Shirley Verrett Edition

Shirley Verrett Edition

by Shirley Verrett

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/2013
Label: Newton Classics
UPC: 8718247711673
catalogNumber: 8802167
Rank: 83824

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Oh Freedom  (03:22)
  2. Lamento esclavo (The Song of a Slave), song  (02:07)
  3. Strange Fruit  (03:13)
  4. Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny), opera: Denn wie man sich bettet

    1. Denn wie man sich bettet  (03:38)
  5. I Been in de Storm So Long, song  (03:37)
  6. If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)  (02:36)
  7. Zog nit keynmol az du geyst dem letztn veg (Never say that you are going on the last road)  (04:00)
  8. Lost in the Stars, musical play: Cry, the Beloved Country

    1. Cry, the Beloved Country  (03:38)
  9. No More Slavery Chains For Me (Many Thousands Gone)  (04:52)
  10. The Ants Go Marching (to the tune When Johnny Comes marching home)  (03:29)
  11. Where have all the flowers gone?  (02:50)

Disc 2

  1. An die Musik ("Du holde Kunst..."), song for voice & piano, D. 547 (Op. 88/4)  (03:03)
  2. An Schwager Kronos ("Spu'te dich, Kronos"), song for voice & piano, D. 369 (Op. 19/1)  (03:01)
  3. Ständchen ("Leise flehen meine Lieder"), song for voice & piano (Schwanengesang), D. 957/4  (04:15)
  4. Die Allmacht ("Gross ist Jehovah"), song for voice & piano, D. 852 (Op. 79/2)  (04:23)
  5. Was I not a little blade of grass?, song for voice & piano (also arr. for cello & strings), Op. 47/7  (05:11)
  6. Solitude (Again, as before, alone), song for voice & piano, Op. 73/6  (01:50)
  7. Oh thou, my field, song for voice & piano, Op. 4/5  (03:51)
  8. Spring waters, song for voice & piano, Op. 14/11  (01:55)
  9. He's Going Away, for voice & piano  (04:20)
  10. Zion's Walls, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II)  (02:07)
  11. At the River, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II)  (03:07)
  12. Honor! Honor!  (02:04)
  13. Oh, Glory, for voice & piano  (04:51)
  14. Witness, for voice & piano  (02:40)
  15. Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano & orchestra, K. 165 (K. 158a): Alleluja

    1. Alleluja  (02:53)

Disc 3

  1. Siete Canciones Populares Española (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40

    1. El paño moruno  (01:17)
    2. Seguidilla murciana  (01:21)
    3. Asturiana  (02:41)
    4. Jota  (03:12)
    5. Nana  (01:44)
    6. Canción  (01:08)
    7. Polo  (01:39)
  2. Minué cantado, for voice & piano  (03:10)
  3. Cantos populares españoles (20), for voice & piano: Paño murciano

    1. Paño murciano  (01:35)
  4. Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, songs (10) for voice & piano, H. 136: La maja dolorosa 1

    1. La maja dolorosa 1  (02:53)
  5. Cantos populares españoles (20), for voice & piano: Montañesa

    1. Montañesa  (02:38)
  6. Canciones clásicas españolas, for voice & piano in 4 books: Del cabello más sutil

    1. Del cabello más sutil  (01:21)
  7. Canciones negras (5) for voice & piano (or orchestra): Cancion de cuna para dormir a un negrito

    1. Cancion de cuna para dormir a un negrito  (02:57)
  8. Triptico, for voice & piano, Op. 45: Farruca

    1. Farruca  (03:14)
  9. Corazón que en prisión  (02:10)
  10. Tonadillas al estilo antiguo, songs (10) for voice & piano, H. 136: El mirar de la maja

    1. El mirar de la maja  (03:04)
  11. El Vito, for voice & piano  (01:42)

Disc 4

  1. Credo, for chorus, strings & continuo in E minor, RV 591

    1. Credo in unum Deum  (02:24)
    2. Et incarnatus est  (01:39)
    3. Crucifixus  (03:39)
    4. Et resurrexit  (03:16)
  2. Stabat Mater, hymn for voice, strings & continuo in F minor, RV 621

    1. Stabat Mater dolorosa  (04:03)
    2. Cujus animam gementem  (01:38)
    3. O quam tristis  (02:17)
    4. Eja mater, fons amoris  (03:37)
    5. Fac ut ardeat  (02:00)
    6. Amen  (01:28)
  3. Beatus vir, (Psalm 111), for 5 voices, double chorus, 2 oboes, 2 organs, double strings & continuo in C major, RV 597

    1. Beatus vir  (03:09)
    2. Potens in terra  (02:40)
    3. Gloria et divitiae  (03:04)
    4. Exortum est in tenebris  (03:45)
    5. Jucundus homo  (02:58)
    6. In memoria aeterna  (05:14)
    7. Paratum cor eius  (02:10)
    8. Peccator videbit  (04:33)
    9. Gloria Patri  (03:10)

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Shirley Verrett Edition 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
musichathcharms More than 1 year ago
Collection of Verrett Performances Provides Elegant History Much –loved mezzo soprano Shirley Verrett is celebrated in this four-cd set, a collection of many favorites and best performances. The volumes are organized by performance venues, all from the mid-1960s. The volumes the Storm, Carnegie Hall, Spanish Songs, and Vivaldi provide four different concerts, compiling an Edition. Ms. Verrett’s exquisite tone and texture shine through the years to remind the musical world of her unforgettable talent and skill. The booklet, while brief, gives the audience a glimpse of Ms. Verrett’s history and successes. Her public audiences, voice students, choir directors looking for special pieces for training, and opera aficionados will all enjoy this presentation. Shirley Verrett shared her glorious voice for decades in concerts, recitals, and opera, setting the standard for generations to come.
JimD More than 1 year ago
Verrett in the beginning Mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett overcame racism to build an international reputation as a classical singer. There's no opera here--these four albums were recorded early in her career (1964-66, before her Met debut), and were clearly designed to let her show what else she could do. The Vivaldi bears no relation to Early Music as it is performed today, with its modern orchestra, and the Polyphonic Ensemble of Rome probably an opera house chorus on its day off. Verrett only sings a solo `Stabat Mater' with strings, but performs with a dignity and elegance worth any amount of period style. The collection of folk and protest songs is likewise very much a product of its time (though the arrangement of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" is very effective). Best in the set are the two recital discs: a concert from Carnegie Hall--with a surprisingly agile encore of the Alleluia from Mozart's "Exsultate jubilate"--and a program of Spanish songs, both accompanied by Charles Wadsworth. Discs are all on the short side, as they replicate exactly the original albums; a background essay, but no texts.
Ted_Wilks More than 1 year ago
The much-loved mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett (1931-2010) was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She sang in church and showed early musical abilities. Although her family initially discouraged a singing career, she studied with Anna Fitziu, Marion Szekely Freschl, and Hall Johnson. In 1961 she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. From her 1957 operatic debut in Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia" though her final performances in the 1990s, Ms. Verrett had a varied career from opera to Broadway and from recitals to spirituals. In her memoir, published in 2003, she spoke frankly about the racism she encountered in the American classical music world. In the early 1960s Conductor Leopold Stokowski invited her to perform with the Houston Symphony but had to withdraw the invitation because the orchestra board refused to accept a black soloist. She later performed triumphantly with the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra under Stokowski. In 1996 she joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance as a Professor of Voice. Admirers of this amazingly versatile artist will certainly welcome this 4-CD album of performances recorded from earlier in her career. The contents of Disc 1 range from spirituals to songs by Pete Seeger and Kurt Weill. Disc 2 contains songs by Copland, Rachmaninov, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky, plus Mozart's ever-popular "Exsultate, jubilate" that were recorded during a 1965 Carnegie Hall recital. Disc 3 contains Spanish songs by Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, Xavier Montsalvatge, Joaquin Nin, Fernando Obradors, and Joaquin Turina. Disc 4 presents yet another facet of Ms. Verrett's talent - three sacred works by Antonio Vivaldi: "Credo" (RV 591), "Stabat Mater" (RV 621), and "Beatus vir" (RV 597). This album is definitely a "must-have" for all who love great singing and admire Ms. Verrett's will to succeed despite career difficulties. Ted Wilks