American Song

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American Song



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13th Feb 2012




65 minutes


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American Song


Songs (5) for Contralto

Carter, E:

Poems (3) of Robert Frost



In Evening Air

Night Thoughts (Homage to Ives)

Poet's song

Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson


I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy & An American in Paris)

A Foggy Day (In London Town)

Shall We Dance

Thomson, V:

English Usage

My Crow Pluto

Portrait of F. B. (Frances Blood)

Meriel Dickinson (mezzo), Peter Dickinson (piano)



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The Dickinsons, who flourished from the late 1960s to the early 1990s, performed works by Copland, Carter and Thomson for the composers themselves and their performances, which are captured on this disc, including the Cage cycle, were first recordings, as is Copland's late piano piece Night Thoughts. As such, it is an important and historic release for those interested in American music.

‘Thank you so much for sending me your excellent recording. I have listened to the performances with the greatest pleasure. Your playing is absolutely topflight, and your sister’s command of the Gershwin style, let alone all the others, is superb.’ William Schuman

George Gershwin: Girl Crazy: I Got Rythm

Girl Crazy: I Got Rythm

Elliott Carter: Three Poems of Robert Frost

Dust of Snow

The Rose Family

The Line Gang

Aaron Copland: In Evening Air

In Evening Air

Aaron Copland: Night Thoughts (Homage to Ives)

Night Thoughts (Homage to Ives)

Aaron Copland: Poet's Song

Poet's Song

Elliott Carter: Voyage


Virgil Thomson: Two By Marianne Moore

English Usage

My Crow Pluto

John Cage: FIve Songs for Contralto

Little Four Paws

Little Christmas Tree

In Just

Hist Whist

Another Comes

Virgil Thomson: Portrait of F.B. (Frances Blood)

Portrait of F.B. (Frances Blood)

George Gershwin: A Damsel in Distress: A Foggy Day

A Damsel in Distress: A Foggy Day

George Gershwin: Shall We Dance: They All Laughed

Shall We Dance: They All Laughed

Aaron Copland: Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

There Came a Wind Like a Bugle

Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven?

The World Feels Dusty

Heart, We Will Forget Him

Dear March, Come in!

Sleep Is Supposed to Be

I Felt a Funeral in My Brain

I've Heard an Organ Talk Sometimes

Going to Heaven!

International Record Review

November 2014

“these recordings also have authority as well as boundless expressiveness and enthusiasm. It’s a wonderful musical voyage to the New World.”

Sunday Times

6th May 2012

“Meriel Dickinson’s mezzo is in fine fettle, and she thrillingly embraces the stylistic extremes of Copland’s ecstatic “Going to Heaven” and the eccentric speech-song of Virgil Thomson’s Portrait of FB.”

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