To Be Sung upon the Water: Song Cycles by Dominick Argento

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All Music Guide - Joseph Stevenson
This disc is a slightly odd compilation of three song-cycles by Dominick Argento one of America's best vocal composers and fifteen minutes of vocal music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. It is an eighty-minute disc with very natural recital-hall type sound produced by ?edille's honcho James Ginsberg and the top engineering team of Mitchell G. Heller and Lawrence Rock. Each of the five sets of songs on it is for a different sort of accompaniment. The constant factor is the soprano, the talented recitalist Patrice Michaels Bedi sometimes billed more simply as Patrice Michaels. Argento's "Letters from Composers" uses guitar as accompaniment, sensitively and dramatically played ...
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All Music Guide - Joseph Stevenson
This disc is a slightly odd compilation of three song-cycles by Dominick Argento one of America's best vocal composers and fifteen minutes of vocal music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. It is an eighty-minute disc with very natural recital-hall type sound produced by Çedille's honcho James Ginsberg and the top engineering team of Mitchell G. Heller and Lawrence Rock. Each of the five sets of songs on it is for a different sort of accompaniment. The constant factor is the soprano, the talented recitalist Patrice Michaels Bedi sometimes billed more simply as Patrice Michaels. Argento's "Letters from Composers" uses guitar as accompaniment, sensitively and dramatically played by Jeffrey Kust. The cycle has a striking range of moods ranging from terrified Chopin's despairing letter from the cold Mallorcan monastery, to enraged Mozart's letter about being by fired by the Archbishop of Salzburg, to loving a Robert Schumann letter to Clara, and Kust is a major factor in allowing Michaels Bedi to portray them fully. "Songs About Spring" settings of E. E. Cummings poems use a piano accompaniment Elizabeth Buccheri and are done with appropriate wistfulness. "To Be Sung Upon the Water" Barcaroles and Nocturnes require piano and clarinet accompaniment adding Larry Combs to the performers' list and are most ably and touchingly presented. Combs remains for Vaughan Williams' brief "Three Vocalises," and violinist Elliott Golub is the accompaniment for four songs from Vaughan Williams' cycle "Along the Field." Patrice Michaels Bedi has an attractive voice and is a very sensitive musician and singer. She possesses or allows herself a "recital quality" of voice here, rather than showing a more operatic bloom, a slight detraction in this writer's opinion, but the disc is fully recommendable and certainly the best way to get to know a substantial representation of Argento's vocal work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/1996
  • Label: Cedille
  • UPC: 735131902922
  • Catalog Number: 29
  • Sales rank: 289,973

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–7 Letters from Composers, for voice & guitar - Johann Sebastian Bach & Dominick Argento (26:24)
    Composed byDominick Argento
    Performed byPatrice Michaels
    1. 1 Frédéric Chopin
    2. 2 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    3. 3 Franz Schubert
    4. 4 Johann Sebastian Bach
    5. 5 Claude Debussy
    6. 6 Giacomo Puccini
    7. 7 Robert Schumann
  2. 8–12 Songs About Spring (5) for voice & piano - Dominick Argento & Patrice Michaels (10:50)
    Composed byDominick Argento
    Performed byPatrice Michaels
    1. 8 who knows if the moon's a balloon
    2. 9 Spring is like a perhaps hand
    3. 10 in Just spring
    4. 11 in Spring comes
    5. 12 when faces called flowers float out of the ground
  3. 13–20 To Be Sung Upon the Water, for high voice, piano, & clarinet - Dominick Argento & Patrice Michaels (27:24)
    Composed byDominick Argento
    Performed byPatrice Michaels
    1. 13 Prologue. Shadow and Substance
    2. 14 The Lake at Evening
    3. 15 Music on the Water
    4. 16 Fair is the Swan
    5. 17 In Remembrance of Schubert
    6. 18 Hymn Near the Rapids
    7. 19 The Lake at Night
    8. 20 Epilogue. De Profundis
  4. 21–23 Vocalises (3) for soprano voice & clarinet - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Patrice Michaels (4:06)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Performed byPatrice Michaels
    1. 21 Prelude
    2. 22 Scherzo
    3. 23 Quasi menuetto
  5. 24 Along the Field, song cycle for voice & violin: 2. Along the Field - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Patrice Michaels (2:53)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Performed byPatrice Michaels
  6. 25 Along the Field, song cycle for voice & violin: 6. Good-Bye - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Patrice Michaels (2:26)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Performed byPatrice Michaels
  7. 26 Along the Field, song cycle for voice & violin: 7. Fancy's Knell - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Patrice Michaels (3:43)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Performed byPatrice Michaels
  8. 27 Along the Field, song cycle for voice & violin: 8. With Rue My Heart is Laden - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Patrice Michaels (1:33)
    Composed byRalph Vaughan Williams
    Performed byPatrice Michaels
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