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CD151   Daniel Pinkham: Two One-Act Operas

 

CD151

Daniel Pinkham:
Two One-Act Operas

The Cask of Amontillado
The Garden Party

The Chorus and Orchestra of the Boston Academy of Music
John Finney, conductor

  • Complete librettos
  • Performer profiles
  • 74'45" total playing time

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THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO
Libretto and Music by Daniel Pinkham
Opera in one act and three scenes based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe
Commissioned by Richard Conrad and the Boston Academy of Music
Premiere: 5 June 2003 at the Massachusetts College of Art
The Chorus and Orchestra of the Boston Academy of Music, John Finney, conductor
CAST:
   Montresor, a Roman nobleman: Richard Conrad, baritone
   Fortunato, a rich Roman: Alan Schneider, tenor
   Masked revellers in carnival costumes: chorus
Tracks 1 - 10, 31'35"

GARDEN PARTY
Libretto and Music by Daniel Pinkham
Comic opera in one act and four scenes
Commissioned by the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston
Premiere: 25 March 1977, Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music
Boston, Massachusetts, Thomas Dunn, conductor
Revival: 5 June 2003, Massachusetts College of Art
The Chorus and Orchestra of the Boston Academy of Music, John Finney, conductor
CAST:
   Adam: Joe Dan Harper, tenor
   Eve: Emily Browder, soprano
   Gabriel: Aaron Engebreth, actor
   Snake: Wayne Rivera, actor
   God (offstage and through a loud-speaker): Mark Pearson, actor
CHORUS:
June Baboaian, Jeramie Hammond, *Craig Hanson, *Daniel Hershey, Jane Leikin, Laurie Lemley, *Mark Morgan, Susan Byers Paxon, Clara Sandler, Kaja Schuppert, *Donald Wilkinson
*=Celestial Choir
INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE:
Stephen King, viola; Robert Lynam, contrabass; Bruce Creditor, clarinet; Justin Cohen, horn; Gary DiPerna, percussion; Anne Kissel Harper, keyboard
Tracks 11-24, 41'10"

Recorded June 15, 16 & 17, 2003 at Emmanuel Church, Boston, Massachusetts, and June 18, 2003 at WGBH Radio Studio, Boston, Massachusetts
Engineer: Antonio Oliart (Emmanuel); June Pipik (WGBH)
Editing and Mastering: Robert Schuneman, ARSIS Audio, Boston

 

Daniel Pinkham Daniel Pinkham was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on 5 June 1923. He studied organ and harmony at Phillips Academy, Andover, with Carl F. Pfatteicher; then at Harvard with A. Tillman Merritt, Walter Piston, Archibald T. Davison and Aaron Copland (A.B. 1942; M.A. 1944). He also studied harpsichord with Putnam Aldrich and Wanda Landowska, and organ with E. Power Biggs. At Tanglewood he studied composition with Arthur Honegger and Samual Barber, and subsequently with Nadia Boulanger.

He has taught at Simmons College, Boston University, Dartington Hall (Devon, England), and was Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University (1957-58). In 1950 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and in 1962 a Ford Foundation Fellowship as a choral conductor. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music where he is senior professor in the Musicology Department. Daniel Pinkham is Music Director Emeritus of historic King's Chapel in Boston where he actively served from 1958 until 2000. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees: LittD., Nebraska Wesleyan Univeristy, 1976; Mus. D., Adrian College, 1977; Mus. D., Westminster Choir College, 1979; Mus. D., New England Conservatory, 1993; Mus. D., Ithaca College, 1994; Mus. D., Boston Conservatory, 1998.

Pinkham is a prolific and versatile composer whose catalog includes four symphonies and other works for large ensembles; cantatas and oratorios; concertos and other works for solo instrument and orchestra for piano, piccolo, trumpet, violin, harp and three organ concertos; theatre works and chamber operas; chamber music; electronic music; and twenty documentary television film scores.

Pinkham's orchestral works have been played by major orchestras in the United States including the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, the Buffalo Philharmonic (which he conducted in the Premiere of his Organ Concerto Number One), the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of John Williams, Keith Lockhart, and by the composer himself, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico and many others. In June 1994 the London Symphony Orchestra recorded his Symphony Number Three and Symphony Number Four, Serenades for Trumpet and Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Sonata Number Three for Organ and Strings with the American organist James David Christie as soloist. In 1995 Dr. Christie premiered his Organ Concerto Number Two with the Rheinland Philharmonic Orchestra in Koblenz, Germany. In May 1997 Ray Cornils premiered his Organ Concerto Number Three with the Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra. In September 2003 Charles Ansbacher recorded Make Way for Ducklings with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Senator Edward M. Kennedy was the narrator.

In 1990 Daniel Pinkham was named Composer of the Year by the American Guild of Organists. In 1996 he received the Alfred Nash Patterson Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the choral arts.


Emily Browder has received critical acclaim as a versatile singing actress in the Boston area. She has appeared with the Boston Academy of Music, Opera Boston, Cantata Singers , and the Boston Music Theater Project, among others. She can be heard as The Boy on Boston Modern Orchestra Project's recording of Lukas Foss's Griffelkin (Chandos).


Richard Conrad has enjoyed equal success as a singer, actor, stage director, teacher, and impressario. Although he is perhaps best known as a specialist in belcanto repertoire and in the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, he has also performed a wide range of contemporary music, especially the compositions of Daniel Pinkham. Conrad began working with Pinkham in 1960, and since then has performed in the premieres of many of Pinkham's works which were composed especially for him, including Letters from St. Paul, Eight Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Requiem, Antiphons, the opera The Cask of Amontillado, and solo songs.


Aaron Engebreth maintains an active solo career in opera, oratorio, and recital. He has been a featured soloist with the Tanglwood and Ravinia Music Festivals, Boston Ballet, San Diego, Charlotte and New Haven Symphonies, Opera Boston, and Opera Aperta. Also known for his interpretation of early music, he has been soloist with many of the finest early music organizations in the USA. He lives with this wife, Katherine, and daughter, Daphne, in Portland, Maine.


John Finney is the well-established conductor of several choral and orchestral ensembles in the Boston area. He is Associate Conductor and Chorusmaster of Boston's Handel & Haydn Society, and holds the position of Distinguished Artist-in-Residence at Boston College, where he is Director of the University Chorale and Conductor of the Boston College Symphony Orchestra. He serves as Director of Music at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, and as Conductor of the Heritage Chorale in suburban Boston.


Joe Dan Harper has distinguished himself as a versatile singer of concert, recital, and chamber music repertoire. He has performed recently with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Boston Academy of Music, Central City Opera, Handel & Haydn Society of Boston, Opera Aperta, Opera Unlimited, Plano International Arts Festival, South Carolina Opera, Utah Festival Opera & Utah Opera. His recordings also include Wesley Fuller's setting of five poems by William Carlos Williams., A Solace of Ripe Plums, on the Capstone Records label. Joe Dan performs frequently with his wife, pianist Anne Kissel Harper. Sought after as interpreters of contemporary music, they have presented many premieres. Mr. Harper joined SUNY Fredonia School of Music voice faculty in the fall of 2005 after returning from a Fulbright Fellowship in Germany.


Mark Pearson is now retired from the faculty of New England Conservatory of Music, where he was for forty-two years chair of the Voice Department.


Wayne Rivera has distinguished himself on the operatic stage and in the concert hall both in the United States and abroad. As a finalist in both the Metropolitan Opera and the Chicago Lyric Opera auditions, he toured twenty-six countries as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Studio and has performed as a soloist with most of the major United States symphonies, as well as the New York City, Boston, and Hartford Ballets. He has sung leading roles in the opera houses of Aachen, Germany; Lucerne, Switzerland, and Lyon, France, and with numerous opera companies and major concert organizations in the United States. He is currently Chair of Opera Performances and Voice Faculty at The Hartt School in Connecticut.


Alan Schneider has performed in opera, operetta, and music theatre productions with many companies in his native New England and elsewhere, including Sarasota Opera, OperaDelaware, Florida Grand Opera, The Huntington Theatre Compnay, and The North Shore Music Theatre. He has most often appeared with the Boston Lyric Opera, having performed roles in seven of their productions over the past five seasons.