Jake Heggie: Passing By / Von Stade, Susan Graham

Audio Samples

>Heggie, Jake : At the Statue of Venus
>     A Lucky Child
>Heggie, Jake : Some Times of Day, songs (3) for voice & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Facing Forward/Looking Back
>     Motherwit
>     Grounded
>     Mother in the Mirror
>     Facing Forward
>Heggie, Jake : Here and Gone, song cycle for 2 voices & piano quartet
>Heggie, Jake : To Say Before Going to Sleep, for voice & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia, song cycle for voice & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Final Monologue from Master Class, for voice & piano

Album Summary

>Heggie, Jake : At the Statue of Venus
>Heggie, Jake : Some Times of Day, songs (3) for voice & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Facing Forward/Looking Back
>Heggie, Jake : Here and Gone, song cycle for 2 voices & piano quartet
>Heggie, Jake : To Say Before Going to Sleep, for voice & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia, song cycle for voice & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Final Monologue from Master Class, for voice & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

One of the leading American composers of his generation, Jake Heggie arrives on Avie with a gorgeous collection of new songs performed by a stunning array of international vocalists. Fresh from the success of the Dallas Opera premiere of his Moby Dick, the Guggenheim Fellowship recipient describes this collection as "songs that tell stories about now and then." Indelibly associated with his acclaimed operas, including Dead Man Walking (Top 10 Billboard Classical Chart), Three Decembers, and The End of the Affair, Jake's heart and soul lie in storytelling through song. With lyrics and poetry by A.E. Housman, Terrence McNally, and Rainer Maria Rilke, these songs reflect the great American songbook tradition, replete with striking observations of life's journeys. Upcoming performance October 15, 2010 at the 31st Anniversary Gala of San Francisco Performances, Inc. Multiple performances in January - April 2011 with the Houston Grand Opera, at New York's Carnegie Hall, and with the Seattle Men's Chorus.

"Heggie may prove to be contemporary opera's savior." - Chicago Tribune

BBC Music Magazine
...the composer's own fluent piano-playing, an expert string group and a good if sometimes over-glossy recording provide support for some world-class singers...who are clearly revelling in the opportunities that Heggie has offered them here.

Gramophone Magazine
I can do scant justice to this collection in the space permitted but suffice it to say that these songs "sing" most ardently. Heggie is not afraid to acknowledge, indeed embrace, America's Broadway heritage...but he displays at all times a really composerly instinct in the way these songs are structured.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-).



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Works Details

>Heggie, Jake : At the Statue of Venus :: A Lucky Child
  • Performers: Carla-Maria Rodrigues (Viola); Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Jake Heggie (Piano); Dawn Harms (Violin); Emil Miland (Cello)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Heggie, Jake : Some Times of Day, songs (3) for voice & piano
  • Performers: Carla-Maria Rodrigues (Viola); Jake Heggie (Piano); Dawn Harms (Violin); Emil Miland (Cello); Cao Zheng (Soprano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2004

>Heggie, Jake : Facing Forward/Looking Back :: Motherwit
  • Performers: Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Jake Heggie (Piano); Frederica Von Stade
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Heggie, Jake : Facing Forward/Looking Back :: Grounded
  • Performers: Jake Heggie (Piano); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Frederica Von Stade
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Heggie, Jake : Facing Forward/Looking Back :: Mother in the Mirror
  • Performers: Frederica Von Stade; Susan Graham (Mezzo-soprano); Jake Heggie (Piano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Heggie, Jake : Facing Forward/Looking Back :: Facing Forward
  • Performers: Jake Heggie (Piano); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano); Frederica Von Stade
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Heggie, Jake : Here and Gone, song cycle for 2 voices & piano quartet
  • Performers: Carla-Maria Rodrigues (Viola); Jake Heggie (Piano); Dawn Harms (Violin); Keith Phares (Voice); Emil Miland (Cello); Paul Groves (Tenor)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2005

>Heggie, Jake : To Say Before Going to Sleep, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Jake Heggie (Piano); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Heggie, Jake : Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Jake Heggie (Piano); Isabel Bayrakdarian (Soprano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1999

>Heggie, Jake : Final Monologue from Master Class, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Jake Heggie (Piano); Joyce DiDonato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Skywalker Sound, Nicasio, CA (2007-06-21_2007-06-24&2008-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007