Zaimont Suite four-movement video suite
with music by Judith Zaimont, art by Gary Zaimont
View individual movements:
1: The Joy of Dance ~ art song “Clair de lune”
performed by Charles Bressler, tenor, J. Zaimont, piano
2: Borealis ~ mixed quintet Borealis, mvt. 1 of Sky Curtains performed by nsemble conducted by Doris L. Kosloff
3: BEASTS ~ symphonic wind ensemble Growler, from Symphony for Wind Orchestra in Three Scenes - performed by University of Minnesota Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jerry Luckhardt, conductor
4: Serenade ~ piano solo performed by J. Zaimont
Art Fire Soul: Piano Works of Judith Lang Zaimont (2-disc box set) Elizabeth Moak, piano (solo début recording)
Disc 1: SONATA CALENDAR COLLECTION (excerpts) JUPITER'S MOONS WIZARDS - THREE MAGIC MASTERS
NOCTURNE: LA FIN DE SIÈCLE
Disc 1: A CALENDAR SET - 12 VIRTUOSIC PRELUDES CORTÈGE FOR JACKpremiere recording
"Jazz Waltz" (from SUITE IMPRESSIONS) AMERICAN CITY: PORTRAIT OF NEW YORKpremiere recording HESITATION RAG
JUDITH LANG ZAIMONT Piano Music Christopher Atzinger, piano
Nocturne'La fin de siècle'
A Calendar Set - 12 Virtuosic Preludes
Release date: March 2012
ETERNAL EVOLUTION Musicof Judith Lang Zaimont The Harlem Quartet, string quartet
Awadagin Pratt, piano Enhanced CD includes scores and score excerpts
String Quartet 'The Figure' premiere recording
ZONES - Piano Trio No. 2
ASTRAL ...a mirror life on the astral plain... viola solo, premiere recording Serenade violin, cello, piano, premiere recording
Release date: April 2011
Navona Records (PARMA)
“Immediately immerses the auditor in Zaimont’s own soundscape…. The musical language of the works on these two CDs is unmistakably Zaimont’s” – Canfield, FANFARE
“The String Quartet, “The Figure,” is a strong, powerful post-Bartók sort of work, and the Trio No. 2, called Zones, appeals to me even more. In fact, the latter may be my favorite of Zaimont’s compositions.
These are solidly constructed works—ruggedly expressive, if consistently austere, rewarding close, concentrated attention. They compel the attention of the listener, while making clear musical—if non-verbal—sense through contrapuntal rhythmic energy.
The performances of both these major chamber works convey stunning conviction, captured beautifully on the recording.” - Simmons, FANFARE
“In these chamber works the composer seeks above all that very intimate form of ensemble music-making that results from a tightly-knit ensemble of equals, each with a distinct identity and separate part to play. Thus the String Quartet, deriving its imagery from the idea of visual figuration illuminated in different ways, is a collaboration between partners, at times passionate, mysterious or easy-going and emotionally open.” - RECORDS INTERNATIONAL
ELEGY:: “An impassioned work composed in long arch-like segments that spin out continuously… the effect is mesmerizing.” - Simmons, FANFARE
STILLNESS:: “Fascinating and brilliantly-colored … consistently engrossing.” - Simmons, FANFARE
America's Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Series 2, Volume 14
I: Fanfare II: Folksong III: Folderol
Presidio Saxophone Quartet
Release date: September 2008
AUR Recordings AUR CD 3131
Melville's Dozen music for solo piano commissioned & performed by Nicola Melville
Hitchin' - a travellin' groove
Release date: September 2008
Innova Records B001E5PPE6
PRESTIDIGITATIONS -- Contemporary Concert Rags by J. L. ZAIMONT
The American Ragtime Ensemble, directed by David Reffkin
Doris L. Kosloff, Joanne Polk, Nanette K. Solomon & Judith L. Zaimont piano
Elizabeth Ann Owens & Immanuel Davis flute
'Bubble-Up' Rag - Concertpiece for Flute and Piano Reflective Rag piano // ensemble // flute and piano Judy's Rag Lazy Beguine ensemble 'Hesitation' Rag Snazzy Sonata – An Entertainment for Two Serenade
“An irresistible program of original rags and other pieces of popular Americana that the composer tweaks to loving, rollicking and poignant effect... The performances are captivating across the board, including those featuring Zaimont herself as pianist.... The music enchants. ” - GRAMOPHONE ~ October-November 2007
“An elegant, gorgeous, and revelatory demonstration of the possibilities latent in one of America’s most venerated but stylistically underdeveloped forms. ” - WORLD Magazine ~ July 2007
“Lyricism, variety - delightful contemporary music. Zaimont brings ragtime solidly forward to the 21st century, yet honors its century-old origins. She gets us to view ragtime as music.” - Max Morath
Additional reveiws from American Record Guide (Nov./Dec. 2007), All-Music Guide (Sept. 2007), Ragtimers.org (June 2007), and Classical Musice Guide (June 2007). Read reviews here.
1. Folk Song 2: Jazz Waltz 3: In Pop Style
Beautiful and very accessible contemporary piano music…. , a great listening experience.
Zaimont -- for Large Forces
SACRED SERVICE for the Sabbath Evening (6 movements)
James Maddalena, baritone, Ernst Senfft Chor, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conductor
PARABLE: A Tale of Abram and Isaac
John Aler, Frances Lucy, soli, Laudebus, members of the London Symphony Orchestra
MEDITATIONS At the Time of the New Year
Choral Society of Southern California, Nick Strimple, conductor
A Woman of Valor - mezzo and string quartet, Samuel Adler, conductor
Wonderful...affecting. Zaimont strikes her own epic note --the choral writing throughout cannily mixes declamatory, homophonic passages with simple, clear contrapuntal ones. A superb entry in Naxos's American Jewish Music series – one of the glories of this series. – Steve Schwartz at Classical Net [full review: http://www.classicalcdreview.com/jlz.html ]
Beautifully lyrical …. Distinctive and persuasive. Much fine music here. The choral writing is sophisticated and quite demanding, though complexity is never allowed to obscure the texts…. This is one of the most consistently rewarding of the fascinating Milken Archive series.
-- Glyn Pursglove at MusicWeb International http://www.musicweb-international.com/ classrev/2006/
Release date: January 2006
NAXOS CD Naxos 8.55944
(part of the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music)
PURE COLORS -- Music of Judith Lang Zaimont
Solo music and other works for small forces
WIZARDS - Three Magic Masters
Young-Ah Tak, piano
ASTRAL... a mirror life on the astral plane...
John Anderson, clarinet
Virgie Rainey - Two Narratives for Soprano, Mezzo and Piano
Wendy Zaro-Mullins, soprano; Jean del Santo, mezzo-soprano; Timothy Lovelace, piano
Immanuel Davis, flute
Tanya Remenikova, cello
'Bubble-Up' Rag - Concertpiece for Flute and Piano
Immanuel Davis, flute; Nanette Kaplan Solomon, piano
A rewarding collection of well-made music, consistently inventive and accomplished, rhythmically and harmonically subtle. In its use of a variety of forces, never in danger of wearying the listener … Her music is various and undogmatic, inventive and readily approachable, the work of a composer who should be more widely known.
-- Glyn Pursglove MusicWeb International www.musicweb.uk.net/classrev/2007/Feb07/
Cogent and completely expressed…. pleasurable listening experience.
-- All Music Guide
Release date: Projected Fall 2005
Albany Troy 785
Callisto: Music for Piano
Sonata for Piano Solo I. Ricerca (10:10)
II. Canto (11:46)
III. Impronta digitale (7:55)
Nocturne - La Fin de Siecle (7:04)
Jupiter's Moons I. The Moons Swim in Orbit (1:14)
II. Europa (3:06)
III. Leda (4:56)
IV. Io (3:17)
V. Ganymede (2:48)
VI. Callisto (4:50)
"Hesitation" Rag (5:45)
Joanne Polk, piano
Album Review: "...full of rapturous melodies… harmonically fascinating" - Frank J. Oteri, NewMusicBox (full review here)
Release date: December 2003
Albany Records CD, Troy 617
2001 Cliburn Competition Gold Medal Recital: Olga Kern
"Impronta Digitale" -- Cliburn competition selected work
Album Reviews: "The impromptu spirit not only lives but thrives in Judith Lang Zaimont's Impronta Digitale, one of the four works by living composers chosen for the [Cliburn] competition's semifinal round. A long, jazzy single line darts around the keyboard's lower register and materializes into toccata-like sequences and spiky arpeggios. As the piece progresses, textures grow more varied in terms of register and articulation, with generous portions of stabbing, motoric chords. A professor composition at the University of Minnesota School of Music, Zaimont has composed more than one hundred works in virtually every medium: opera, orchestra, chamber, vocal, choral, dance, film, and solo instrumental. One suspects that Impronta Digitale's ingenious and idiomatic keyboard writing has more than a little to do with the fact that Zaimont is an accomplished pianist in her own rights, who plays her own music with tremendous authority and verve."
- Jed Distler, CD program notes
Also see Kilstoft's interview with Zaimont on the 2001 Cliburn Competition in "Bibliography"
Release date: October 2001
Harmonia Munda CD 907289
" ... 3: 4, 5 ... " (3-movement quintet for oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, contrabass)
Members of Minnesota Orchestra
Album review: "A major contribution to chamber music for winds and strings which hopefully will be heard frequently in concert halls worldwide. A remarkably effective 21+ minute work by a major American composer perhaps just reaching the height of her powers…. Skillfully constructed, listener accessible, and yet retains a sense of fresh newness about it throughout…. Strong timbral imagination… tour de force of technical display for the ensemble … clos[ing] with a moving and at times tender "Elegy" which conveys an unmistakable American character."
- William Nichols, The Clarinet, September 2002
"Let it be Forgotten" and "Entreaty"
Patricia Stiles, mezzo; Graham Cox, piano
Release date: 2001
Cavalli CCD 308
reSOUNDings -- Orchestral Music by Judith Lang Zaimont
SYMPHONY No. 1 / ELEGY for Strings / MONARCHS - Movement for Orchestra
Czech Radio Symphony
Leos Svarovsky and Doris Kosloff, conductors
Album Reviews: "Judith Lang Zaimont is, along with Christopher Rouse, Arnold Rosner, and Joseph Schwantner, one of the most interesting compositional voices of her generation. … Most of the works of hers I know reveal a convincing sense of authenticity and expressive purpose."
-- Walter Simmons, Fanfare, May/June 2001 Vol. 24 No. 5 (full review here)
* Symphony No. 1 cited in Summer2007 American Record Guide as one of the most significant American symphonies" written to date.
"Zaimont writes in an au courant but very appealing idiom that blends bright, wide-spaced harmonies (both triadic and iridescent) and sumptuous, imaginative textures with invigorating freshness, energy, and warmth. At her best -- certainly in Symphony No. 1 and the Elegy -- Zaimont shows herself to be an impressive symphonic composer."
-- American Record Guide, November/December 2000 (full review here)
The Vocal-Chamber Art -- Music by Judith Lang Zaimont
Chansons Nobles et Sentimentales
Charles Bressler, tenor; JL Zaimont, piano
Elena Tyminski, soprano; JL Zaimont, piano
TWO SONGS for Soprano and Harp
Berenice Bramson, soprano; Sara Cutler, harp
SONGS OF INNOCENCE
Elena Tyminski, soprano; Pierce Brown, tenor; Nancy Allen, harp; Barbara Bogatin, cello; Patricia Spencer, flute; Roger Nierenberg, conductor
THE MAGIC WORLD: Ritual Music for Three
David Arnold, baritone; Jonathan Haas, percussion; Zita Zohar, piano
Album Reviews: Music by "a mid-career master"
"The pieces on this CD are terrifically good in many ways…. Zaimont clearly possesses a keen sense of characterization, pacing, and drama. Best of all, each cycle inhabits its own distinct emotional world."
-- New Music Connoisseur, Summer 2000 Vol. 8 No. 2 (full review here)
Interesting and distinctive…. Enjoyable, intelligent music; word-setting which demonstrates a consistent perceptiveness as regards the meaning and shape of the words, without ever forfeiting the proper liberties of the composer.A CD well worth hearing. --Glyn Pursglove in MusicWeb International
The Vocal-Chamber Art in Pan Pipes Fall 2000, Volume 93, Number 1
Two Piano Rags:Reflective Rag and Judy's Rag
Virginia Eskin, piano
Album reviews: "An anthology that will stick in your memory for its collective impact more than for any single piece -- except, perhaps, for the two contemporary rags by Judith Lang Zaimont, who combines classic style with more contemporary harmonies to extremely good effect." - Leslie Gerber
"Elegiac [Zaimont]" - TIME Magazine
(originally released on Northeastern Records, March 1993)
Release date: May 1999
KOCH: Classical Arts NR 246-CD
Available through ArkivMusio
(original release date in 1996 Arabesque CD Z6667)
SUMMER MELODIES -- A Piano Album
Suite Impressions: Folk Song, Jazz Waltz, In Pop Style "Evening" Excerpts from Calendar Collection: June, July, August, September Two Piano Rags - 'Reflective' Rag, Judy's Rag Nocturne - "La Fin de Siècle"
Judith Zaimont, piano
SNAZZY SONATA [one piano, four hands]
Moderate Two-Step // Lazy Beguine // Be-Bop Scherzo // Grand Valse Brilliante
Judith Zaimont and Doris Kosloff, piano
Album Reviews: "Zaimont expresses an innate musicality that is made especially appealing by a sincere and joyous spirit. This is refreshingly uncomplicated, easy to enjoy music..." - Fanfare
"The piano music of Judith Zaimont is distinctly American and unapologetically nostalgic... the title is warmly apt..." - American Record Guide
Character Sketches: Solo Piano Works by 7 American Women
Calendar Collection (16:00)
Nanette Kaplan Solomon, piano
Album review: "Zaimont's suite is replete with dandy tunes, poetically rendered moods, and more than enough sumptuous pianistic color and variety to make them great favorites with performers and audiences alike."
- Lehman, American Record Guide
Release date: August 1994
Leonarda CD LE 334
The American Chamber Ensemble
From the Great Land (22:00) Album review: "Judith Lang Zaimont's cycle is a touching and sensitive treatment of poems from Frank Buske's Woman's Songs. Mezzo Deirdre Kingsbury gives a dramatic performance, and the instrumental work of Blanche Abram and Naomi Drucker is exemplary." -- Journal of Singing
Release date: February 1992
LEONARDA CD LE 329
Florilegium Chamber Choir
Parable: A Tale of Abram and Isaac (16:23)
Soli - Cheryl Bensman, soprano; Paul Kelly, tenor; William Sharp, baritone; Walter Hilse, organist; JoAnn Rice, director
Serenade: To Music (8:47)
JoAnn Rice, director
Album reviews: "Zaimont has fashioned a powerfully theatrical work ... Solo voices are combined with the ensemble in varying textures, evoking vivid images which complement the strongly emotional story." - Journal of Singing.