Complete Discography

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Zaimont Suite four-movement video suite
        with music by Judith Zaimont, art by Gary Zaimont

View individual movements:
1:  The Joy of Danceart 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:

Disc 1:
CORTÈGE FOR JACK premiere recording
"Jazz Waltz" (from SUITE IMPRESSIONS)

Audio Clips:
Central Park
Garment Factory

Release date:  March 2012
MSR Classics 1366

        Christopher Atzinger, piano

'La fin de siècle'
A Calendar Set - 12 Virtuosic Preludes

Release date:  March 2012
Naxos 8.559665

ETERNAL EVOLUTION Music of 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

Audio Clips:
ZONES (mvt.3 "Temperate")

Zaimont :: Chroma  -- Northern Lights; Ghosts; Elegy; STILLNESS

Music for Orchestra
CHROMA -- Northern Lights  chamber orchestra
GHOSTS  symphonic strings
ELEGY  symphonic strings
STILLNESS - Poem for Orchestra

Slovak National Symphony Orchestra - Kirk Trevor, conductor

Release date:  April 2010
NAXOS:  American Classics B0037TTQ92

Shot through with colorful orchestral writing, melodic inventiveness, and Zaimont-ian textural shifting - Canfield, FANFARE

“These works are boldly painted in vivid orchestral colors, with a sense of direct emotional appeal.” - RECORDS INTERNATIONAL

* * * * A superb release of contemporary music.” - CINEMUSICAL

CHROMA -- Northern Lights::
“Dynamism and shifting images that transfix the listener”
- Canfield, FANFARE

“A fascinating study in orchestral textures and rhythm” - CINEMUSICAL

“Creates a kaleidoscope of sound. It’s quite a thrilling piece - Bob Briggs, MusicWeb International

“An impassioned work composed in long arch-like segments that spin out continuously… the effect is mesmerizing.” - Simmons, FANFARE

“Fascinating and brilliantly-colored … consistently engrossing.” - Simmons, FANFARE

America's Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Series 2, Volume 14

Parallel Play
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

Melville's Dozen
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 SonataAn Entertainment for Two Serenade

** On CD Hotlist for February 2008 (MLA Association)
Read review here.

“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), (June 2007), and Classical Musice Guide (June 2007). Read reviews here.

Audio Clips:
Lazy Beguine
Judy's Rag

Release date:  March 2007
MSR Classics   MS 1238

American Women: Modern Voices in Piano Music

Nancy Boston
Nancy Boston, piano

Suite Impressions  
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

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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: ]

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
classrev/2006/ Feb06/Zaimont_8559444.htm

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

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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

Valse Romantique
Immanuel Davis, flute

'Tanya' Poems
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

Cogent and completely expressed….  pleasurable listening experience.

--  All Music Guide

Release date: Projected Fall 2005
Albany Troy 785

Callisto: Music for Piano

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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

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"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"

Score excerpts:
1. Ricerca

Release date: October 2001
Harmonia Munda CD 907289


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" ... 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

Score excerpts:
Movement 1
Movement 2

Release date: August 2001
Jeanne Inc. CD

Vitality Begun

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"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

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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)

Audio clips:
Monarchs, second theme
Monarchs, brass
Monarchs, close
Symphony No. 1, movement 1
Symphony No. 1, beginning of movement 3
Symphony No. 1, melody of movement 3

Available through ArkivMusic
(original release in 2000 on Arabesque CD Z6742)

RADIANCE -- Choral Music by Judith Lang Zaimont

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MEDITATIONS at the Time of the New Year
The Chase
Sunny Airs and Sober
Excerpts from SACRED SERVICE for Sabbath Evening

Choral Society of Southern California -- Nick Strimple, conductor

Album Review:
Radiant Zaimont in 21st Century Music August 2001 Vol. 8 No. 8

Score excerpts:
"Dawn," page 1
"Hope," page 2

Audio clips:
"Thou Shalt Love the Lord"

Release date: February 2000
4-Tay CD 4015

The Vocal-Chamber Art -- Music by Judith Lang Zaimont

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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

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

Audio clips:
Greyed Sonnet 1
Greyed Sonnet 2
Songs of Innocence 3
Songs of Innocence 4
Magic World 3
Chanson Nobles Song 3

Release date: June 1999
Leonarda CD 343

Fluffy Ruffle Girls: Women in Ragtime

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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

Spring Beauties -- The Ragtime Project

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'Hesitation' Rag
Virginia Eskin, piano

Score excerpts:
"Hesitation' Rag," page 1

Release date: June 1998

When Angels Speak

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When Angels Speak -- Fantasy for Wind Quartet
Manhattan Wind Quartet

Score excerpts:
m. 19-27

Release date: Summer 1998

Women's Voices: Five Centuries of Song

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Let it be forgotten from Greyed Sonnets
Neva Pilgrim, soprano

Release date: November 1997

ZONES -- Chamber Music by Judith Lang Zaimont

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ZONES - Piano Trio #2
Peter Winograd, violin; Peter Wyrick, 'cello; Joanne Polk, piano

"Russian Summer" - Piano Trio #1
Peter Winograd, violin; Peter Wyrick, 'cello; Joanne Polk, piano

A Calendar Set: 12 Preludes
Joanne Polk, piano

Album Reviews:
"Beautiful music ... enthusiastically recommended"
-- Fanfare, May/June 1997 Vol. 20 No. 5 (full review here)

Alla Breve in Classical Pulse! August/September 1997 No. 23

Audio clips:
Russian Summer Romp

Available through ArkivMusic.
(original release in 1997 on Arabesque CD Z6683)

Neon Rhythm -- Chamber Music of Judith Lang Zaimont

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Hidden Heritage: A Dance Symphony
Karen Moratz, flute; David Krakauer, clarinets/tenor sax; Clinton Adams, piano; David Finckel, cello; Barry Dove, percussion; Doris Kosloff, conductor

Sky Curtains: Borealis, Australis
Kathleen Nester, flute; Daniel Gilbert, clarinet; Robert Wagner, bassoon; Lois Martin, viola; Christopher Finckel, cello; Doris Kosloff, conductor

Lisa Kozenko, oboe; Dana Burnett, piano

Dance / Inner Dance
Kathleen Nester, flute; Rheta Smith, oboe; Theodore Mook, cello

Album Reviews:
"Entirely impressive music"
-- Classical Compact Disc Guide, Fall 1996 Vol. 9 No. 1 (full review here)

Review: Neon Rhythm in Fanfare May/June 1996 Vol. 19 No. 5

Score excerpts:
Hidden Heritage, "At Home: 'Jennie' Fantasia," tenor sax theme
Hidden Heritage, "At Home: 'Jennie' Fantasia," flute and clarinet
Hidden Heritage, "Street Scene -- Black Belt"
Sky Curtains - Australis, fugato entrances.

Audio clips:
Hidden Heritage, movement 1
Hidden Heritage, movement 2
Hidden Heritage, movement 2 (saxophone theme)
Hidden Heritage, movement 3
Hidden Heritage, movement 4
Sky Curtains - Australis

Available through ArkivMusio
(original release date in 1996 Arabesque CD Z6667)


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Suite Impressions: Folk Song, Jazz Waltz, In Pop Style
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

Score excerpts:
Folk Song
'Reflective' Rag

Audio clips:
Snazzy Sonata, movement 3
Suite Impressions (folk song)
Suite Impressions (in pop style)
Suite Impressions (jazz waltz)

Release date: October 1996
4-Tay CD 4001

Character Sketches: Solo Piano Works by 7 American Women

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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

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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

Florilegium Chamber Choir

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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.

"A great work!" - Gregg Smith, conductor.

Release date: March 1991

Link to Early Recordings

A Calendar Set
Chansons Nobles et Sentimentales
Greyed Sonnets
The Magic World: Ritual Music for Three
Nocturne: La Fin de Siècle
Songs of Innocence
Sunny Aires and Sober
Three Ayres

Release date: before 1990



Judith Lang Zaimont