Weir: Consolation of Scholarship / Scatterday, et al

> The Consolations of Scholarship - Act I: A Traveller in the Desert: Look! There in the distance
> The Consolations of Scholarship - Act I: Imperious Gestures
> The Consolations of Scholarship - Act I: The General's Aria: I am General K'an
> The Consolations of Scholarship - Act I: Last Moves
> The Consolations of Scholarship - Act I: Chao Tun's Letter Scene: Bring me a brush and ink!
> The Consolations of Scholarship - Act I: Lamento
> The Consolations of Scholarship - Interlude: Song of the Hermit, under Turtle Mountain
> The Consolations of Scholarship - Act II: The Consolations of Scholarship
> The Consolations of Scholarship - Act II: A Shining Immortal: You people of the mortal world
> The Consolations of Scholarship - Act II: Interpretation Scene: I am General K'an
> The Consolations of Scholarship - Act II: The Chase to the Palace
> The Consolations of Scholarship - Act II: The Emperor's decree: The heavenly laws reach far and wide
> Piano Concerto - I. —
> Piano Concerto - II. The Sweet Primeroses
> Piano Concerto - III. —
> King Harald's Saga - Act I: Announcement
> King Harald's Saga - Act I: Aria: I Harald, by the grace of God (Harald)
> King Harald's Saga - Act I: Fanfare of trumpets
> King Harald's Saga - Act I: Aria: Hail; take; kill; win; sail; fight; go, go. (Tostig)
> King Harald's Saga - Act II: Announcement
> King Harald's Saga - Act II: Aria: Sleep Harald, sleep on, I fear that death awaits (St. Olaf)
> King Harald's Saga - Act II: Aria: Put ot to sea, put out to sea (Harald)
> King Harald's Saga - Act II: Duet: Farewell, Harald (Harald, Harald's wives)
> King Harald's Saga - Act III: Announcement
> King Harald's Saga - Act III: The Norwegian army: We gladly leave for Harald (Chorus)
> King Harald's Saga - Act III: Recitative: O Sir! O Harald (Messenger)
> King Harald's Saga - Act III: Aria: Side by side the armies fought (soldier)
> King Harald's Saga - Epilogue: Recitative: I have seen this all before (Icelandic sage)
> Musicians Wrestle Everywhere - Musicians Wrestle Everywhere

Album Summary

>Weir, Judith : The Consolations of Scholarship, for soprano & 9 players
>Weir, Judith : Piano Concerto
>Weir, Judith : King Harald's Saga, opera for unaccompanied soprano
>Weir, Judith : Musicians Wrestle Everywhere, concerto for 10 instruments
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Scottish-born Judith Weir began her career as an oboist and took composition lessons with John Tavener and Robin Holloway. Her music is performed in Europe and the United States. Her works reflect her diverse interests in narrative, folklore and theatre, with British folk music a strong influence. This release is an excellent sampling for those unfamiliar with her very original work.



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>Weir, Judith : The Consolations of Scholarship, for soprano & 9 players
  • Performer: Janice Felty (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Steven Stucky
  • Ensemble: Ensemble X
  • Notes: James J. Neylan Room, Lincoln Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (04/19/2002-04/21/2002)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Weir, Judith : Piano Concerto
  • Performer: Xak Bjerken (Piano)
  • Conductor: Mark Scatterday
  • Ensemble: Ensemble X
  • Notes: James J. Neylan Room, Lincoln Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (04/19/2002-04/21/2002)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Weir, Judith : King Harald's Saga, opera for unaccompanied soprano
  • Performer: Judith Kellock (Soprano)
  • Notes: James J. Neylan Room, Lincoln Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (04/19/2002-04/21/2002)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Weir, Judith : Musicians Wrestle Everywhere, concerto for 10 instruments
  • Conductor: Mark Scatterday
  • Ensemble: Ensemble X
  • Notes: James J. Neylan Room, Lincoln Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (04/19/2002-04/21/2002)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994