** 2021 Stock ** CP² Recordings presents Dane Rudhyar: Five Stanzas; Arnold Schoenberg: Pelleas & Melisande, Op. 5 by Colonial Symphony and Sinfóníuhljómsveit Æskunnar; Paul Zukofsky, conductor. Sinfóníuhljómsveit Æskunnar (the Youth Orchestra of Iceland) was founded in 1985, by Paul Zukofsky, and was a continuation of the "Zukofsky Seminars in Orchestral Music" which began in 1977, and were sponsored by the Reykjavik College of Music. The aim of both groups was to provide an opportunity for Icelandic music students to perform large scale (preferably 20th Century) works that they otherwise would not do. The orchestra was comprised of the students, teacher-coaches, and guests as needed to supply the required complement and under Paul Zukofsky gave the Icelandic premieres of Berg (Wozzeck Excerpts), Bruckner (Symphony No. 2 and 6), Mahler (Symphonies VI, VII, and IX), Colin McPhee (Tabu-Tabuhan), Messiaen (Et Expecto Resurrectionem Mortuorum and the Turangalila Symphony), Satie (Relache), Schoenberg (Pelleas and Melisande and his arrangement of the Brahms Piano Quartet) and Stravinsky (Orpheus).
The Colonial Symphony, founded in 1950, is based in Madison, New Jersey. Paul Zukofsky was music director from 1978 to 1987. Five Stanzas is published by Merion Music, Inc. (Theodore Presser Co.) Bryn Mawr, PA. Recorded at Madison Junior High School, Madison, New Jersey, March 15, 1982. Producers: Marc Aubort and Joanna Nickrenz. Recording Engineers: Elite Recordings, Inc. The recording of Pelleas and Melisande was made from two performances, and a dress rehearsal, January 8, 1990. Recorded by the Iceland State Radio. Editor: Paul Zukofsky. Montage: Joanna Nickrenz (Elite Recordings, Inc.).