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Paula Diehl (b.1925): Separation - Various Works / Bradford Gleim, baritone; Chiharu Naruse, piano; Moyzes Quartet; Moravian PO, Petr Vronsky; Slovak RSO & Choir, Robert Stankovsky; Czech RSO, Vladimír Válek

Album Summary

>Diehl, Paula : In Hand, for orchestra
>Diehl, Paula : Right of Way for orchestra
>Diehl, Paula : On Wisdom
>Diehl, Paula : Till the Walls Falll, for small orchestra
>Diehl, Paula : Prosper the Word
>Diehl, Paula : Insiders, for orchestra
>Diehl, Paula : Gambit, for chamber orchetra
>Diehl, Paula : Wedding Day, for baritone & piano
>Diehl, Paula : On Course, for string quartet
>Diehl, Paula : Gusts, for voice & piano
>Diehl, Paula : Illumination, for organ & piano
>Diehl, Paula : Anyone, for baritone & piano
>Diehl, Paula : Meeting Places, for orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

The clichd trope of the isolated artist toiling over their work in a virtual vacuum, alone and against the trends of the day, is not a new one. But in the case of Paula Diehl, it is as true as it comes. It isn't an easy task to be a composer, a job which (to paraphrase Aaron Copland) holds few material rewards, and often even fewer good notices in the paper the next morning - it requires an inner strength and conviction in order to persevere through the challenges, be they artistic, financial, or social. Diehl's journey has been one punctuated by this conviction and perseverance. As a female composer whose work began just after the middle of the 20th century, the deck was already stacked against her, and her insistence on the viability of a compositional system she created - a system called "Separation," involving her deconstruction of musical materials with an emphasis on what she describes as 'interlocking fourths' - did not ingratiate her with her peers or teachers. Yet their skepticism was clearly misplaced. Diehl's system is one which allows the unique characteristics of each instrument to shine through in explorations of harmonic content and structure, and she has utilized it to its full to create a rich catalog of works for both small and large ensembles. The double-album SEPARATION is a representative cross-section of Diehl's music with an emphasis on the last three decades, the period in which her compositional voice flowered most fully. Expansive orchestral scores such as "Insiders" (1994) and more intimate chamber works like "On Course" (1984) speak clearly to the singularity of Diehl's style and provide a nice reminder that it is often those on the periphery, those who are pushed outside instead of welcomed inside, who frequently have fascinating things to say.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Futura Productions in Roslindale MA (03/01/2011); Reduta Hall in Olomouc, Czech Republic (03/01/2011); The Dover Church, Dover, MA (03/01/2011); Futura Productions in Roslindale MA (03/03/2015); Reduta Hall in Olomouc, Czech Republic (03/03/2015); The Dover Church, Dover, MA (03/03/2015); Futura Productions in Roslindale MA (03/06/2015); Reduta Hall in Olomouc, Czech Republic (03/06/2015); The Dover Church, Dover, MA (03/06/2015); Futura Productions in Roslindale MA (04/08/2015); Reduta Hall in Olomouc, Czech Republic (04/08/2015); The Dover Church, Dover, MA (04/08/2015); Futura Productions in Roslindale MA (11/20/2014); Reduta Hall in Olomouc, Czech Republic (11/20/2014); The Dover Church, Dover, MA (11/20/2014).



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>Diehl, Paula : In Hand, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Ensemble: Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Diehl, Paula : Right of Way for orchestra
  • Conductor: Robert Stankovsky
  • Ensemble: Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1994

>Diehl, Paula : On Wisdom
  • Performer: Albert Goken (Organ)
  • Conductor: Robert Stankovsky
  • Ensemble: Slovak Radio Choir
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983

>Diehl, Paula : Till the Walls Falll, for small orchestra
  • Conductor: Vladimír Válek
  • Ensemble: Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1995

>Diehl, Paula : Prosper the Word
  • Performer: Albert Goken (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Moyzes Quartet
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1982

>Diehl, Paula : Insiders, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Vit Micka
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Diehl, Paula : Gambit, for chamber orchetra
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Running Time: 10 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Diehl, Paula : Wedding Day, for baritone & piano
  • Performers: Bradford Gleim; Chiharu Naruse (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2011

>Diehl, Paula : On Course, for string quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1984

>Diehl, Paula : Gusts, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Chiharu Naruse (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Diehl, Paula : Illumination, for organ & piano
  • Performers: Robert Cyr (Organ); Jonathan Roberts (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Diehl, Paula : Anyone, for baritone & piano
  • Performers: Bradford Gleim; Chiharu Naruse (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Diehl, Paula : Meeting Places, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern