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Release Date: November 13, 2015

Catalog #: NV6011




1)       Stars & Distances

            Florida Grand Opera | Andrew Bisantz, conductor


2)       Seven Sisters

            Musician's from Czech Philharmonic/Czech Symphony Orchestra |

            Andrew Bisantz, conductor


3)       Seascape

           Czech Symphony Orchestra | Richard Hein, conductor


4-6)    Symphony #2 for Strings and Percussion

           Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra | Carlos Piantini, conductor


7-9)    Concerto for Clarinet and Strings

             Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra | Carlos Piantini, conductor

            Richard Stoltzman, clarinet







Fredrick Kaufman




The most recent recording of music by internationally renowned and critically acclaimed composer, Fredrick Kaufman, is a mystical journey through Kaufman's compositional explorations of the unknown, the natural order, and universal human experience. The two feature works are world premieres of his atmospheric choral & instrumental pieces that depict the cosmos in Stars & Distances and Seven Sisters.


The recording includes performances by world class ensembles and soloists including Richard Stolzman, the Czech Philharmonic & Symphony Orchestras, the Warsaw National Philharmonic and Florida Grand Opera.


As Kaufman explains, the title track, a choral work written for 16 voices, takes its inspiration from a night of stargazing, “trying to imagine what this overwhelming assemblage of specs would sound like if they indeed had a sound.” Seven Sisters is inspired by the star cluster Pleiades, among the nearest to Earth and most obvious to the naked eye, and is written for three instrumental ensembles which interact to create sound images of the composer’s impression of the star cluster. Rather than an image, Seascape is an indication of the ebb and flow, the shifting calm and tempestuous nature of ocean waves, contrasted with the static and stylized evocation of seabirds.


Kaufman’s Symphony No. 2 for Strings & Percussion was commissioned in 1971 by Maestro Lukas Foss for the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra to pay homage to Foss’s former teacher, Paul Hindemith. The work received its premiere performance at the renowned Israel Festival in 1972. The three-movement Concerto for Clarinet & Strings is praised by Bernard Holland of the New York Times as a work “destined to enter the ranks of the standard classical repertoire.”


This album features a web-application which includes scores, a digital version of the booklet, and more:




Kaufman’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated Holocaust composition Kaddish, which Bernard Holland of the New York Times described as “having the most expressive writing for strings to be heard today,” has been performed over 100 times in the major concert halls in Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, South America, Asia, and throughout the United States


Music critic Jim Roos of the Miami Herald hails Seascape as “fresh proof that Kaufman has a sensitive interior life. His sea is all seething emotional undercurrents, with strings faced off in opposing groups, and flicked with harp, celeste, and mallet percussion. You glimpse ominous depths through the shivering surface of this intense music …”


The New York Times hails Kaufman's music as “striking … individual … an interesting combination of overwhelming pathos and infectious joy”


Kaufman’s Stars & Distances, performed by the Florida Grand opera and conducted by Andrew Bisantz, will be played on a 24 hour loop at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum Planetarium in Miami starting in spring 2016




Fredrick Kaufman (b. 1936) is the composer of over one hundred and thirty compositions that have been performed worldwide by orchestras such as the Warsaw Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Czech Radio Orchestra, Lithuanian Philharmonic, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Instrumental Ensemble of Grenoble, London Sinfonietta, Czech Symphony Orchestra, Novi Musici, Dominican Republic National Orchestra, National Orchestra of Brazil, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony orchestras. Kaufman is a former Fulbright Scholar, and recipient of honors and fellowships from the Endowment of the Arts, the Rockefeller, Guggenheim and Ford Foundations.






Navona Records offers listeners a fresh taste of today's leading innovators in orchestral, chamber, instrumental, and experimental music as well as prime pieces of classic repertoire. Our music is meticulously performed by the finest musicians and handpicked to ensure the most rewarding listening experience.


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