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Leading dramatic soprano Susan Bullock offers a stunning recording for Avie’s innovative Crear Classics series with a recital of songs which are linked by the theme of love and aspects of love. Covering a vast period from 1880 to the 1950s, the 19th century is represented by Richard Strauss in his youthful and flirtatious three early Lieder, and Wagner in his mature romance with Mathilde Wesendonck which resulted in the songs bearing her name. Prokofiev’s wistful and woebegone love songs are a fascinating complement to Britten’s Pushkin settings. Selections by the quintessential song composers Roger Quilter and Ned Rorem round out the eclectic programme. Susan Bullock’s consummate collaborator is Malcolm Martineau who first appeared on Avie in recital with mezzo-soprano Ann Murray (AV 2077).
“Few voices of this kind scale down effectively in song recital, but Bullock has a spectrum of vocal colours which she puts at intelligent service of the text - and in Malcolm Martineau she has a pianist to match her sensitivities. …a marvellous programme.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2007 *****
BBC Music Magazine
Choral & Song Choice - March 2007
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American Classics - Ned Rorem: Selected Songs
Carole Farley (soprano), Ned Rorem (piano)
"Unrecorded gems from a master songwriter, sensitively sung by Carole Farley...Carole Farley's diction is so immaculate that you will hardly need the booklet of texts, and her acute response to words must be one reason why Rorem so willingly collaborated with her on this recording... Admirers of Rorem's unique talent (I've said it before, but I'll say it again: there is simply no finer living writer of songs) will simply have to have this collection. His piano playing is beautifully supportive."
- Michael Oliver Gramophone January 2002
“Seventeen of these 32 songs aren't otherwise available on disc, and they include some of Rorem's finest and most haunting. The utter simplicity that weaves a magic spell in Nantucket, the beautiful paralleling of Gerard Manley Hopkins's ecstatic imagery in Spring, the bare but deeply eloquent Such beauty as hurts to behold, the amiable contemplation of old age and possible immortality in Full of life now – all these are warmly welcome, and it's good to have for the first time a complete recording of Rorem's nine settings of Theodore Roethke. Carole Farley's diction is so immaculate that you'll hardly need the booklet of texts, and her acute response to words must be one reason why Rorem so willingly collaborated with her on this recording. About the voice itself some might have a reservation. Although Farley fines her tone down for the most part effectively her sound is basically operatic. But rejecting this disc on that account would mean foregoing the infectious lilt of The Nightingale, the amply lyrical, movingly expressive Love in a life, the beautiful long lines of Ask me no more and all the others mentioned. No, admirers of Rorem's unique talent will simply have to have this collection. His piano-playing is beautifully supportive.” Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010
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The Art of Susan Graham
Sieben frühe Lieder
La Damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Chanson gothique 'Autrefois un roi de Thulé'
Dieu! Que viens-je d'entendre?…Il m'en souvient ... Je l'aime donc? (from Béatrice et Bénédict)
He, Zigeuner, greife in die Saiten ein! (No. 1 from Zigeunerlieder, Op.103)
Hochgetürmte Rimaflut, wie bist du trüb (No. 2 from Zigeunerlieder, Op.103)
Wißt ihr, wann mein Kindchen am allerschönsten ist? (No. 3 from Zigeunerlieder, Op.103)
Lieber Gott, du weißt, wie oft bereut ich hab' (No. 4 from Zigeunerlieder, Op.103)
Brauner Bursche führt zum Tanze (No. 5 from Zigeunerlieder, Op.103)
Röslein dreie in der Reihe blühn so rot (No. 6 from Zigeunerlieder, Op.103)
Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn (No. 7 from Zigeunerlieder, Op.103)
Rote Abendwolken ziehn am Firmament (No. 8 from Zigeunerlieder, Op.103)
Poème de l'amour et de la mer, Op. 19
Songs from Le livre de Baudelaire
O del mio dolce ardor (from Paride ed Elena)
Non, je n'espere plus... O toi qui prolongeas mes jours (from Iphigénie en Tauride)
O malheureuse Iphigenie! (from Iphigénie en Tauride)
Non, cet affreux devoir... Je t'implore et je tremble (from Iphigénie en Tauride)
Qu'entends-je? Qu'a-t-il dit?... Amour, viens rendre a mon ame (from Orphée et Eurydice)
J'ai perdu mon Eurydice (from Orphée et Eurydice)
O mon bel inconnu: 'O mon bel inconnu'
Brummell: 'Air de la Lettre'
Mozart: 'Etre adore'
O mon bel inconnu: 'C'est tres vilain d'etre infidele'
Ciboulette: 'C'est pas Paris, c'est sa banlieue'
Di te mi rido (from Alcina)
Mi lusinga il dolce affetto (from Alcina)
Who will walk with me? (from Dead Man Walking)
He will gather us around (from Dead Man Walking)
Les Aventures du roi Pausole: 'Si vous saviez'
The Things our Fathers Loved
The Housatonic at Stockbridge
Memories: (A) Very Pleasant; (B) Rather Sad
‘1, 2, 3'
Songs My Mother Taught Me
The Circus Band
Like a Sick Eagle
Soliloquy, or a Study in 7ths and Other Things
Farewell to Land
Liebst Du um Schönheit (Rückert-Lieder)
L'Amour masque: 'J'ai deux amants'
Fortunio: 'Je ne vois rien..Lorsque je n'etais qu'une enfant'
Coups de roulis: 'Les hommes sont biens tous les memes'
Passionnement: 'L'amour est un oiseau rebelle'
Les P'tites Michu: 'Vois-tu, je m'en veux'
La Petite Fonctionnaire: 'Je regrette mon Pressigny'
Les Dragons de l"Imperatrice: 'Amour, amour, quel est donc ton pouvoir'
L'Amour masque: 'Mon reve'
Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio (from Le nozze di Figaro)
Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio (from La Clemenza di Tito)
Voi che sapete (from Le nozze di Figaro)
Deh, per questo istante solo (from La Clemenza di Tito)
Non ho colpa (from Idomeneo)
Dunque Sperar Poss'io...Il Tenero Momento (from Lucio Silla)
Quatre poemes de Guillaume Apollinaire
Sonnet (Santa Fe Songs)
Early in the morning
Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
Opus 101 (Santa Fe Songs)
I Strolled Across an Open Field
To a Young Girl
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
Look down fair moon
O you to whom I often and silently come
I will always love you
The Tulip Tree
The Wintry Mind (Santa Fe Songs)
I am Rose
The Lordly Hudson
O Do Not Love Too Long
Sometimes with one I love
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Do I love you more than a day?
Ferry Me Across the Water
The Sowers (Santa Fe Songs)
That shadow, my likeness
Toi c'est moi: 'C'est ca la vie, c'est ca l'amour'
Toi c'est moi: 'Vagabonde'
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