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Leon Kirchner: Revelations

Audio Samples

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Little Suite, for piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Dawn, for chorus & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Songs (3), for voice & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Words from Wordsworth, for chorus & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : A Moment for Roger, for piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : The Twilight Stood, for voice & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : The Forbidden, for piano

Album Summary

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Little Suite, for piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Dawn, for chorus & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Songs (3), for voice & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Words from Wordsworth, for chorus & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : A Moment for Roger, for piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : The Twilight Stood, for voice & piano
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : The Forbidden, for piano
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Reviews

An intimate portrait
Revelations is an interesting overview of Kirchner's music. It ranges from some of his earliest work as a student in 1943, up through 2006, three years before his death. It's also an intimate overview, comprising of works for solo piano and piano plus voice compositions.

The opening and closing piano works -- Little Suite (1949) and The Forbidden (2006) frame the collection nicely. The Little Suite is charming in its simplicity and straight-forward themes. The Forbidden, though more complex, flows with the same easy motion as the Suite.

Dawn, while tonally based, avoids all the cliches of choral writing. This brief work has a sense of urgency to it that effectively conveys the meaning of the text. Words from Wordsworth, written 20 years after in 1966 is much more strident and edgy in tone. This isn't an academic exercise in dissonance. Kirchner illuminates the text with his carefully constructed harmonies.

Three Songs (1946) and The Twilight Stood (1982) are the most angular and atonal of the selections. Once again, the music is there to serve the text. Kirchner brings the emotions of the words vividly to life.

Pianist Joel Fan, who performs on all but one of selections, is an admirable interpreter of this music. His sympathetic readings bring its emotional content to the fore.
Submitted on 11/07/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Little Suite, for piano
  • Performer: Joel Fan (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (10/25/2012/10/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1949

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Dawn, for chorus & piano
  • Performers: Daniel Neer (Voice); Melissa Kelley (Soprano); Elena Williamson; Linda Jones; Andrew Fuchs; Thomas McCargar (Bass Baritone); Timothy Hodges; Avery Griffin (Bass Baritone); Kurt-Owen Richards (Bass Baritone); Eric Dudley; Mellissa Hughes; Eileen Clark (Soprano); Matthew Hensrud (Tenor); Kelvin Chan (Bass Baritone); Joel Fan (Piano); James Bassi; Martha Cluver (Voice); Jeffrey Gavett (Bass Baritone); Jonathan Woody (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Scott Dunn
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (10/25/2012/10/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1943-1946

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Songs (3), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Diana Hoagland (Soprano); Joel Fan (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (10/25/2012/10/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1943-1946

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Words from Wordsworth, for chorus & piano
  • Performers: Andrew Fuchs; Jeffrey Gavett (Bass Baritone); Martha Cluver (Voice); Jonathan Woody (Bass Baritone); Mellissa Hughes; Thomas McCargar (Bass Baritone); Timothy Hodges; Avery Griffin (Bass Baritone); Kurt-Owen Richards (Bass Baritone); Eric Dudley; Linda Jones; Elena Williamson; Eileen Clark (Soprano); James Bassi; Matthew Hensrud (Tenor); Daniel Neer (Voice); Melissa Kelley (Soprano); Kelvin Chan (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Scott Dunn
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (10/25/2012/10/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1966

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : A Moment for Roger, for piano
  • Performer: Joel Fan (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (10/25/2012/10/27/2012)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : The Twilight Stood, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Beverly Hoch (Soprano); Leon Kirchner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1982

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : The Forbidden, for piano
  • Performer: Joel Fan (Piano)
  • Notes: Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, State University of New York (10/25/2012/10/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2006