Fromm Music Foundation – Twentieth Century Compo

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From January 1957 to March 1962 Columbia Masterworks in collaboration with the Fromm Music Foundation released a series of 9 highly acclaimed LPs in the Twentieth Century Composer Series with music by composers including Elliott Carter, Luigi Dallapiccola, William Denny, Leon Kirchner, Ernst Krenek, Benjamin Lees, Jerome Rosen, Ilhan Usmanbas and Ben Weber.Sony Classical – with kind support by the Fromm Music Foundation – is now properly documenting the meritorious cooperation between Columbia Masterworks and the Fromm Music Foundation with the release of a special 9 (+1) CD boxed set, remastering the remaining 6 LPs with repertoire by Foss, Harrison, Killmayer, Kirchner, Krenek, Weber and Dallapiccola from the 2- and 3-track analogue tapes, and thus making this special repertoire available worldwide on CD and in digital 24-bit high resolution audio.The Fromm Music Foundation was founded by the late Paul Fromm in 1952. Since 1972, it has been located at Harvard University where it has operated in partnership with the Harvard University Music Department. Over the course of its existence, the Fromm Foundation has commissioned over 400 new compositions and their performances. The Fromm Foundation has also sponsored hundreds of new music concerts and concert series, among them Tanglewood's Festival of Contemporary Music, American Composers Orchestra, and the Fromm Concert Series at Harvard University.Our program of commissioning, along with its related activities, has been guided by these simple truths: all music is modern music in its own time, and music as an art will cease to exist if a living flow of musical creation no longer reaches a concerned and interested public. Merely stating these truths serves to bring into focus the anomalous status of the composer in contemporary society. Although his creativity is the source of musical culture, the increasing imbalance between artistic and commercial values has generally denied him a recognition commensurate with the importance of his function, while simultaneously denying our society contact with music that expresses its own sensibilities.SET CONTENTSDISC 1:Kirchner: Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano with Nathan Rubin, violin; George Neikrug, Cello; Leon Kirchner, pianoKirchner: Sonata Concertante (For Violin & Piano) with Ludwig Shapero, violin; Leon Kirchner, pianoDISC 2:Wilhelm Killmayer: Missa Brevis for Mixed Chorus A Cappella with The New York Concert ChoirLou Harrison: Mass for Mixed Chorus, Trumpet, Harp and Strings with The New York Concert Choir and OrchestraDISC 3:Lees: String Quartet No. 1 with the Juilliard String QuartetDenny: String Quartet No. 2 with the Juilliard String QuartetDISC 4:Rosen: String Quartet No. 1 with the New Music String QuartetUsmanbas: String Quartet with the New Music String QuartetDISC 5:Krenek: Sestina for Voice and Instrumental Ensemble with Bethany Beardslee, sopranoKrenek: Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae, Op. 93 with Bethany Beardslee, sopranoDISC 6:Weber: Fantasia (Variations), Op. 25 with William Masselos, pianoWeber: Concertino for flute, oboe, clarinet and string quartet, op. 45 with Julius Baker, flute; Harry Shulman, oboe; Alexander Williams, clarinet; Galimir String QuartetWeber: Serenade for Strings, Op. 46 with the Galimir String Quartet; David Walter, double bassDISC 7:Dallapiccola: Liriche greche, 5 Frammenti di Saffo (1942) with Frederick Fuller, baritoneDallapiccola: Liriche greche, 2 Liriche di Anacreonte (1944-45) with Elisabeth Söderström, sopranoDallapiccola: Cinque canti (1956) with Elisabeth Söderström, sopranoDallapiccola: Goethe Lieder (1953) with Elisabeth Söderström, sopranoDallapiccola: Concerto per la notte di Natale dell'anno 1956 with Elisabeth Söderström, sopranoDISC 8:Carter: Double Concerto for Harpsichord & Piano with Ralph Kirkpatrick, harpsichord; Charles Rosen, pianoKirchner: Concerto for Violin, Cello, 10 Winds & Percussion with Tossy Spivakovsky, violin; Aldo Parisot, celloCarter: Piano Sonata with Charles Rosen, pianoDISC 9:Lukas Foss: Echoi for Four Soloists with The Group For Contemporary Music At