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1 	Overture	5:59 	
2 	Act 1. Scene 1. Vision	5:09 	
3 	Act 1. Scene 2. Death As A Shadow	8:22 	
4 	Act 1. Scene 3. Don Juan Enlightened	5:50 	
5 	Act 2. Prelude		2:36 	
6 	Act 2. Scene 1. Death As A Woman	3:04 	
7 	Act 2. Scene 2. Duel	6:18 	
8 	Act 2. Scene 3. Despair		6:50 	
9 	Act 2. Scene 3. Despair - Instrumental	1:48 	
10 	Act 2. Scene 4. Kyrie	5:56 	

Randi Larowitz - Soprano 
Elodie Lauten – Alto, Contralto, Fairlight CMI, Harpsichord
Bill Raynor - guitar
Arthur Russell - Cello, Tenor 
Steven Sauber 	- Actor, Bass 
Peter Zummo – Trombone


CD debut of this 1985 post-minimal landmark by Elodie Lauten, featuring performances by Arthur Russell and Peter Zummo. Lauten has been active in the downtown New York classical and punk scenes since moving from France in the 1970s. The Death of Don Juan is a breakthrough for its bold, lyrical minimalism in concert with a dramatic sensibility that is deeply faithful to the modern existential emotional experience. Originally self-produced and released as a small LP edition on her own label, it has been touted ever since by Kyle Gann, who adds notes to this edition, and was recently included on one of Alan Licht's Minimal Top Ten lists. ---


French-born, American-based composer Elodie Lauten was one of the most intriguing post-minimalist composers to emerge in the 1980s. It's easy to hear repetitive structures, additive layers, and harmonic stasis in her 1984 opera The Death of Don Juan, but her handling of minimalist materials creates a unique sound that makes her work stand out from that of Glass, Reich, and Riley. Critic John Schaefer aptly describes her style as a blend of "Satie-like lyricism, minimalist keyboard patterns, brooding electronics, gentle impressionism, and tapes of everyday noises." The simultaneity of all these elements in the opera makes for a dense and complex texture that still manages to sound delicate. The opera, which lasts less than an hour, structurally resembles Glass' Satyagraha somewhat in its establishing a single mood and musical ambience for each section and letting it play itself out in subtly shifting patterns and reconfigurations. An exception is the final scene, which begins with a simple chanting of the Kyrie and builds in power through an increasingly dissonant amalgamation of harmonic layers. The work isn't conventionally operatic in the sense of having a clear narrative conveyed by bel canto voices, but its ritualistic scenes are strongly dramatic. The recording dates from a 1985 release and is a welcome addition to the distressingly sparse selection of Lauten's music that's available on CD. Although the voices here aren't always the most beautiful, the singers, and instrumentalists (some of whom both sing and play) perform with conviction and eloquence. The sound is atmospheric and present, and Lauten's use of electronics gives it a brightness characteristic of electro-acoustic music of the period. ---Stephen Eddins, Rovi

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Elodie Lauten ‎– Waking In New York: Portrait Of Allen Ginsberg (2003) Elodie Lauten ‎– Waking In New York: Portrait Of Allen Ginsberg (2003)

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Act I
1 	May Days 1988/Part I: Day After Day 	6:04
2 	May Days 1988/Part II: How Many More Years 	7:06
3 	Lunchtime (Meredith Borden) 	3:10
4 	The Charnel Ground/Part I: See The Supervisor 	6:46
5 	The Charnel Ground/Part II: Giving Away The Giver 	5:28
Act II
6 	Personal Ads 	3:39
7 	Jumping The Gun On The Sun 	3:40
8 	Manhattan Thirties Flash 	3:21
9 	Song: The Weight Of The World Is Love (Sherrita Duran) 	6:37
10 	Waking New York/Part I: O New York 	6:35
11 	Waking In New York/Part II: Out Of The Womb 	9:53
12 	Waking In New York/Part III: Well Come & Be Balm 	3:48

Baritone Vocals – Mark Duer
Cello – Andrei Tchekmazov
Contrabass – Rafael Agudelo
Drums – Bill Ruyle
Flute – Ulla Suokko
Percussion – Mustafa Ahmed
Soprano Vocals – Meredith Borden, Sherrita Duran, Tyler Azelton
Text By – Allen Ginsberg
Viola – Tania Askins
Violin – Grigory Kalinovsky, Jaram Kim
Music By, Producer, Synthesizer – Elodie Lauten


WAKING IN NEW YORK is about experiencing daily life in New York through the eyes of Ginsberg, pictured in the later part of his life. From his apartment in the East Village, he tells everything about his state of mind, his body, his food, his work, his political causes - the Middle East, the death penalty, peace - all in the same breath. He is in a constant dialogue with his muses, Freedom and Compassion. He tells stories about the real people in his neighborhood, from the junkies and the homeless to the yuppies. Ginsberg expresses his love of life in a down-to-earth, occasionally satirical vision of the world, alternating with moments of deep emotion and classic lyricism. There is an uplifting element in Ginsberg's tolerant and all-inclusive vision of the city with its exciting jaggedness, its energy. Elodie Lauten met Ginsberg in 1973 when at 22, she first came to New York. She stayed at his East Village apartment, and occasionally accompanied him in his public readings. He introduced her to Buddhism with the chanting of mantras and meditation and became somewhat of a mentor. In her setting, she closely followed Allen's train of thought, alternatively introspective and expansive, edgy, playful or lyrical, sometimes triggering hints of different musical styles and unexpected chord changes. Because of her deep understanding of Ginsberg's personality and philosophy, she felt strongly about a melodic setting as opposed to narrative over music, as others had done before: in Waking in New York, every word is sung, even the most unlikely.


Elodie Lauten was born in Paris in 1950, the daughter of jazz musician Errol Parker, and came to New York 1973 when she was 'discovered' by poet Allen Ginsberg and encouraged in her already precocious excitement for sonic invention. She went to New York University, learnt a lot from LaMonte Young and others, married, became a Buddhist, and is the inspiration for dance and concert events, sound installations and the staging of operatic presentations, workshops and collaborations with instrumentalists and librettists. She has a formidable list of work which includes some curiously esoteric articles.

Her most recent piece was the première at the Willow Place Auditorium, Brooklyn of Symphony 2001 in its revised and unabridged version. This is a joyful nineteen-minute orchestral celebration of the Millennium in Sioux songs, mystery, magic, Buddha, making light of the dark predictions of Nostradamus, and building seven very brief movements from correspondences between colours and their sound frequencies.

Close on its heels follows the subject of this CD review, Waking in New York, a flow of Allen Ginsberg's introverted thoughts and impressions compiled only six months before his death, and made into a kind of Two Act musical by Elodie Lauten, with singers Mark Duer as Ginsberg, Meredith Borden as Compassion, with Tyler Azelton and Sherrita Duran as the two faces of Freedom. Lauten is described as a leading light of postminimalism, and this piece seems to be doing something like that, a minimal approach to word setting, harmonic structuring, instrumental colour and even the text itself.

For a short time its fascination is mesmerising, but neither music nor text are quite Sondheim, and only a strong personal enthusiasm or connexion would stimulate concentration for over an hour on this recording. It could be better live, and it does make one curious about other works (like that Symphony 2001), but on CD its mechanical syllabic setting, show-style vocals and instrumental constraint creates a longing for greater subtle invention [listen -- track 3, 0:00-1:00]. The Lauten website is, however, quite a revelation. ---Patric Standford,

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