Monday, December 1, 2008

Charles Bernstein



Ben Yarmolinsky, music
Charles Bernstein, Libretto

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Blind Witness: Three American Operas
published by Factory School, 2008



1. International (3:42): mp3
2. Against the Menace (Jill's Aria) (3:06): mp3
3. National News (1:40): mp3
4. Jack's Blues (3:08): mp3
5. Local (2:06): mp3
6. Financial (3:19): mp3
7. The Story of a Man(2:25): mp3
8. Weather (6:54): mp3
9. Sports (2:50): mp3
10. Closing (2:26): mp3

Jill Johns — Deborah Karpel, soprano
Jack James — Nathan Resika, bass
Jane Jones— Leandra Ramm, mezzo-soprano
John Jacks — Aram Tchobanian, tenor
Piano — Ishmael Wallace

Recorded December, 2005 at Gödelstring, Brooklyn, New York, December 2005. Engineered by Joel Hamburger. Image: Rachel Yarmolinsky
Commissioned by American Opera Projects, where it was directed by Grethe Holby.

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The Subject (1991)

Scene One

1. The Crystal Desk (4:35): mp3
2. Scheduling Duet (2:19): mp3
3. Jenny Midnight ’s Elegy (2:39): mp3
4. Frames Analysis (5:28): mp3
5. Jenny’s Platform (2:49): mp3
6. Normalcy (6:42): mp3
7. The Introjection Tango (1:38): mp3

Scene Two

8. The Inquisitor (2:52): mp3
9. Songs of Crossed Purposes (4:15): mp3
10. Men's Talk (5:59): mp3
11. The Subject (3:25): mp3
12. Mommy (3:03): mp3
12. The Children Are Quiet, the Horses Merry, & Everyone’s Gone to Sleep (Subject’s Valediction) (3:36): mp3

Jenny Midnight, The Subject — Carla Wood, mezzo-soprano
Dr. Boris Frame, Psychoanalyst — Stephen Kalm, baritone
Prof. Daemon Dudley, Director of Social Correction, Center for Normalcy — Thomas Bogdan, tenor
Piano — Elizabeth Rogers

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The Lenny Paschen Show (1992)

1. Opening Monologue (10:22): mp3
2. Monica Moolah (4:47): mp3
3. Wherever Angels Go (3:14): mp3
4. Paul Evangeline (2:19): mp3
5. Don't Get Me Wrong (3:46): mp3
6. Remember to Dance (3:19): mp3
7. Paul & Lenny (2:47): mp3
8. How Dull You Are (2:15): mp3
9. Maria Aquavita (2:16): mp3
10. The USA (3:53): mp3
11. The Show's Sensational (4:13): mp3
12. I Can't Stop (1:24): mp3
13. Conclusion (1:46): mp3

Lenny Paschen — Larry Adams, baritone
Monica Moolah — Darryn Zimmer, soprano
Paul Evangeline — Jeff Reynolds, tenor
Maria Aquavita — Jane Shaulis, mezzo-soprano
conducted by John Yaffé

First presented by American Opera Projects, where it was directed by Grethe Holby.



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