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And If the Song be Worth a Smile. Songs by American Composers (24/96 FLAC)

And If the Song be Worth a Smile. Songs by American Composers (24/96 FLAC)

And If the Song be Worth a Smile. Songs by American Composers (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: William Bolcom, John Corigliano, David Garner, Gordon Getty, Jake Heggie, Luna Pearl Woolf
Performer: Lisa Delan, Susanne Mentzer, Matt Haimovitz, Kristin Pankonin
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Pentatone
Catalogue: PTC5186099
Release: 2009
Size: 1.13 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: cover

Bolcom: Cabaret Songs, Vol. 1-4
01. No. 6, Amour
02. No. 11, Oh Close the Curtain
03. No. 4, Waitin
04. No. 8, Toothbrush Time

Getty: Poor Peter
05. Where Is My Lady
06. Tune the Fiddle
07. The Ballad of Poor Peter

08. Heggie: My True Love hath my Heart

Heggie: Folk Songs
09. No. 1, Barb’ry Allen (Version for voice and piano)
10. No. 2, He’s Gone Away (Version for voice and piano)
11. No. 3, The Leather-Winged Bat (Version for voice and piano)

Garner: Annettes-Lieder
12. No. 1, Im Grase (In the Meadow)
13. No. 2, Am Turm ( On the Tower)
14. No. 3, Der Weiher (the Pond)

15. Corigliano: Dodecaphonia
16. Corigliano: Marvelous Invention
17. Woolf: Odas de Todo el Mundo

Both the composers and the performers on this release from the Dutch audiophile label PentaTone are mostly associated with the city of San Francisco, but the program is nevertheless diverse enough to live up to the more general “Songs by American Composers” subtitle. The title comes from Gordon Getty’s The Ballad of Poor Peter (track 7), one of several compositions on the program that take their inspiration from folk music. Getty’s set Poor Peter, to his own texts, draws on English folk song, while Jake Heggie’s lush Four Songs include reworkings of three American folk melodies. The Heggie and the opening selections from the rather preciously naughty Cabaret Songs of William Bolcom are the only non-premieres here. Even though she is presenting music by the most varied compositional voices, soprano Lisa Delan holds the program together with a personality that’s strong enough to make you forget the example of Bolcom and partner Joan Morris in the Cabaret Songs and also in John Corigliano’s satirical Dodecaphonia, which was also composed for them. Most of the songs are comic in one way or another, but they’re balanced by the genuinely intense, neo-Romantic Annettes-Lieder of David Garner, setting German-language poems by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff and by the Spanish-language Odas de todo el mundo of Luna Pearl Wolf. The latter work is technically a stretch for Delan, but she’s consistently fun to listen to.

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