Beach: Songs

Beach: Songs

     
 

Naxos' American Classics series brings Amy Beach: Songs and thus enters into a territory of vocal repertoire long considered essential to performers of English language art songs, yet never a very crowded field in terms of recordings. Amy Beach: Songs is a generous survey of Beach's songs dating from 1880, when she was 12 years oldSee more details below

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Naxos' American Classics series brings Amy Beach: Songs and thus enters into a territory of vocal repertoire long considered essential to performers of English language art songs, yet never a very crowded field in terms of recordings. Amy Beach: Songs is a generous survey of Beach's songs dating from 1880, when she was 12 years old, to the very last music she wrote before her death at age 77 in 1944. Beach's songs were never designed to knock your socks off, but the received wisdom that they are nothing more than pleasant parlor tunes wholly reliant on German models isn't right either. Beach's songs are sensitive, poetic, and made with a clear purpose in mind -- to project the texts through clearly stated and memorable melodic content. Mezzo soprano Katherine Kelton does an excellent job here in a wide range of material, the only caveat being that at times she's a little hard to understand, but all of the lyrics are included in the booklet so this is of no great concern. Accompanist Catherine Bringeraud paces all of the music very well and is strongly responsive to Kelton's voice while maintaining a mostly gentle and dignified calm. Kelton's liner notes are excellent and make the case for Beach without overstatement. Listeners familiar with Beach note a trend toward a deepening harmonic color in the works written from about 1920 forward; they will no doubt delight to discover hints of this late direction already present in songs such as "Come, ah Come" from 1902. That's the benefit of the comprehensiveness of the selection presented in Amy Beach: Songs; the subtle twists and turns in Beach's style and development are outlaid in a way that makes sense and is genuinely easy to grasp. But don't expect to untangle her secrets in one setting -- instant gratification isn't what Beach is about, and repeated listening pays off dividends here. Students of singing will doubtless welcome this release with open arms as Naxos has finally provided a package limited only to Beach's songs that is also, thankfully, a reliable and inexpensive guide to the way a large number of them are supposed to sound.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943919125
catalogNumber:
8559191
Rank:
303900

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Tracks

  1. The Rainy Day, song for voice & piano (juvenilia)  - Amy Beach  - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  2. Ariette, for voice & piano, Op. 1/4  - Amy Beach  - Percy Bysshe Shelley  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  3. When Far from Her, song for voice & piano, Op. 2/2  - Amy Beach  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  4. Empress of Night, song for voice & piano, Op. 2/3  - Amy Beach  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  5. Le Secret, song for voice & piano, Op. 14/2  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton  - Le Comte Bernard-Marie-Jules de Resseguier
  6. Ecstasy, song for voice & piano with violin obbligato, Op. 19/2  - Amy Beach  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  7. Within Thy Heart, song for voice & piano, Op. 29/1  - Amy Beach  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  8. Sleep, Little Darling, song for voice & piano, Op. 29/3  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton  - Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford
  9. Nachts (Nights), song for voice & piano, Op. 35/1  - Amy Beach  - Christian Friedrich Scherenberg  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  10. Forgotten, song for voice & piano, Op. 41/3  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Carol Randall Fabbri  - Katherine Kelton
  11. Dearie, song for voice & piano (Burns Songs No. 1), Op. 43/1  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton  - Robert Burns
  12. Far Awa', song for voice (or 2 sopranos) & piano (Burns Songs No. 4), Op. 43/4  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton  - Robert Burns
  13. The Year's at the Spring, song for voice & piano (Robert Browning Songs No. 1), Op. 44/1  - Amy Beach  - Robert Browning  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  14. Ah, Love, But a Day, song for voice & piano (Robert Browning Songs No. 2), Op. 44/2  - Amy Beach  - Robert Browning  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  15. I Send My Heart Up to Thee, song for voice & piano (Robert Browning Songs No. 3), Op. 44/3  - Amy Beach  - Robert Browning  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  16. Come, Ah Come, song for voice & piano, Op. 48/1  - Amy Beach  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  17. Canzonetta, for voice & piano, Op. 48/4  - Amy Beach  - Paul Armand Silvestre  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  18. Ich sagete nicht (Silent Love), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/1  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton  - Eduard Wissman
  19. Wir Drei (We Three), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/2  - Amy Beach  - Hans Eschelbach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  20. Juni (June), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/3  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Erich Jansen  - Katherine Kelton
  21. Je demande à l'oiseau (For My Love), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/4  - Amy Beach  - Paul Armand Silvestre  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  22. Go Not Too Far, song for voice & piano, Op. 56/2  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Florence Earle Coates  - Katherine Kelton
  23. Shena Van, song for voice & piano (also with violin obbligato), Op. 56/4  - Amy Beach  - William Black  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  24. Baby, song for voice & piano (Mother Songs No. 1), Op. 69/1  - Amy Beach  - George MacDonald  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  25. Hush, Baby Dear, song for voice & piano (Mother Songs No. 2), Op. 69/2  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton  - Agnes Helen Lockbert
  26. A Prelude, song for voice & piano, Op. 71/1  - Amy Beach  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  27. O Sweet Content, song for voice & piano, Op. 71/2  - Amy Beach  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  28. Ein altes Gebet (An Old Prayer), song for voice & piano, Op. 72/1  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  29. Der Totenkranz (The Children's Thanks), song for voice & piano, Op. 73/2  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton  - Louis Zacharias
  30. The Candy Lion, song for voice & piano, Op. 75/1  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Abbie Farwell Brown  - Katherine Kelton
  31. A Thanksgiving Fable, song for voice & piano, Op. 75/2  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Oliver Herford  - Katherine Kelton
  32. In the Twilight, song for voice & piano, Op. 85  - Amy Beach  - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  33. The Host, song for voice & piano, Op. 117/2  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton  - Muna Lee
  34. May Flowers, song for voice & piano, Op. 137/2  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton  - Ana Mulford Addision Moody
  35. I Sought the Lord, for voice & organ, Op. 142  - Amy Beach  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton
  36. Though I Take the Wings of Morning, for voice & organ or piano, Op. 152  - Amy Beach  - Robert Nelson Spencer  - Catherine Brigerud  - Katherine Kelton

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