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Stefan Wolpe: Einstein's Address about Peace, etc

Album Summary

>Wolpe, Stefan : Excerpts from Dr. Einstein's Address about Peace in the Atomic Era, for voice & piano, C. 119
>Wolpe, Stefan : Hymnus aus "Der brennende Dornbusch," song for voice & piano (Fruhe Lieder no 1), C. 1/1
>Wolpe, Stefan : Wie der Liebeswunde gesunde, song for voice & piano (Fruhe Lieder no 2; Mechthild Lieder no 1), C.
>Wolpe, Stefan : Lied der Minne, song for voice & piano (Fruhe Lieder no 3, Mechthild Lieder no 2), C. 1/3
>Wolpe, Stefan : Vogelein Schwermut, song for voice & piano (Fruhe Lieder no 4), C. 1/4
>Wolpe, Stefan : Der Abend ist mein Buch, song for voice & piano (Fruhe Lieder no 5), C. 1/5
>Wolpe, Stefan : Lied aus "Des Knaben Wunderhorn
>Wolpe, Stefan : Gebetspruch des von der Sternegasse, song for voice & piano (Fruhe Lieder no 7), C. 1/7
>Wolpe, Stefan : Schlummerlied, song for voice & piano (Fruhe Lieder no 8), C. 1/8
>Wolpe, Stefan : Kleiner Erfolg, song for voice & piano (Fruhe Lieder no 9), C. 1/9
>Wolpe, Stefan : Idylle, song for voice & piano (Fruhe Lieder no 10), C. 1/10
>Wolpe, Stefan : Madchenlied
>Wolpe, Stefan : Be man Mames Hasele, folksong arrangement for voice & piano (Bearbeitungen no 2), C. 8/2, Op. 14/2
>Wolpe, Stefan : Wiegenlied
>Wolpe, Stefan : Alle Menschen tanzendik, folksong arrangement for voice & piano (Bearbeitungen no 4), C. 8/1, Op. 1
>Wolpe, Stefan : Es Kimt Gefloigen di Gilderne Pawe, folksong arrangement for voice & piano (Bearbeitungen no 6), C.
>Wolpe, Stefan : Kinderlied
>Wolpe, Stefan : Rechot (Lilacs), song for voice & piano (Vier Lieder no 4), C. 73/4, Op. 29/4
>Wolpe, Stefan : Mul fresko schel ribera ("On a fresco of Diego Rivera"), song for low voice & piano (Vier Lieder no
>Wolpe, Stefan : David's Lament over Jonathan, sacred setting for voice & piano, C. 132
>Wolpe, Stefan : Lines from the Prophet Micah, song for voice & piano, C. 76
>Wolpe, Stefan : Isaiah, song for voice & piano, C. 77
>Wolpe, Stefan : Song of Songs, for voice & piano (6 Songs from Hebrew no 6), C. 116
>Wolpe, Stefan : Der faule Bauer mit seinem Hunden, song for voice & piano (Zwei Fabeln no 1), C. 14/1
>Wolpe, Stefan : Epitaph, song for low voice & piano (Vier Lieder no 2), C. 73/2, Op. 29/2
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This CD presents premiere recordings of 18 Stefan Wolpe songs in English, German, and Yiddish as well as a new recording of Wolpe's cycle of Hebrew songs, begun in 1938, during the composer's residence in Palestine. In January of 1950 President Harry Truman announced that the U.S.A. would build the hydrogen bomb, and on February 12 Albert Einstein responded by speaking out against the bomb on a television program hosted by Eleanor Roosevelt. Two days later Stefan Wolpe wrote in his diary, "[. . .] it is time that all men should be freed and the perpetually besieged, exploited, and defiled earth with them. It is time to precisely define the concept of mankind's freedom." Wolpe poured his outrage into setting nearly one-half of Einstein's speech for voice and piano in the remarkable work that opens this program. The Ten Early Songs of 1920 are stylistically disparate settings with an eclectic harmonic language that ranges from the atonal to the neoclassic, using whole-tone scales, quartal harmonies, bimodality and bitonality, and nonfunctional triads. Wolpe's language here veers sharply from expressionism to popular idioms, including ragtime. Wolpe's wonderful 1925 Arrangements of Yiddish Folk Songs sets passionate folk melodies against accompaniments that are spare, cool, witty, and replete with modern harmonies, dissonant counterpoints, and broken rhythms. Wolpe selected texts for his Songs from the Hebrew from contemporary poets and playwrights, and from the Bible. He selected passages from the Prophets that conveyed his condemnation of injustice the hoped for utopia, and in the Song of Songs, he discovered an ancient, luxuriant eroticism. Hans Sachs (1494-1576) is best known today, at least outside Germany, via his later reincarnation in Wagner's nationalistic Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg. Wolpe's setting of the Sachs fable is virtually a miniature cantata. This recording, the third in Bridge's Wolpe series, features the singing of 2007 Grammy nominee, baritone Patrick Mason. These Wolpe recordings are available on Bridge: Vol. 1, Piece in 3 Parts; Quintet with Voice; Suite im Hexachord; P. Serkin, Knussen, BRIDGE 9043; Vol. 2 Compositions for Piano, David Holzman, piano (Grammy nominee); BRIDGE 9116; Vol. 4 Chamber Works; (available March 2007); Heinz Holliger, Surplus Ensemble; BRIDGE 9215.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Jacob Greenberg, Susan Grace, Robert Shannon (piano).

Recording information: 10/24/2005-10/27/2004.

Everyone associated with this project should drop what they are doing, step out on an imaginary stage and take a bow, including all the vocalists and pianists and producer David Starobin. As a result of their efforts -- basically carried out over a four-day recording period in the fall of 2005 -- a truly superb collection of Stefan Wolpe's modern classical vocal music becomes available.

The generous program starts out in 1950 with the provocative "Excerpts from Dr. Einstein's Address About Peace in the Atomic Era," a piece which superficially is worth mentioning simply to print the title and in the deep listening experience which emerges as one of the most complete, if not simplest, meetings of politics and art. It might be described as an Albert Einstein and Stefan Wolpe sandwich if the subject matter of "general annihilation" wasn't so totally unappetizing. The balance of the program are earlier song settings from Wolpe's output in Germany during the '20s as well as a series of "Arrangements of Yiddish Folk Songs" following his emigration to Palestine in the subsequent decade. An extended work from 1926 places texts from Hans Sachs in the setting of a baritone and piano duet, while "Ten Early Songs" from the very beginning of the '20s features soprano and piano. Robert Shannon, Jacob Greenberg and Susan Grace, all keyboardists involved in this project, would be the experts to go to for confirmation of any grandiose opinions expressed in conjunction with these performances. It truly seems as if Wolpe's command of these idioms is so thoughtfully prepared as to avoid banal repetition of any element; he'd rather work a little harder, chasing even the traditional elements through the harmonic equivalent of a network of rabbit warrens. His version of "Amul Is Gewen," finale in the "Arrangements of Yiddish Folk Songs," is a children's song about musical instruments themselves, presented affably enough as if the little bagpipes or whistles under discussion were gifts from a kindly uncle. All the while the piano part is both rumbling with dissent and shopping for jewelry; this could be what Albert Ayler wished his piano players would play. ~ Eugene Chadbourne



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>Wolpe, Stefan : Excerpts from Dr. Einstein's Address about Peace in the Atomic Era, for voice & piano, C. 119
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); Robert Shannon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 02/1950-03/1950

>Wolpe, Stefan : Hymnus aus "Der brennende Dornbusch," song for voice & piano (Frühe Lieder no 1), C. 1/1
  • Performers: Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Tony Arnold
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 05/22/1920

>Wolpe, Stefan : Wie der Liebeswunde gesunde, song for voice & piano (Frühe Lieder no 2; Mechthild Lieder no 1), C.
  • Performers: Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Tony Arnold
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 06/04/1920

>Wolpe, Stefan : Lied der Minne, song for voice & piano (Frühe Lieder no 3, Mechthild Lieder no 2), C. 1/3
  • Performers: Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Tony Arnold
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 06/04/1920

>Wolpe, Stefan : Vögelein Schwermut, song for voice & piano (Frühe Lieder no 4), C. 1/4
  • Performers: Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Tony Arnold
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 06/13/1920

>Wolpe, Stefan : Der Abend ist mein Buch, song for voice & piano (Frühe Lieder no 5), C. 1/5
  • Performers: Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Tony Arnold
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 06/17/1920

>Wolpe, Stefan : Lied aus "Des Knaben Wunderhorn :: " Rothe Äuglein, song for voice & piano (Frühe Lieder no 6), C. 1/6
  • Performers: Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Tony Arnold
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 06/21/1920

>Wolpe, Stefan : Gebetspruch des von der Sternegasse, song for voice & piano (Frühe Lieder no 7), C. 1/7
  • Performers: Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Tony Arnold
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 08/16/1920

>Wolpe, Stefan : Schlummerlied, song for voice & piano (Frühe Lieder no 8), C. 1/8
  • Performers: Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Tony Arnold
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: by 09/1920

>Wolpe, Stefan : Kleiner Erfolg, song for voice & piano (Frühe Lieder no 9), C. 1/9
  • Performers: Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Tony Arnold
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: by 09/1920

>Wolpe, Stefan : Idylle, song for voice & piano (Frühe Lieder no 10), C. 1/10
  • Performers: Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Tony Arnold
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: by 09/1920

>Wolpe, Stefan : Mädchenlied :: Wi asoi ken listik san?, folksong arrangement for voice & piano (Bearbeitungen no 5),
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); Robert Shannon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 04/1925

>Wolpe, Stefan : Be man Mames Hasele, folksong arrangement for voice & piano (Bearbeitungen no 2), C. 8/2, Op. 14/2
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); Robert Shannon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 04/1925

>Wolpe, Stefan : Wiegenlied :: Inter dem Kinds Wiegele, folksong arrangement for voice & piano (Bearbeitungen no 1), C
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); Robert Shannon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Wolpe, Stefan : Alle Menschen tanzendik, folksong arrangement for voice & piano (Bearbeitungen no 4), C. 8/1, Op. 1
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); Robert Shannon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 04/09/1925

>Wolpe, Stefan : Es Kimt Gefloigen di Gilderne Pawe, folksong arrangement for voice & piano (Bearbeitungen no 6), C.
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); Robert Shannon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 10/1923

>Wolpe, Stefan : Kinderlied :: Amul is gewen a klaein Yidele, folksong arrangement for voice & piano (Bearbeitungen no
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); Robert Shannon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 04/1925

>Wolpe, Stefan : Rechot (Lilacs), song for voice & piano (Vier Lieder no 4), C. 73/4, Op. 29/4
  • Performers: Leah Summers (Mezzo Soprano); Ashraf Sewailam (Bass Baritone); Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Susan Grace (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 04/1938

>Wolpe, Stefan : Mul fresko schel ribera ("On a fresco of Diego Rivera"), song for low voice & piano (Vier Lieder no
  • Performers: Leah Summers (Mezzo Soprano); Ashraf Sewailam (Bass Baritone); Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Susan Grace (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 03/1938

>Wolpe, Stefan : David's Lament over Jonathan, sacred setting for voice & piano, C. 132
  • Performers: Leah Summers (Mezzo Soprano); Ashraf Sewailam (Bass Baritone); Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Susan Grace (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 08/1954

>Wolpe, Stefan : Lines from the Prophet Micah, song for voice & piano, C. 76
  • Performers: Leah Summers (Mezzo Soprano); Ashraf Sewailam (Bass Baritone); Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Susan Grace (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Wolpe, Stefan : Isaiah, song for voice & piano, C. 77
  • Performers: Leah Summers (Mezzo Soprano); Ashraf Sewailam (Bass Baritone); Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Susan Grace (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Wolpe, Stefan : Song of Songs, for voice & piano (6 Songs from Hebrew no 6), C. 116
  • Performers: Leah Summers (Mezzo Soprano); Ashraf Sewailam (Bass Baritone); Jacob Greenberg (Piano); Susan Grace (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Wolpe, Stefan : Der faule Bauer mit seinem Hunden, song for voice & piano (Zwei Fabeln no 1), C. 14/1
  • Performers: Patrick Mason (Baritone); Robert Shannon (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 12/1926

>Wolpe, Stefan : Epitaph, song for low voice & piano (Vier Lieder no 2), C. 73/2, Op. 29/2
  • Performers: Leah Summers (Mezzo Soprano); Jacob Greenberg (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 03/1938