New CD Due in Honor of Ned Rorem's 90th Birthday in October
On the occasion of composer Ned Rorem's 90th birthday (b. October 23, 1923),Naxos is releasing the recording of his collections, Piano Album I and Six Friends (8.559761), performed by American pianist Carolyn Enger, in its American Classics series. Many of these works are world-premiere recordings.
We hope you will keep this album in mind for articles/broadcasts being planned for Mr. Rorem's birthday as well as for review. Please let us know if you would be interested in interviewing Ms. Enger and/or Mr. Rorem.
One of America's most distinguished composers, Ned Rorem grew up in Chicago and was educated at Northwestern University, The Curtis Institute of Music, and The Juilliard School. He won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for his orchestral suite Air Music and has composed numerous works in all genres. He has received particular acclaim for his over 400 art songs, many of which have become a part of the standard vocal repertory. He was hailed by Time magazine as "the world's best composer of art songs." Beginning with the 1966 publication of The Paris Diary, Rorem has also produced a steady stream of prose publications (largely diaries and essays) and has received equal acclaim as both writer and composer. About his work, he said: "I conceive all music vocally. Whatever my music is written for - tuba, tambourine, tubular bells - it is always the singer within me crying to get out." www.nedrorem.com
Lauded for her sensitive, nuanced playing, American pianist Carolyn Enger is a musician who consistently entrances her audiences. MusicWeb International praised her playing as "thoughtful and sensitive... expressive... She plays with fine nuance and tone shading." Fanfare wrote, "Enger's dynamic control and emotional sensitivity complement her keen sense of timing and proportion."