Rapport: Vocal Chamber Works

> La Pioggia nel Pineto - La Pioggia nel Pineto
> 3 Sonnets - No. 1. Isolation
> 3 Sonnets - No. 2. Rapport
> 3 Sonnets - No. 3. Threnody
> Ainsi qu'on oit le cerf bruire - Ainsi qu'on oit le cerf bruire
> Rossetti Songs - May
> Rossetti Songs - A Summer Wish
> Rossetti Songs - When I Am Dead, My Dearest
> Rossetti Songs - "No, Thank You, John"
> Rossetti Songs - Sleeping At Last
> Context Songs (excerpts) - Poem 1: Wasted Days
> Context Songs (excerpts) - Poem 3: Yet Each Man
> Context Songs (excerpts) - Poem 4: One Act
> New Year's Eve - New Year's Eve

Album Summary

>McConville, Brendan : La pioggia nel pineto, for voice, piano & percussion
>Epstein, Paul A. : Sonnets (3), for voice, cello & piano
>Hofmeyr, Hendrik : Ainsi qu'on oit le cerf bruire, voice, cello, flute & piano
>Mathews, Norman : Rossetti Songs (5), for voice, cello, flute & piano
>Ficklin, Edward : Context Songs (3), for voice & piano
>Del Tredici, David : New Year's Eve
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performers Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Futura Productions, Roslindale MA.



Reviews

Modern songs and cycles
"Rapport" is a collection of chamber works for solo voice and various instruments by Brendan McConville, Paul A. Epstein, Hendrik Hofmeyr, Norman Mathews, Edward Ficklin, and David Del Tredici. The printed booklet includes notes and texts for all the songs save the Del Tredici; when you insert the disc in your computer, there are session photos, more about the composers, and even scores...though terribly small. I'm not taken with soprano Melissa Manseau, who sings about the allegedly gentle rain in McConville's "La Pioggia nel Pineto" as though contending with a Force Eight gale, and also rather oversings Hofmeyr's contemporary version of a chorale cantata (based on a 1551 psalm tune). Happily, other performers are more responsive to the texts, and Melanie Mitrano delivers a virtuoso turn in the Del Tredici.
Submitted on 06/17/10 by Jim D. 
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Works Details

>McConville, Brendan : La pioggia nel pineto, for voice, piano & percussion
  • Performers: Tim Gilmore (Percussion); Paul Dykstra (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Epstein, Paul A. : Sonnets (3), for voice, cello & piano
  • Performers: Michal Shein (Cello); Krista River (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hofmeyr, Hendrik : Ainsi qu'on oit le cerf bruire, voice, cello, flute & piano
  • Performers: Paul Dykstra (Piano); Beth Pearson (Cello)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Mathews, Norman : Rossetti Songs (5), for voice, cello, flute & piano
  • Performers: Paul Dykstra (Piano); Beth Pearson (Cello)
  • Running Time: 14 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ficklin, Edward : Context Songs (3), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Paul Dykstra (Piano); Peggo Hodes
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.

>Del Tredici, David : New Year's Eve
  • Performers: David Del Tredici (Piano); Melanie Mitrano (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern