And if the Song be Worth a Smile

And if the Song be Worth a Smile

by Lisa Delan
     
 

Both the composers and the performers on this release from the Dutch audiophile label PentaTone are mostly associated with the city of San Francisco, but the program is nevertheless diverse enough to live up to the more general "Songs by American Composers" subtitle. The title comes from Gordon Getty's "The Ballad of Poor Peter" (track 7), one of several compositions… See more details below

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Both the composers and the performers on this release from the Dutch audiophile label PentaTone are mostly associated with the city of San Francisco, but the program is nevertheless diverse enough to live up to the more general "Songs by American Composers" subtitle. The title comes from Gordon Getty's "The Ballad of Poor Peter" (track 7), one of several compositions on the program that take their inspiration from folk music. Getty's set "Poor Peter," to his own texts, draws on English folk song, while Jake Heggie's lush "Four Songs" include reworkings of three American folk melodies. The Heggie and the opening selections from the rather preciously naughty "Cabaret Songs" of William Bolcom are the only non-premieres here. Even though she is presenting music by the most varied compositional voices, soprano Lisa Delan holds the program together with a personality that's strong enough to make you forget the example of Bolcom and partner Joan Morris in the "Cabaret Songs" and also in John Corigliano's satirical "Dodecaphonia," which was also composed for them. Most of the songs are comic in one way or another, but they're balanced by the genuinely intense, neo-Romantic "Annettes-Lieder" of David Garner, setting German-language poems by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff and by the Spanish-language "Odas de todo el mundo" of Luna Pearl Wolf. The latter work is technically a stretch for Delan, but she's consistently fun to listen to. Superior Super Audio sound from California's Skywalker Studios is another attraction for a release that can be recommended to anyone looking for a one-disc survey of contemporary American art song. Booklet notes are in English, French, and German (the varying translations of the phrase "so-so sex" are instructive in themselves). The song texts are given in English only except where they are not in English; for those, an English translation is provided.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2009
Label:
Pentatone
UPC:
0827949009969
catalogNumber:
5186099
Rank:
311720

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Tracks

  1. Cabaret Songs: Amor  - William Bolcom  - Arnold Weinstein  - Lisa Delan  - Kristin Pankonin
  2. Cabaret Songs: Oh Close the Curtain  - William Bolcom  - Arnold Weinstein  - Lisa Delan  - Kristin Pankonin
  3. Cabaret Songs: Waitin  - William Bolcom  - Arnold Weinstein  - Lisa Delan  - Kristin Pankonin
  4. Cabaret Songs: Toothbrush Time  - William Bolcom  - Arnold Weinstein  - Lisa Delan  - Kristin Pankonin
  5. Poor Peter, songs (3) for voice & piano  - Gordon Getty  - Gordon Getty  - Lisa Delan  - Kristin Pankonin
  6. My true love hath my heart, for 2 voices, cello & piano  - Jake Heggie  - Matt Haimovitz  - Susanne Mentzer  - Lisa Delan  - Kristin Pankonin  - Philip Sydney
  7. Barb'ry Allen  - Jake Heggie  - Lisa Delan  - Kristin Pankonin
  8. He's Gone Away  - Jake Heggie  - Lisa Delan  - Kristin Pankonin
  9. The Leather-Winged Bat  - Jake Heggie  - Lisa Delan  - Kristin Pankonin
  10. Annettes-Lieder, for voice, cello & piano  - David Garner  - Matt Haimovitz  - Lisa Delan  - Annette von Droste-Hülshoff  - Kristin Pankonin
  11. Dodecaphonia, for voice & piano  - John Corigliano  - Mark Adamo  - Lisa Delan  - Kristin Pankonin
  12. Marvelous Invention, for voice & piano  - John Corigliano  - Mark Adamo  - Lisa Delan  - Kristin Pankonin
  13. Odas de Todo el Mundo, for voice, cello & piano  - Luna Pearl Woolf  - Matt Haimovitz  - Pablo Neruda  - Lisa Delan  - Kristin Pankonin

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Lisa Delan   Primary Artist

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