April Fredrick Sings Copland, Barber, Gershwin / David Curtis, Orchestra of the Swan

> Quiet City Suite - Quiet City Suite
> Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24 - Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24
> Capricorn Concerto, Op. 21 - I. Allegro ma non troppo
> Capricorn Concerto, Op. 21 - II. Allegretto
> Capricorn Concerto, Op. 21 - III. Allegro con brio
> 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson - No. 1. Nature, the gentlest mother
> 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson - No. 2. There came a wind like a bugle
> 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson - No. 3. The world feels dusty
> 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson - No. 4. Heart, we will forget him
> 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson - No. 5. Dear March, come in!
> 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson - No. 6. Sleep is supposed to be
> 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson - No. 7. Going to Heaven!
> 8 Poems of Emily Dickinson - No. 8. The Chariot
> Introduction / Summertime - Porgy and Bess, Act I: Summertime

Album Summary

>Copland, Aaron : Quiet City
>Barber, Samuel : Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24
>Barber, Samuel : Capricorn Concerto, for flute, oboe, trumpet & strings, Op. 21
>Copland, Aaron : Poems (8) of Emily Dickinson for voice & orchestra (arr. from 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson)
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This CD showcases the spectacular voice of American soprano April Fredrick. SOMM first heard her in concert singing the songs of Ivor Gurney, which she studied closely as part of her MMus in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. The label unhesitatingly recommended April to David Curtis, conductor of the Orchestra of the Swan, who enthusiastically engaged her for several concerts. This recording, which took place during a concert at the Civic Hall in Stratford last year, was her debut with the Orchestra of the Swan.

Orchestra of the Swan are becoming a favorite of classical radio stations across the US, and their performances are regularly heard on the nationally syndicated program Performance Today on over 260 stations nationwide. Their discs have been named "Disc of the Month" and "Best of the Year" at WFMT Chicago, "Disc of the Week" at WETA Washington DC, and they are perennial favorites on WQXR New York. The orchestra has received rave reviews and major features in the New York Times, Washington Post, American Record Guide, Fanfare, Indianapolis Star, and Dallas Morning Post, among others.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon (05/29/2011).



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Works Details

>Copland, Aaron : Quiet City
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Swan
  • Running Time: 10 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Barber, Samuel : Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24 :: Summer of 1915, for high voice & orchestra (rev. for voice & chamber orchestra), Op. 24
  • Performer: April Fredrick (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Running Time: 17 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947-1950

>Barber, Samuel : Capricorn Concerto, for flute, oboe, trumpet & strings, Op. 21
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Running Time: 15 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Copland, Aaron : Poems (8) of Emily Dickinson for voice & orchestra (arr. from 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson)
  • Performer: April Fredrick (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Running Time: 22 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958-1970

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
  • Performer: April Fredrick (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935