USA (11/15/1993-11/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Drattell, Deborah : The Fire Within, for flute & orchestra
  • Performer: Scott Goff (Flute)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 13 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto

>Drattell, Deborah : Syzygy, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Seattle Center Opera House, USA (11/15/1993-11/16/1993)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary