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Schiff: Gimpel the Fool / Kiesler, Zeller, Fortunato, et al

Audio Samples

  1. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act I: Overture: We Are Here to Tell You the Tale of Gimpel (Badkhen) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act I: Once We Saw How Easy It Was to Fool Gimpel… (Badkhen, Townspeople, Gimpel) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act I: Matchmaking for Gimpel! (Badkhen) - Little March $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act I: The Wedding Ceremony Took Place… (Badkhen) - Little March (reprise) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act I: Mi Adir Al Hakol… (Rabbi) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act I: Akhas Asor, Yom la Khoidesh Adar… (Rabbi, Badkhen), "The Wedding Contract" $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act I: All Day Long I Watch the Clouds (Yetta, Wolf-Leib), "The Wedding Song" $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act I: Sameyakh Tesamakh Reyim Hahuvim (Rabbi) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act I: It Was a Black Moment for Gimpel (Badkhen, Gimpel) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act I: Mazel Tov (all) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act II: Four Months After the Wedding…, (Badkhen, Gimpel, Elka, Rabbi) - Lullaby $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act II: But What Was the Connection Between Elka and Eve? (Badkhen) - Pantomime $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act II: Out of Love to My Wife… (Gimpel), "Bread Song" $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act II: Night Music $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act II: O I Forgot to Tell You About My Goat (Gimpel, Goat) - Where Is the Lad? (Gimpel, Elka) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act II: Gimpel Had No Choice… (Badkhen, Gimpel, Townspeople, Elka, Rabbi), "The Divorce" $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act II: One Night As He Lay Asleep In the Bakery… (Badkhen, Evil One, Gimpel) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Schiff — Gimpel the Fool, Act II: Finale (continued): You Always Tell the Same Stories (Boy, Gimpel, Elka, Badkhen) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Schiff, David : Gimpel the Fool
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gimpel the Fool is a setting of the story by Polish-born American Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991). In the words of the composer, also of Polish descent, "it turned out to be world full of spirits and demons, as well as a world inseparable from Judaism". The opera was given its first performance in November 1975 at Hebrew Union College in New York as a version for singers and piano. It was subsequently orchestrated and the full version is heard on this recording. David Schiff was born in New York City in 1945. He studied composition with Ursula Mamlok at the Manhattan School of Music and with Elliott Carter at the Juilliard School, and is the author of books on the music of Elliott Carter and George Gershwin. Since 1980 Schiff has taught at Reed College, Portland, Oregon.



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>Schiff, David : Gimpel the Fool
  • Performers: Megan Besley (Soprano); D'Anna Fortunato (Mezzo Soprano); Thomas Glenn (Tenor); Bryan Hunt (Tenor); Alissa Mercurio (Voice); Tyler Oliphant (Baritone); Vale Rideout (Tenor); Judith Schiff (Soprano); Kevin Walsh (Baritone); Richard Zeller (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Kenneth Kiesler
  • Ensemble: Third Angle New Music Ensemble
  • Notes: Kaul Auditorium, Reed College, Portland, OR (06/03/2003/06/04/2003)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary