Lydia Kavina - Spellbound!

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Howard Shore
Suite from "Ed Wood"  (1994, 2000)
(5:07, 1:03, 2:16, 1:21, 1:00, 1:20, 1:51, 3:56)
Ensemble Sospeso
Charles Peltz, conductor
composer supervised recording


Percy Grainger
Free Music No.1  (1936)   (1:22)
for four theremins

Free Music No.2  (1937)   (1:21)
for six theremins

Beatless Music  (1937)   (0:31)
for six theremins


Christian Wolff
Exercise 28  (2000)   (7:35)
for theremin, violin, French horn and double-bass
Ensemble Sospeso: Gemeinhardt, Menzies, McCoy
composer prepared recording


Olga Neuwirth
Suite aus "Bählamms Fest"  (1999)
(4:52, 6:00, 2:39, 3:08, 3:21, 5:28, 2:40. 6:09)
Ensemble Sospeso
Charles Peltz, conductor


Miklós Rósza
"Spellbound"  (1945, arr. 1946)   (6:09)
Concerto for theremin & chamber ensemble
Ensemble Sospeso: LeClair, Menzies, Frautschi, Rozanna, Gordon, Gosling


As a follow-up to her first CD of original theremin works, "Music from the Ether", Lydia Kavina returns with first recordings of major works for theremin and ensemble.
  • The first recording of Miklos Rosza's chamber version of music from the Hitchcock film "Spellbound".
  • 3 premiere recordings of works by Howard Shore, Olga Neuwirth and Christian Wolff.
  • 2 premiere recordings of graphically notated works for multiple theremins by Percy Grainger.
  • Oscar winning composer Howard Shore ("Lord of the Rings") created his suite from the movie "Ed Wood" especially for Kavina, who performed on the original movie soundtrack.
  • Leading Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth created this suite from her opera "Bahläams Fest" for Kavina, who performed in the opera's premiere.
  • Christian Wolff wrote "Exercise 58" especially for this project.
  • Shore and Wolff supervised the recording and rehearsal of their works.
  • This program was premiered at the 2000 Lincoln Center Summer Festival to a sold-out audience and received rave reviews.
  • Liner notes by theremin expert Olivia Mattis.
  • Original 96khz/24-bit high definition recording.
  • Enhanced CD features a 16-minute video documentary from the recording sessions, including interviews with Kavina, Shore and Wolff.

What the critics said of the Lincoln Center concert:
"The program also included pieces derived from two film scores in which the theremin is prominent, Miklos Rozsa's haunting "Spellbound" Concerto (1945-6) and Howard Shore's entertainingly derivative "Ed Wood" Suite (2000). In these, and the Neuwirth, Ms. Kavina was supported by the Ensemble Sospeso's beautifully played performances, conducted by Charles Peltz."
--- Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, July 21, 2000

"Bahläams Fest"...treated the theremin as an ensemble member, aptly combining it with strings, electric guitar, soprano saxophones and water-filled glass to reveal hitherto unsuspected possibilities for the instrument's stereotypically eerie voice. Pianist Stephen Gosling and the Ensemble Sospeso under Charles Peltz were her deft partners in the all-theremin program."
--- Barbara Jepson, The Wall Street Journal, July 26, 2000


Related Resources:

Also by Lydia Kavina on Mode Records:
Music from the Ether: Original Works for Theremin (mode 76)

Lydia Kavina Profile

Lydia Kavina Online

Olga Neuwirth Profile

Olga Neuwirth Online

Miklós Rósza Profile

Howard Shore Profile

Ensemble Sospeso Profile

Burkhard Stangl Profile

Charles Peltz Profile

Christian Wolff Profile



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