Quiet Thing: Songs for Voice and Guitar

A Quiet Thing: Songs for Voice and Guitar

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by David Daniels [countertenor]
     
 
David Daniels is arguably today's preeminent countertenor, but he's not content merely to sing Handel arias. A Quiet Thing is a searching exploration of music that's usually terra incognita for countertenors, and its success is due as much to Daniels's knack for imaginative programming as to his deep musical artistry and beautiful

Overview

David Daniels is arguably today's preeminent countertenor, but he's not content merely to sing Handel arias. A Quiet Thing is a searching exploration of music that's usually terra incognita for countertenors, and its success is due as much to Daniels's knack for imaginative programming as to his deep musical artistry and beautiful, rich voice. To be sure, some selections would still sound perfectly at home on an early-music program, notably Dowland's exquisite "Flow My Tears," a 400-year-old gem that makes for one of the disc's most poignant highlights. Likewise, Purcell's lovely "Music for a While" is a natural fit with the singer's traditional repertoire. But beyond that, Daniels dives into the countertenor deep end, offering songs as diverse as Steven Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer," Schubert's "Ave Maria" (with the well-known Bach/Gounod version thrown in afterward), and an imaginatively arranged "Shenandoah," as well as charmers by Bernstein, bel canto classics by Bellini, and others. It's a disc that crisscrosses centuries and bridges stylistic chasms, but Daniels's sure musical instincts and graceful sense of phrase give a remarkable cohesion to the crazy-quilt program. Credit must also go to Craig Ogden, who makes a sensitive partner on the guitar, elegantly complementing Daniels on one of the most surprising successes of the year.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
It may take a while to wrap your ears around "A Quiet Thing." Afterall, how often do you hear a countertenor sing Harold Arlen, let alone on the same album with John Dowland and Bellini? But David Daniels is a stylistically nimble and unfailingly musical performer, and a singer in the fullest sense -- not just a niche voice best confined to Handel and Monteverdi. Here, he and guitarist Craig Ogden deliver an intimate duet program of songs from all over the map, and while not every track succeeds equally, all are lovingly performed, finely detailed, and beautifully sung. Daniels uses some less "legit" vocal colors in the Broadway selections, and manages to find just the right tone for each of the three Bellini songs. The Spanish selections bring out the unusual richness and warmth of his singing, and Gabriel Mena's "A la caza" gives Ogden the welcome opportunity to let loose with rich chords. The most successful track on the album is the anonymous "Shenandoah," arranged by Roland Chadwick; the pointed harmonics of the guitar and a soulful delivery combine to great effect. Ogden arranged all of the other selections himself, and he plays his very idiomatic transcriptions beautifully, adapting to the differing styles and moods at will. "A Quiet Thing" was recorded in two different rooms, and the acoustical differences are readily audible. Also, a few spots reveal an uncharacteristically covered, almost diffuse quality to Daniels' voice; hopefully in his quest to broaden his (and listeners') horizons, he will not leave behind the crystalline singing that made him such a star.
Time Out New York
On A Quiet Thing, [David Daniels] teams with gifted Australian guitarist Craig Ogden for an intriguing program that casts its net unusually wide.... Dowland’s "Come again, sweet love"...may have never been so beautifully realized as on this CD. Parlor evergreens like "Ave Maria" rub shoulders with gossamer-voiced "Beautiful Dreamer" and Bernstein’s Aquarian Age anthem "A Simple Song".... Both artists shine brightest of all in a harmonically sophisticated, tear-inducing "Shenandoah."

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
Label:
Emi Classics
UPC:
0724354560125
catalogNumber:
45601

Tracks

  1. A Quiet thing  - John Kander  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Fred Ebb  - Fred Ebb  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  2. Blackberry Winter for voice & piano  - Alec Wilder  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Loonis McGlohon  - Loonis McGlohon  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  3. So Pretty (from "West Side Story"), song for voice & piano  - Leonard Bernstein  - Avril Bardoni  - Betty Comden  - Betty Comden  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Adolph Green  - Adolph Green  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  4. My shining hour  - Harold Arlen  - Johnny Mercer  - Johnny Mercer  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  5. Pánpano Verde  -  Francisco de la Torre  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  6. Con amores, la Mi Madre for 4 voices  - Juan de Anchieta  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  7. A la caza  - Gabriel Mena  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  8. Come again, sweet love doth now invite (First Book of Songs), for 4 voices & lute  - John Dowland  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  9. Flow, my tears, fall from your springs (Second Book of Songs), for 2 voices & lute  - John Dowland  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  10. Music for a While (from "Oedipus"), song, Z. 583/2  - Henry Purcell  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - John Dryden  - Alain Lanceron  - Nathaniel Lee  - Nathaniel Lee  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels  - John Dryden
  11. Vaga luna, che inargenti, song for voice & piano  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  12. Malinconia, ninfa gentile for voice & piano (6 ariette da camera)  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Ippolito Pindemonte  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  13. Ma rendi pur contento, song for voice & piano (6 ariette da camera)  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Pietro Metastasio  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  14. Ave Maria, for voice & piano (or other vocal arrangements; after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)  - Charles Gounod  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  15. A Simple Song (from "Mass", for voice & piano  - Leonard Bernstein  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Stephen Schwartz  - Stephen Schwartz  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  16. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)  - Franz Schubert  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  17. Beautiful Dreamer for voice & piano  - Stephen Foster  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  18. Shenandoah, folk song  - American Traditional  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels
  19. Plaisir d'amour  - Padre Giovanni Battista Martini  - Avril Bardoni  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Jean Pierre Claris de Florian  - Alain Lanceron  - Craig Ogden  - Craig Ogden  - Arne Oddvar Dørumsgaard  - Peter Byrd  - Roland Chadwick  - David Lee Daniels

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Schubert, Gounod, Bellini and others 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After an impressive string of remarkable recordings, David Daniels continues to amaze with his uniquely beautiful voice and utterly natural singing. Highlights, difficult to choose, include an incomparable "Come again, sweet love," "Music for a while," and the early Spanish songs, perfect showcases for Daniels' seemingly endless breath, lush low voice, and sublime soft high singing. What comes across most in every song is Daniels' instinctive musicality and sheer artistry-- what will we have next from the pioneering countertenor? This special disc makes almost anything possible. A Christmas album and more complete opera recordings-- Giulio Cesare, Partenope, Rodelinda-- are on the top of my wish list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I realized Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand covered the first two songs on this CD, I had to admit I was a bit worried that "A Quiet Thing" would be one of those crossover albums that famous opera singers need to do to please their management companies. But leave it to countertenor David Daniels to continue venturing into new territory for his rarefied voice type. Although Baroque-loving traditionalists may balk at his choice of repertoire this time, he paints a broad musical canvas along with guitarist Craig Ogden, encompassing American folk, English and Spanish renaissance, Italian bel canto, two versions of "Ave Maria", and even some Tin Pan Alley. This could have been an unwieldy smorgasbord for a lesser singer, but never underestimate Daniels' vocal dexterity, incredible coloratura and impeccable taste. Daniels and Ogden have really turned this program into a cohesive vision full of simply beautiful music wonderfully realized through voice and guitar - probably the best such coupling I have heard since Kathleen Battle and Christopher Parkening's "Pleasures of Their Company" more than a decade ago. Standout tracks include Alec Wilder's melancholy "Blackberry Winter", a contemporary piece which ranks right up there with any of Daniels' much-revered Handel arias; John Dowland's "Come Again, Sweet Love", so familiar yet perfect for his voice; the one-two Americana sequence of "Beautiful Dreamer" and "Shenandoah"; and the title track by John Kander, which he sings with a languid quality that adds dimension to its original meaning. Such flights of vocal beauty make one wonder when he will tackle the Sondheim songbook. This is a terrific album, ideal for those who want an introduction to not only the countertenor voice but also the artistry of David Daniels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago