Richard Danielpour: Songs of Solitude & War Songs

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Richard Danielpour: Songs of Solitude & War Songs



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14th Oct 2016




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Richard Danielpour: Songs of Solitude & War Songs


Songs of Solitude

Toward the Splendid City

War Songs

Thomas Hampson (baritone)

Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero


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Acclaimed as one of America’s leading contemporary composers, Richard Danielpour wrote Songs of Solitude as a response to the events of 9/11. Drawing on the poems of W.B. Yeats, the work enshrines a sense of economy and sparseness, formed of a set of six powerful orchestral songs. The motivating force for War Songs was a series of photographs of the young men and women killed in the Iraq War. The song cycle, with its texts by Walt Whitman, was written for the Nashville Symphony to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Toward the Splendid City is a portrait of New York City driven by Danielpour’s love-hate relationship with his hometown.

Richard Danielpour: Songs of Solitude

I. Prologue

II. Blood and the Moon

III. Drinking Song

IV. These are the Clouds

V. The Second Coming

VI. Epilogue

Richard Danielpour: War Songs

No. 1. Hush'd Be the Camps To-day

No. 2. Look Down, Fair Moon

No. 3. Reconciliation

No. 4. Year That Trembled and Reel'd Beneath Me

No. 5. Come Up From the Fields Father

Richard Danielpour: Toward the Splendid City

Toward the Splendid City

Gramophone Magazine

January 2017

“Both of these cycles were written for Thomas Hampson, who sings them magnificently.”

MusicWeb International

11th January 2017

“Basically tonal but spiced with seasoning from various sources.”

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