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Jacob Druckman (1928-96): Lamia, for soprano & orchestra / Lucy Shelton, soprano

Audio Samples

>Druckman, Jacob : That Quickening Pulse, for orchestra
>Druckman, Jacob : Delizie contente che l'aime beate for wind quintet
>Druckman, Jacob : Nor Spell nor Charm
>Druckman, Jacob : Suite from Medee, for orchestra (after Charpentier)
>Druckman, Jacob : Lamia, for voice & orchestra

Album Summary

>Druckman, Jacob : That Quickening Pulse, for orchestra
>Druckman, Jacob : Delizie contente che l'aime beate for wind quintet
>Druckman, Jacob : Nor Spell nor Charm
>Druckman, Jacob : Suite from Medee, for orchestra (after Charpentier)
>Druckman, Jacob : Lamia, for voice & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BMOP/sound presents five works of the American master Jacob Druckman in a disc that exhibits the award-winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project and conductor Gil Rose in challenging and exciting performances. Soprano Lucy Shelton shines on the title track, which features enchanting texts spanning centuries and languages around such themes as the female psyche and the legend of Medea. Nor Spell Nor Charm, a memorial for the composer's friend mezzo Jan DeGaetani, takes its inspiration from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Also included are That Quickening Pulse, a heart-pounding orchestral showpiece, and two works realized from 17th-century operas: Delizie Contente che l'Alme Beate (from Il Giasone by Cavalli) and Suite from Médée (from Médée by Charpentier), arranged by Druckman.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The opening track, That Quickening Pulse (1988), is a 7-minute overture built on an intense. The result is either bombastic or "exciting", depending on your perspective. In extreme contrast, Delizie Contente che l'Alme Beate (1985) is a straightforward arrangement of an aria from Cavalli's Giasone, originally for castrato, set by Druckman for English horn and strings. Returning to more modern(ist) times, Nor Spell nor Charm (1990) is a fantasy for chamber orchestra on a song written for the then-dying Jan DeGaetani on a passage from Midsummer Night's Dream. Moving backwards in time again, the Medea Suite (1985). Lamia (1974-75, rev. 1986), the release's main event, invokes the sorceress of Greek mythology. It's impossible to imagine a more impressive performance.



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Works Details

>Druckman, Jacob : That Quickening Pulse, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Ensemble: Boston Modern Orchestra Project
  • Running Time: 7 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1988

>Druckman, Jacob : Delizie contente che l'aime beate for wind quintet
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Druckman, Jacob : Nor Spell nor Charm
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 11 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Druckman, Jacob : Suite from Médée, for orchestra (after Charpentier)
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 14 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Druckman, Jacob : Lamia, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Lucy Shelton
  • Conductor: Gil Rose
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern