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Leon Kirchner: Orchestral Works / Mitropoulos

Album Summary

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Music for Orchestra
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Lily for soprano & chamber orchestra
>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Concerto for Piano no 1
Performers Conductors Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

This disc includes a premiere recording made in 1992 with Leon Kirchner conducting his Music for Orchestra with the orchestra he founded at Harvard along with two historic releases from the SONY Columbia catalog, both featuring Leon Kirchner, as a pianist in his Piano Concerto No. 1 with Dimitri Mitropoulos conducting, recorded 1956 and as a conductor in Lily (for soprano and chamber ensemble), recorded 1973. Leon Kirchner (1919-2009), composer, conductor, and virtuoso pianist, was recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal in 2009, and an Honorary Doctorate at Harvard in 2001. He received the New York Music Critics Circle award, the Naumburg Award, Pulitzer Prize, and the Freidheim Award, and commissions from the Ford, Fromm, and Koussevitzky Foundations, the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Symphony, Spoleto and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals, the Boston Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. Kirchner studied with Arnold Schoenberg, Roger Sessions, and Ernest Bloch. He was composer-in-residence and a performer at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center, Tokyo Music Today (Takemitsu Festival), and the Spoleto, Charleston, Aldeburgh, and Marlboro Music Festivals.

"The performances here are excellent, as is the sound, even the vintage Piano Concerto recording. Kirchner himself participates in all three pieces, as pianist, conductor, and in Lily, as a narrator. Soprano Diana Hoagland, who worked closely with the composer to create the title role in Lily, delivers a brave performance, with the theatrical oomph of a Broadway chanteuse combined with the elegance and beauty of tone of a Mozart soprano. In all, a powerful and important release." -Fanfare


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Works Details

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Music for Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leon Kirchner
  • Running Time: 11 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1969
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Lily for soprano & chamber orchestra
  • Performers: Allen Beard (Percussion); James Buswell (Violin); Paul Dunkel (Flute); Alexander Heller (Bassoon); Diana Hoagland (Soprano); Lorin Hollander (Piano); Nobuko Imai (Viola); Leon Kirchner (Piano); Laurence Lesser (Cello); Robert Routch (Horn); Richard Stoltzman (Clarinet); Allan Vogel (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Leon Kirchner
  • Running Time: 22 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1973

>Kirchner, Leon [Composer] : Concerto for Piano no 1
  • Performer: Leon Kirchner (Piano)
  • Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Running Time: 10 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1953