ERNST KRENEK (1900-1991): What Price Confidence?, Op. 11.
Catalogue Number: 01K073
Label: Phoenix Edition
Description: This is a rather contrived little character-study in which two couples with reservations about their partner's concept of confidence (over-, under, self-, in others - you get the idea) end up exchanging partners almost inadvertently. Composed originally for a group of Metropolitan Opera singers who performed at soirées with piano accomaniment, which dictated the nature of the piece, the musical material is naturally and ingeniously conversational, fitted so precisely to the contour of the text as to suggest speech rhythms without the conventional artifices of sung prose. The music is readily accessible, in a relatively conventional, largely tonal idiom. The songs, in a more lushly late-Romantic idiom - early-sections-of-Gurrelieder Schoenberg, to be blunt, the idiom in which Krenek for all his eclecticism seemed most naturally at home - are more varied, and conjure a palpable sense of atmosphere. Libretto included. Ilana Davidson, Susan Narucki (sopranos), Richard Clement (tenor), Christopheren Nomura (baritone), Linda Hall (piano).