This is the original cast recording of the stage performance adapted by Brenda Currin and David Kaplan and featuring A Fantasia on Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto, along with a stunning spoken performance by Miss Currin, who reads from several Eudora Welty short stories. The result is a striking mixture of words and music that evokes Welty’s world of passion, humor, and the culture of the Deep South.
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The title of this recording is the same as the name of famed Southern writer Eudora Welty’s short story of Miss Eckhart, the piano teacher of a small Mississippi town. Miss Welty confided in her autobiographical "One Writer’s Beginnings," that of all the many characters she had created she could view Miss Eckhart as representative of herself, not for external reasons, but for shared passion. The compact disc recording of June Recital departs from the story of Miss Eckhart and spills over into other Welty stories and characters, including the comic classic "Why I Live at the P.O.", a cutting from the novel Losing Battles, and the themes of five other short stories. Every word is written by Welty, though stitched together in sometimes startling way to the passionate music of Beethoven.
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