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Fredrick Kaufman (b.1936): Stars & Distances - a collection of orchestral and choral pieces / Richard Stoltzman, clarinet

Album Summary

>Kaufman, Fredrick : Stars & Distances, for 16 voices
>Kaufman, Fredrick : Seven Sisters, for orchestra
>Kaufman, Fredrick : Seascape, for orchestra
>Kaufman, Fredrick : Symphony no 2 for strings & percussion
>Kaufman, Fredrick : Concerto for Clarinet
>Unspecified : [CD-ROM Track]
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Notes & Reviews:

An eclectic collection of works composed by the Pulitzer Prize nominated Fredrick Kaufman that through the choral pieces and orchestral works displays the themes of his influences namely the exploration of the unknown, the natural order, and universal human experience. Performed by an assortment of ensembles including the Czech Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw National Philharmonic and the Florida Grand Opera.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Fredrick Kaufman seems to prefer texture and ambience to melody and phrasing. There are very few moments of homophony in any of the works on Stars and Distances. Much of the music consists of scattered, fragmented contributions to a coherent overall affect - especially the title work. This technique yields a very different kind of expression. In reality, all of these boundaries are accounted for very carefully in the writing, balanced and executed carefully. In Stars and Distances an ambient, drone-like texture includes a wordless chamber choir and is accompanied by spoken factoids about outer space. The composer's inspiration for the work, looking up at the night sky, matches up nicely with the experience of the piece as an opportunity to wonder about the stars. Other pieces like the Second Symphony for strings and percussion are far more straightforward and thematically oriented. In the notes for the record, Kaufman's output is divided into four categories: Neo-classical, Experimental, Indeterminacy, and Eclectic. I would guess that the two apparently represented here are Neo-Classicism and Eclecticism. I wish the record included some Indeterminacy and Experimental music. Kaufman's compositional vocabulary in the works included here is interesting.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Czech Radio Studios, in Prague, Czech Republic (02/22/2013); Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Center for the Performing A (02/22/2013); Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, in Warsaw Poland (02/22/2013); Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, in Warsaw, Poland (02/22/2013); Czech Radio Studios, in Prague, Czech Republic (04/04/2015); Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Center for the Performing A (04/04/2015); Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, in Warsaw Poland (04/04/2015); Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, in Warsaw, Poland (04/04/2015); Czech Radio Studios, in Prague, Czech Republic (06/27/2015); Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Center for the Performing A (06/27/2015); Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, in Warsaw Poland (06/27/2015); Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, in Warsaw, Poland (06/27/2015); Czech Radio Studios, in Prague, Czech Republic (08/30/1997); Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Center for the Performing A (08/30/1997); Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, in Warsaw Poland (08/30/1997); Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, in Warsaw, Poland (08/30/1997); Czech Radio Studios, in Prague, Czech Republic (09/1998); Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Center for the Performing A (09/1998); Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, in Warsaw Poland (09/1998); Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, in Warsaw, Poland (09/1998).



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>Kaufman, Fredrick : Stars & Distances, for 16 voices
  • Performers: John Fleming (Spoken Vocals); Karen Fuller
  • Conductor: Andrew Bisantz
  • Ensemble: Florida Grand Opera
  • Running Time: 17 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kaufman, Fredrick : Seven Sisters, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Bisantz
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Kaufman, Fredrick : Seascape, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Hein
  • Ensemble: Czech Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Kaufman, Fredrick : Symphony no 2 for strings & percussion
  • Conductor: Carlos Piantini
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Kaufman, Fredrick : Concerto for Clarinet
  • Performer: Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Carlos Piantini
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Unspecified : [CD-ROM Track]
  • Period Time: Modern