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Sure on this shining night
The romantic song in America
Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3
The Year's at the Spring, Op. 44 No. 1
Never more will the wind
When stars are in the quiet skies (Bulwer-Lytton)
The Children (Feeney)
These, my Ophelia (MacLeish)
When I have sung my songs
Nature, the gentlest mother (Dickinson)
Song to the Witch of The Cloisters (Hoffman)
The Tiger (Blake)
If l could tell you (Marshall)
Rose Marie (Harbach & Hammerstein)
An Old Song Re-sung (Masefield)
Do Not Go My Love
Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life (Johnson Young)
On hearing 'The Last Rose of Summer' (Wolfe)
The Side Show
The Collection (Kingsley)
Songs of the Clown: 'Come Away, Death'
The Lord's Prayer
To a Stranger (Whitman)
June Night (Higginson)
One Alone (Harbach & Hammerstein)
Orpheus with His Lute
Sigh no more, ladies (Shakespeare)
Robert White (tenor), Samuel Sanders (piano)
Tenor Robert White sings 28 romantic songs spanning the century by both native American and immigrant composers, from Amy Beach in 1899 to Marc Marder's Walt Whitman setting of 1996. There are many favourites (or 'favorites') here from the musical stage, including Friml's Rose Marie and Victor Herbert's Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life. Malotte's famous setting of The Lord's Prayer is also included. The title of the CD is taken from Samuel Barber's beautiful setting of James Agee (the poet of Knoxville, Summer of 1924).
The accompanying booklet is packed with anecdotes from Robert White's personal acquaintance with the majority of the composers represented. Several of the songs were actually written specially for him to sing.
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Come Away, Death
Death is almost as natural an ingredient in our lives as love, but whereas love is something bright and beautiful, life-giving, death is dark and irreversible. A beautifully crafted CD, centred around Shakespeare’s poem Come, Away, Death, taken from Twelfth Night. The sublime performance of Marianne Beate Kielland, takes the listener on a journey through this dark subject but brings them through it, enlightened and glad to be alive!
“Kielland sings with plaintive, strongly appealing tone throughout the disc. She is equally at home in Mussorgsky and Ratkje. Her voice perfectly adopts Death's terrifying charm...As the dedicatee of HVIL, she has the measure of its spectral whisperings...Osadchuk is at all times a sympathetic partner and an expressive equal in the Ratkje.” Classic FM Magazine, February 2011 ****
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