Beach: Songs

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
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: 636943919125
  • Catalog Number: 8559191
  • Sales rank: 248,013

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Rainy Day, song for voice & piano (juvenilia) - Amy Beach & Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1:58)
  2. 2 Ariette, for voice & piano, Op. 1/4 - Amy Beach & Percy Bysshe Shelley (1:56)
  3. 3 When Far from Her, song for voice & piano, Op. 2/2 - Amy Beach & Amy Beach (1:40)
  4. 4 Empress of Night, song for voice & piano, Op. 2/3 - Amy Beach & Amy Beach (2:00)
  5. 5 Le Secret, song for voice & piano, Op. 14/2 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (2:47)
  6. 6 Ecstasy, song for voice & piano with violin obbligato, Op. 19/2 - Amy Beach & Amy Beach (2:04)
  7. 7 Within Thy Heart, song for voice & piano, Op. 29/1 - Amy Beach & Amy Beach (2:07)
  8. 8 Sleep, Little Darling, song for voice & piano, Op. 29/3 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (3:42)
  9. 9 Nachts (Nights), song for voice & piano, Op. 35/1 - Amy Beach & Christian Friedrich Scherenberg (2:21)
  10. 10 Forgotten, song for voice & piano, Op. 41/3 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (2:06)
  11. 11 Dearie, song for voice & piano (Burns Songs No. 1), Op. 43/1 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (2:02)
  12. 12 Far Awa', song for voice (or 2 sopranos) & piano (Burns Songs No. 4), Op. 43/4 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (1:27)
  13. 13 The Year's at the Spring, song for voice & piano (Robert Browning Songs No. 1), Op. 44/1 - Robert Browning & Amy Beach (0:50)
  14. 14 Ah, Love, But a Day, song for voice & piano (Robert Browning Songs No. 2), Op. 44/2 - Robert Browning & Amy Beach (2:58)
  15. 15 I Send My Heart Up to Thee, song for voice & piano (Robert Browning Songs No. 3), Op. 44/3 - Robert Browning & Amy Beach (2:47)
  16. 16 Come, Ah Come, song for voice & piano, Op. 48/1 - Amy Beach & Amy Beach (1:53)
  17. 17 Canzonetta, for voice & piano, Op. 48/4 - Amy Beach & Paul Armand Silvestre (2:13)
  18. 18 Ich sagete nicht (Silent Love), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/1 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (2:43)
  19. 19 Wir Drei (We Three), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/2 - Amy Beach & Hans Eschelbach (2:47)
  20. 20 Juni (June), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/3 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (1:56)
  21. 21 Je demande à l'oiseau (For My Love), song for voice & piano, Op. 51/4 - Amy Beach & Paul Armand Silvestre (1:55)
  22. 22 Go Not Too Far, song for voice & piano, Op. 56/2 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (1:19)
  23. 23 Shena Van, song for voice & piano (also with violin obbligato), Op. 56/4 - Amy Beach & William Black (2:24)
  24. 24 Baby, song for voice & piano (Mother Songs No. 1), Op. 69/1 - Amy Beach & George MacDonald (2:12)
  25. 25 Hush, Baby Dear, song for voice & piano (Mother Songs No. 2), Op. 69/2 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (2:15)
  26. 26 A Prelude, song for voice & piano, Op. 71/1 - Amy Beach & Amy Beach (1:20)
  27. 27 O Sweet Content, song for voice & piano, Op. 71/2 - Amy Beach & Amy Beach (2:45)
  28. 28 Ein altes Gebet (An Old Prayer), song for voice & piano, Op. 72/1 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (2:10)
  29. 29 Der Totenkranz (The Children's Thanks), song for voice & piano, Op. 73/2 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (2:19)
  30. 30 The Candy Lion, song for voice & piano, Op. 75/1 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (1:34)
  31. 31 A Thanksgiving Fable, song for voice & piano, Op. 75/2 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (1:23)
  32. 32 In the Twilight, song for voice & piano, Op. 85 - Amy Beach & Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (3:05)
  33. 33 The Host, song for voice & piano, Op. 117/2 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (1:26)
  34. 34 May Flowers, song for voice & piano, Op. 137/2 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (1:40)
  35. 35 I Sought the Lord, for voice & organ, Op. 142 - Amy Beach & Catherine Brigerud (2:23)
  36. 36 Though I Take the Wings of Morning, for voice & organ or piano, Op. 152 - Amy Beach & Robert Nelson Spencer (2:48)
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