And if the Song be Worth a Smile

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Pentatone
  • UPC: 827949009969
  • Catalog Number: 5186099
  • Sales rank: 331,471

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cabaret Songs: Amor - William Bolcom & Arnold Weinstein (3:11)
  2. 2 Cabaret Songs: Oh Close the Curtain - William Bolcom & Arnold Weinstein (3:56)
  3. 3 Cabaret Songs: Waitin - William Bolcom & Arnold Weinstein (2:16)
  4. 4 Cabaret Songs: Toothbrush Time - William Bolcom & Arnold Weinstein (3:16)
  5. 5 Poor Peter, songs (3) for voice & piano - Gordon Getty & Gordon Getty (9:41)
  6. 6 My true love hath my heart, for 2 voices, cello & piano - Jake Heggie & Matt Haimovitz (3:29)
  7. 7 Barb'ry Allen - Jake Heggie & Lisa Delan (3:22)
  8. 8 He's Gone Away - Jake Heggie & Lisa Delan (3:00)
  9. 9 The Leather-Winged Bat - Jake Heggie & Lisa Delan (2:24)
  10. 10 Annettes-Lieder, for voice, cello & piano - David Garner & Matt Haimovitz (14:15)
  11. 11 Dodecaphonia, for voice & piano - John Corigliano & Mark Adamo (4:27)
  12. 12 Marvelous Invention, for voice & piano - John Corigliano & Mark Adamo (5:05)
  13. 13 Odas de Todo el Mundo, for voice, cello & piano - Luna Pearl Woolf & Matt Haimovitz (10:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lisa Delan Primary Artist
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