Faces of a Woman

Faces of a Woman

by Tapestry Opera
     
 
Tapestry, the Boston-based women's trio, is joined by five other singers and instrumentalists in the album of music devoted to women's stories. The selections range from Medieval motets to European and American folk song to Romantic choral music to newly composed pieces. Most of the pieces have an early music/folk-like simplicity and purity

Overview

Tapestry, the Boston-based women's trio, is joined by five other singers and instrumentalists in the album of music devoted to women's stories. The selections range from Medieval motets to European and American folk song to Romantic choral music to newly composed pieces. Most of the pieces have an early music/folk-like simplicity and purity that give them an immediate, direct appeal. The performances are wonderfully appealing as well; the singing is impassioned and unaffected, and the instruments -- harp, vielle, fiddle, and cello -- provide a colorful, atmospheric accompaniment. Singers Laurie Monahan, Cristi Catt, and Daniela Tosic, joined on several tracks by Carolann Buff, Diana Brewer (and bass Darrick Yee in the excerpts from Rachmaninov's "Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom") sing with clear, straight tone and flawless intonation, and their voices are colorfully varied. The programming of complementary repertoire is inspired -- the contemporary pieces by Marcos Krieger, Ivan Moody, Joan Szymko, Margaret McAllister, and Robert Kyr -- fits seamlessly with the oldest, a ninth century chant. The two pieces by Hildegard, in fact, sound nearly as modern in relation to the chants as the twentieth century pieces. MDG's sound is clear, clean, natural sounding, and ideally resonant. Most of the music and performances are gentle, meditative, and serene; this lovely collection should be of interest to fans of early music, world folk music, and the sound of the blend of women's voices.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2008
Label:
Md&G Records
UPC:
0760623146829
catalogNumber:
3441468

Tracks

  1. Lyula, lyulyala, for chorus
  2. Prozor na ocima (A window for her eyes), for chorus
  3. Non sei como me alv'a, cantiga
  4. Rainha Santa Isabel, romanceiro for voices
  5. Nonne sui, nonne / Quant voi la flourette, motet
  6. A Chantar M'Er de So Qu'En No Volria
  7. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 31: Tebye poyem
  8. Three Poems of Anna Akhmatova, for chorus: Slova: Anna Akhmatova and Orthodox liturgy
  9. Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, for chorus, Op. 31: Sugubaya i Posleduyuschiya Ekteniya
  10. Nada te turbe (Nothing can harm you), for chorus & cello
  11. Veni creator spiritus, hymn
  12. Quia ergo femina, antiphon
  13. Spiritui sancto honor sit, response
  14. Grainne Mhaol ("Cry of seal and wild gull"), for chorus
  15. Work(s): Oró 'Sé Do Bheatha' Bhaile / Julia Delaney
  16. Careless Love, folk song (Appalachian)
  17. Love as a Child, for chorus
  18. If you love me, song

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