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


Disc 2

Schiff, David

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

Total Playing Time: 01:39:06






Composer(s):
Schiff, David

Conductor(s):
Kiesler, Kenneth

Ensemble(s):
Third Angle Ensemble

Artist(s):
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

Release Date: 05/2007

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