American Classics - William Bolcom Songs

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American Classics - William Bolcom Songs



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23rd May 2005




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American Classics - William Bolcom Songs


You cannot have me now

Night, Make My Day

Digital wonderwatch

My father the gangster

Last days

Song dances Nos. 1 - 11

I will breathe a mountain

Pity me not

He had shag hair

The crazy woman

Just once

Never more will the wind

The sage

Oh to be a dragon

The bustle in a house

I saw eternity

Night practice

The fish

Costa del nowhere



River song

Messing about

Rats song

When we built the church

Carole Farley (soprano) & William Bolcom (piano)


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William Bolcom: Greatshot

Greatshot: You Cannot Have Me Now - or, The Military Orgy

William Bolcom: Casino Paradise

Casino Paradise: Night Make My Day

William Bolcom: The Digital Wonder Watch (An Advertisment)

The Digital Wonder Watch (An Advertisment)

William Bolcom: Casino Paradise

Casino Paradise: My Father the Gangster

William Bolcom: The Last Days of Mankind

The Last Days of Mankind

William Bolcom: Songs to Dance

This is a face

Since I have met you

The rabbit

I am not free

For me there is no song

From wandering in the forest


I wouldn't die without love

I remember

For everything turned false

I have climbed

William Bolcom: I Will Breathe a Mountain

Pity Me Not Because the Light of Day

How to Swing those Obbligatos Around

The Crazy Women

Just Once

Never More Will the Wind

The Sage

O to Be a Dragon

The Bustle in a House

I Saw Eternity

Night Practice

The Fish

William Bolcom: Tillinghast Duo

Costa del Nowhere


William Bolcom: Mary


William Bolcom: The Wind in the Willows

River Song

Messing About in Boats

Rat's Song

William Bolcom: Dynamite Tonite

Dynamite Tonite: When We Built the Church

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Bolcom has always exemplified his eclectic American heritage in a distinctly personal way.
As a pianist he's known for superb LPs of ragtime, Gershwin, Milhaud and songs with his wife Joan Morris. This collection of his songs with piano with Carole Farley, another performer of remarkable versatility, covers a range of styles from various periods; there are cycles and single songs.
Most of the accompaniments are hyperactively virtuoso, drawing on the full compass of the piano – a refreshing change from so much of the literature, but you're left wondering who else could play them like this. There are moments of repose, some in the witty mini-cycle Songs toDance from 1989. I will breathe a mountain (1990) sets 10 American women poets, each song reflecting their personalities in a different style.
'The Fish' is an amusing poem by Elizabeth Bishop, a helter-skelter ride as dizzy as some of Sondheim's patter-songs. 'Messing about in boats', one of three poems based on The Wind inthe Willows, makes an easy-going habanera.
This is a fascinating collection from one of the most individual American composers, who shouldn't be forgotten in the minimalist onslaught.
Full texts of songs are an asset, it's vividly recorded and is delivered with effervescent enthusiasm by both performers.”

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