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Letters from the Garden - songs by Jocelyn Hagen; Gwyneth Walker; Madeleine Dring; Abbie Betinis / Leanne Freeman-Miller, soprano; Michelle Havlik-Jergens, piano

Album Summary

>Walker, Gwyneth : Mornings Innocent, song cycle for soprano voice & piano
>Walker, Gwyneth : In Autumn, for female voice & piano
>Walker, Gwyneth : I Will Be Earth, for female voice & piano
>Hagen, Jocelyn : Songs of Fields and Prairies
>Dring, Madeleine : Love and Time, 4 songs for voice & piano
>Betinis, Abbie : The Clan of the Lichens
>Walker, Gwyneth : Though love be a day
>Walker, Gwyneth : Circling the Sun
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
This collection of songs by women composers introduces two younger composers, Jocelyn Hagen and Abbie Betinis. The Hagen songs are inventive and rich. The challenging selections by Abbie Betinis are more adventurous, harmonically and technically. Freeman-Miller sings with enthusiasm and sensitivity. The inclusion of English composer Madeleine Dring's cycle 'Love and Time' is welcome. As usual, Dring's direct approach to text setting sounds fresh. Freeman-Miller's diction is crystal clear; even the long and meandering sections, especially in the last song, have shape. Gwyneth Walker's music, the most tonally traditional, opens and closes the program. Intimate and accessible, her music seems to suit this pair the best. Havlik- Jergens plays with warmth and sensitivity.

  • This is a beautiful collection of songs for soprano and piano by American women composers.
  • These songs are a winning combination of lyricism and accessibility.
  • Ms. Freeman-Miller is an active recitalist and Associate Professor of Voice at Drake University, U.S.A.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake Universit (03/16/2011-03/17/2011).



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Works Details

>Walker, Gwyneth : Mornings Innocent, song cycle for soprano voice & piano
  • Performers: Leanne Freeman-Miller; Michelle Havlik-Jergens (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (03/16/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Walker, Gwyneth : In Autumn, for female voice & piano
  • Performers: Leanne Freeman-Miller; Michelle Havlik-Jergens (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (03/16/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Walker, Gwyneth : I Will Be Earth, for female voice & piano
  • Performers: Leanne Freeman-Miller; Michelle Havlik-Jergens (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (03/16/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1993

>Hagen, Jocelyn : Songs of Fields and Prairies :: 1. Call of the Open
  • Performers: Leanne Freeman-Miller; Michelle Havlik-Jergens (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (03/16/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hagen, Jocelyn : Songs of Fields and Prairies :: 3. Silent Noon
  • Performers: Leanne Freeman-Miller; Michelle Havlik-Jergens (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (03/16/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hagen, Jocelyn : Songs of Fields and Prairies :: 6. The Flower of the Field
  • Performers: Leanne Freeman-Miller; Michelle Havlik-Jergens (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (03/16/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hagen, Jocelyn : Songs of Fields and Prairies :: 7. Lullaby
  • Performers: Leanne Freeman-Miller; Michelle Havlik-Jergens (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (03/16/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dring, Madeleine : Love and Time, 4 songs for voice & piano
  • Performers: Leanne Freeman-Miller; Michelle Havlik-Jergens (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (03/16/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Betinis, Abbie : The Clan of the Lichens :: 1. All Things Live
  • Performers: Leanne Freeman-Miller; Michelle Havlik-Jergens (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (03/16/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Betinis, Abbie : The Clan of the Lichens :: 3. The Prayer Wind
  • Performers: Leanne Freeman-Miller; Michelle Havlik-Jergens (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (03/16/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Betinis, Abbie : The Clan of the Lichens :: 5.
  • Performers: Leanne Freeman-Miller; Michelle Havlik-Jergens (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (03/16/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Walker, Gwyneth : Though love be a day :: 1. Thy fingers make early flowers
  • Performers: Leanne Freeman-Miller; Michelle Havlik-Jergens (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (03/16/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Walker, Gwyneth : Circling the Sun :: 1.
  • Performers: Leanne Freeman-Miller; Michelle Havlik-Jergens (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (03/16/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Walker, Gwyneth : Circling the Sun :: 6. Waterbird
  • Performers: Leanne Freeman-Miller; Michelle Havlik-Jergens (Piano)
  • Notes: The "Jordan" Stage, Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa (03/16/2011-03/17/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002