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Shirley Verrett Edition - Songs from her early career by Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Copland Falla et al.

Audio Samples

>Traditional Spiritual : Oh Freedom
>Sanchez, Eliseo Grenet : Lamento esclavo (The Song of a Slave), song
>Allan, Lewis [Composer] : Strange Fruit
>Weill, Kurt : Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
>     Denn wie man sich bettet
>Johnson, Hall : I Been in de Storm So Long, song
>Hays, Lee : If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)
>Pokrass, Dmitri : Zog nit keynmol az du geyst dem letztn veg (Never say that you are going on the last road)
>Weill, Kurt : Lost in the Stars
>     Cry, the Beloved Country
>Traditional : No More Slavery Chains for Me (Many Thousands Gone)
>Traditional, American : The Ants Go Marching (to the tune When Johnny Comes marching home)
>Seeger, Pete [Folk] : Where have all the flowers gone?
>Schubert, Franz : An die Musik, D 547
>Schubert, Franz : An Schwager Kronos ("Spu'te dich, Kronos"), song for voice & piano, D. 369 (Op. 19/1)
>Schubert, Franz : Schwanengesang, D 957
>Schubert, Franz : Die Allmacht, D 852
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (7), Op. 47
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 73
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Oh thou, my field, song for voice & piano, Op. 4/5
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (12), Op. 14
>Niles, John Jacob : He's Going Away, for voice & piano
>Copland, Aaron : Zion's Walls, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II)
>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 2
>Johnson, Hall : Honor! Honor!
>Johnson, Hall : Oh, Glory, for voice & piano
>Johnson, Hall : Witness, for voice & piano
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
>     Alleluja
>Falla, Manuel de : Siete canciones populares espanola (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40
>Bassa, Jose : Minue cantado, for voice & harpsichord
>Nin, Joaquin : 20 Cantos Populares Espanoles
>     Paño murciano
>     Montañesa
>Granados, Enrique : Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo
>     La maja dolorosa 1
>     El mirar de la maja
>Obradors, Fernando : Canciones clasicas espanolas
>     Del cabello más sutil
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : 5 Canciones Negras
>     Cancion de cuna para dormir a un negrito
>Turina, Joaquin : Triptico, Op. 45
>     Farruca
>Nin, Joaquin : Corazon que en prision
>Obradors, Fernando : El Vito, for voice & piano
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Credo, for chorus, strings & continuo in E minor, RV 591
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Amen
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Beatus vir, (Psalm 111), for 5 voices, double chorus, 2 oboes, 2 organs, double strings & continuo i

Album Summary

>Traditional Spiritual : Oh Freedom
>Sanchez, Eliseo Grenet : Lamento esclavo (The Song of a Slave), song
>Allan, Lewis [Composer] : Strange Fruit
>Weill, Kurt : Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
>Johnson, Hall : I Been in de Storm So Long, song
>Hays, Lee : If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)
>Pokrass, Dmitri : Zog nit keynmol az du geyst dem letztn veg (Never say that you are going on the last road)
>Weill, Kurt : Lost in the Stars
>Traditional : No More Slavery Chains for Me (Many Thousands Gone)
>Traditional, American : The Ants Go Marching (to the tune When Johnny Comes marching home)
>Seeger, Pete [Folk] : Where have all the flowers gone?
>Schubert, Franz : An die Musik, D 547
>Schubert, Franz : An Schwager Kronos ("Spu'te dich, Kronos"), song for voice & piano, D. 369 (Op. 19/1)
>Schubert, Franz : Schwanengesang, D 957
>Schubert, Franz : Die Allmacht, D 852
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (7), Op. 47
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 73
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Oh thou, my field, song for voice & piano, Op. 4/5
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (12), Op. 14
>Niles, John Jacob : He's Going Away, for voice & piano
>Copland, Aaron : Zion's Walls, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II)
>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 2
>Johnson, Hall : Honor! Honor!
>Johnson, Hall : Oh, Glory, for voice & piano
>Johnson, Hall : Witness, for voice & piano
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a)
>Falla, Manuel de : Siete canciones populares espanola (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40
>Bassa, Jose : Minue cantado, for voice & harpsichord
>Nin, Joaquin : 20 Cantos Populares Espanoles
>Granados, Enrique : Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo
>Obradors, Fernando : Canciones clasicas espanolas
>Montsalvatge, Xavier : 5 Canciones Negras
>Turina, Joaquin : Triptico, Op. 45
>Nin, Joaquin : Corazon que en prision
>Obradors, Fernando : El Vito, for voice & piano
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Credo, for chorus, strings & continuo in E minor, RV 591
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Amen
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Beatus vir, (Psalm 111), for 5 voices, double chorus, 2 oboes, 2 organs, double strings & continuo i
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Reviews

Shirley Verrett Edition Newton Classics
The much-loved mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett (1931-2010) was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She sang in church and showed early musical abilities. Although her family initially discouraged a singing career, she studied with Anna Fitziu, Marion Szekely Freschl, and Hall Johnson. In 1961 she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
From her 1957 operatic debut in Britten's "The Rape of Lucretia" though her final performances in the 1990s, Ms. Verrett had a varied career from opera to Broadway and from recitals to spirituals. In her memoir, published in 2003, she spoke frankly about the racism she encountered in the American classical music world. In the early 1960s Conductor Leopold Stokowski invited her to perform with the Houston Symphony but had to withdraw the invitation because the orchestra board refused to accept a black soloist. She later performed triumphantly with the renowned Philadelphia Orchestra under Stokowski. In 1996 she joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance as a Professor of Voice.
Admirers of this amazingly versatile artist will certainly welcome this 4-CD album of performances recorded from earlier in her career. The contents of Disc 1 range from spirituals to songs by Pete Seeger and Kurt Weill. Disc 2 contains songs by Copland, Rachmaninov, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky, plus Mozart's ever-popular "Exsultate, jubilate" that were recorded during a 1965 Carnegie Hall recital. Disc 3 contains Spanish songs by Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, Xavier Montsalvatge, Joaquin Nin, Fernando Obradors, and Joaquin Turina. Disc 4 presents yet another facet of Ms. Verrett's talent - three sacred works by Antonio Vivaldi: "Credo" (RV 591), "Stabat Mater" (RV 621), and "Beatus vir" (RV 597).
This album is definitely a "must-have" for all who love great singing and admire Ms. Verrett's will to succeed despite career difficulties.
Ted Wilks
Submitted on 05/20/13 by Ted Wilks 
Verrett in the beginning
Mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett overcame racism to build an international reputation as a classical singer. There's no opera here--these four albums were recorded early in her career (1964-66, before her Met debut), and were clearly designed to let her show what else she could do. The Vivaldi bears no relation to Early Music as it is performed today, with its modern orchestra, and the Polyphonic Ensemble of Rome probably an opera house chorus on its day off. Verrett only sings a solo `Stabat Mater' with strings, but performs with a dignity and elegance worth any amount of period style. The collection of folk and protest songs is likewise very much a product of its time (though the arrangement of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" is very effective). Best in the set are the two recital discs: a concert from Carnegie Hall--with a surprisingly agile encore of the Alleluia from Mozart's "Exsultate jubilate"--and a program of Spanish songs, both accompanied by Charles Wadsworth. Discs are all on the short side, as they replicate exactly the original albums; a background essay, but no texts.
Submitted on 06/23/13 by Jim D. 
Collection of Verrett Performances Provides Elegant History
Much –loved mezzo soprano Shirley Verrett is celebrated in this four-cd set, a collection of many favorites and best performances. The volumes are organized by performance venues, all from the mid-1960s. The volumes the Storm, Carnegie Hall, Spanish Songs, and Vivaldi provide four different concerts, compiling an Edition. Ms. Verrett’s exquisite tone and texture shine through the years to remind the musical world of her unforgettable talent and skill.

The booklet, while brief, gives the audience a glimpse of Ms. Verrett’s history and successes. Her public audiences, voice students, choir directors looking for special pieces for training, and opera aficionados will all enjoy this presentation. Shirley Verrett shared her glorious voice for decades in concerts, recitals, and opera, setting the standard for generations to come.

Submitted on 09/12/13 by musichathcharms 
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Works Details

>Traditional Spiritual : Oh Freedom
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Leonard Paur
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.

>Eliseo Grenet Sánchez (1893 - 1950) : Lamento esclavo (The Song of a Slave), song
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Leonard Paur
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Allan, Lewis [Composer] : Strange Fruit
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Leonard Paur
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Weill, Kurt : Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny :: Denn wie man sich bettet
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Leonard Paur
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 04/1927-04/1929

>Johnson, Hall : I Been in de Storm So Long, song
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Leonard Paur
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Hays, Lee : If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Leonard Paur
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Mark Eitzel (1959 - ), Pete Seeger (Folk) (1919 - 2014).
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Pokrass, Dmitri : Zog nit keynmol az du geyst dem letztn veg (Never say that you are going on the last road)
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Leonard Paur
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Weill, Kurt : Lost in the Stars :: Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Leonard Paur
  • Notes: Composition written: 02/1949-09/1949.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 02/1949-09/1949

>Traditional : No More Slavery Chains for Me (Many Thousands Gone)
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Leonard Paur
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, American : The Ants Go Marching (to the tune When Johnny Comes marching home)
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Leonard Paur
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.

>Seeger, Pete [Folk] : Where have all the flowers gone?
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Leonard Paur
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Schubert, Franz : An die Musik, D 547
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1817

>Schubert, Franz : An Schwager Kronos ("Spu'te dich, Kronos"), song for voice & piano, D. 369 (Op. 19/1)
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1816

>Schubert, Franz : Schwanengesang, D 957
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1828

>Schubert, Franz : Die Allmacht, D 852
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 08/1825

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (7), Op. 47
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Songs (6), Op. 73
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Oh thou, my field, song for voice & piano, Op. 4/5
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1893

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (12), Op. 14
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Niles, John Jacob : He's Going Away, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Copland, Aaron : Zion's Walls, song for voice & piano (Old American Songs II)
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 2
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Johnson, Hall : Honor! Honor!
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Johnson, Hall : Oh, Glory, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Johnson, Hall : Witness, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Exsultate jubilate, K 165 (158a) :: Alleluja
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1773

>Falla, Manuel de : Siete canciones populares española (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 12 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914

>José Bassa (circa 1670 - circa 1730) : Minué cantado, for voice & harpsichord
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Nin, Joaquin : 20 Cantos Populares Españoles :: Paño murciano
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo :: La maja dolorosa 1
  • Performers: Shirley Verrett; Charles Wadsworth (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Nin, Joaquin : 20 Cantos Populares Españoles :: Montañesa
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Obradors, Fernando : Canciones clásicas españolas :: Del cabello más sutil
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Notes: 05/05/1965-05/06/1964
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1920

>Montsalvatge, Xavier : 5 Canciones Negras :: Cancion de cuna para dormir a un negrito
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Notes: 05/05/1965-05/06/1964
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1945

>Joaquín Turina (Composer) (1882 - 1949) : Tríptico, Op. 45 :: Farruca
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Notes: 05/05/1965-05/06/1964
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1929

>Nin, Joaquin : Corazón que en prisión
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Notes: 05/05/1965-05/06/1964
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Enriqué Granados (1867 - 1916) : Tonadillas en un estilo antiguo :: El mirar de la maja
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Obradors, Fernando : El Vito, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Charles Wadsworth (Piano); Shirley Verrett
  • Notes: 05/05/1964/05/07/1964
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Credo, for chorus, strings & continuo in E minor, RV 591
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Renato Fasano
  • Ensemble: I Virtuosi di Roma
  • Notes: Rome, Italy (06/28/1966-06/29/1966)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Amen
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Renato Fasano
  • Ensemble: I Virtuosi di Roma
  • Notes: Rome, Italy (06/18/1966-06/19/1966)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Beatus vir, (Psalm 111), for 5 voices, double chorus, 2 oboes, 2 organs, double strings & continuo i
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Renato Fasano
  • Ensemble: I Virtuosi di Roma
  • Notes: Rome, Italy (06/26/1966-06/28/1966)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742