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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.From the Inside Flap:
In 1979 actress Brenda Currin and director David Kaplan began adapting Eudora Welty’s work for the stage. First performing at midnight on the Off-Broadway set of "Vanities" the adaptation then titled "Sister and Miss Lexie" opened in June 1980 to critical acclaim. Frank Rich of the NY Times wrote "The actress has tapped right into the writer’s stream of consciousness ...The words pour out of her like music." Five years later the performance was revived at The Second Stage in New York. John Simon wrote in New York Magazine "Miss Currin looks, move and sounds sovereignly right." Soon after a twenty city tour of the United States began. There were month long runs in Chicago and Philadelphia, single performances at The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Chautauqua New York and the historic Thalian Hall in Wilmington, North Carolina.
In 1999 Edwin W. Schloss began to produce a compact disc version of the Welty adaptation. In the process of recording a "concert version" titled June Recital emerged. In the summer of 2002 a new staged version of June Recital rehearsed in New York and was further shaped that fall by touring performances throughout the state of Mississippi. In October of 2002 June Recital was invited to perform at The International Welty Symposium in Rennes, France.
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