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SCHIFF, D.: Gimpel the Fool


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SCHIFF, D.: Gimpel the Fool

Gimpel the Fool is a setting of the story by Polish-born American Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991). In the words of the composer, also of Polish descent, “it turned out to be world full of spirits and demons, as well as a world inseparable from Judaism”. The opera was given its first performance in November 1975 at Hebrew Union College in New York as a version for singers and piano. It was subsequently orchestrated and the full version is heard on this recording. David Schiff was born in New York City in 1945. He studied composition with Ursula Mamlok at the Manhattan School of Music and with Elliott Carter at the Juilliard School, and is the author of books on the music of Elliott Carter and George Gershwin. Since 1980 Schiff has taught at Reed College, Portland, Oregon.

Disc 1

Schiff, David

  Gimpel the Fool
1.   Act I: Overture: We are here to tell you the tale of Gimpel (Badkhen) 00:02:29
2.   Act I: Let us begin, at the ending (Badkhen, Elka, Gimpel), "Elka's Death - Bed Scene" 00:04:23
3.   Act I: So Elka deceived me, and I just believed her (Gimpel, Badkhen, Townspeople), "Gimpel's Monologue" 00:04:03
4.   Act I: Once we saw how easy it was to fool Gimpel… (Badkhen, Townspeople, Gimpel) 00:09:38
5.   Act I: Gimpel was so confused… (Badkhen, Rabbi), "The Rabbi's Advice" 00:01:56
6.   Act I: But even the Rabbi's ugly daughter… (Badkhen, Rabbi's Daughter, Rabbi, Gimpel) 00:01:09
7.   Act I: Matchmaking for Gimpel! (Badkhen) - Little March 00:01:17
8.   Act I: So that's the one! (Elka, Gimpel, Badkhen, Rabbi) 00:05:01
9.   Act I: The wedding ceremony took place… (Badkhen) - Little March (reprise) 00:01:09
10.   Act I: Mi adir al hakol… (Rabbi) 00:02:00
11.   Act I: O echod mi yodeya (Badkhen, Townspeople, Rabbi), "Badkhen's Song" 00:04:45
12.   Act I: Akhas asor, yom la khoidesh adar… (Rabbi, Badkhen), "The Wedding Contract" 00:01:01
13.   Act I: All day long I watch the clouds (Yetta, Wolf - Leib), "The Wedding Song" 00:04:47
14.   Act I: Sameyakh tesamakh reyim hahuvim (Rabbi) 00:00:59
15.   Act I: It was a black moment for Gimpel (Badkhen, Gimpel) 00:04:13
16.   Act I: Mazel Tov (all) 00:02:18
17.   Act I: Elka, don't leave your new husband… (Gimpel, Elka, Badkhen) 00:01:49

Disc 2

Schiff, David

  Gimpel the Fool
1.   Act II: Four months after the wedding…, (Badkhen, Gimpel, Elka, Rabbi) - Lullaby 00:04:10
2.   Act II: But what was the connection between Elka and Eve (Badkhen) - Pantomime 00:01:44
3.   Act II: Out of love to my wife… (Gimpel), "Bread Song" 00:03:35
4.   Act II: Night Music 00:02:26
5.   Act II: O I forgot to tell you about my goat (Gimpel, Goat) - Where is the lad (Gimpel, Elka) 00:02:09
6.   Act II: May all the dreams I've dreamed tonight… (Elka, Townspeople, Gimpel), "Elka's Gevalt" 00:01:31
7.   Act II: Gimpel had no choice… (Badkhen, Gimpel, Townspeople, Elka, Rabbi), "The Divorce" 00:03:03
8.   Act II: I should have gotten angry (Gimpel, Badkhen), "Gimpel's Second Monologue" 00:01:30
9.   Act II: Little March (reprise) - Gimpel, you're not fair to Elka (Townspeople, Gimpel, Rabbi) 00:02:54
10.   Act II: And if Maimonides says it's kosher! (Gimpel, Badkhen) - Pantomime - Now listen Gimpel… (Elka, Gimpel), "Elka's Death - Bed Scene" (continued) 00:02:59
11.   Act II: One night as he lay asleep in the bakery… (Badkhen, Evil One, Gimpel) 00:05:02
12.   Act II: Gimpel, what have you done now (Elka's Ghost, Gimpel) 00:04:24
13.   Act II: Finale: Heeding Elka's words, Gimpel dug a hole in the ground… (Badkhen, Gimpel, Townspeople, Boy) 00:04:32
14.   Act II: Finale (continued): You always tell the same stories (Boy, Gimpel, Elka, Badkhen) 00:06:10

Total Playing Time: 01:39:06

Schiff, David

Kiesler, Kenneth

Third Angle Ensemble

Besley, Megan; Fortunato, D' Anna; Glenn, Thomas; Hunt, Bryan; Mercurio, Alissa; Oliphant, Tyler; Rideout, Vale; Schiff, Judith; Walsh, Kevin; Zeller, Richard

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Opera

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: 8.669010-11

Barcode: 0730099901079

Physical Release: 05/2007

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