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Jake Heggie: Connection - Three Song Cycles / Regina Zona, soprano; Kathleen Tagg, piano

Album Summary

>Heggie, Jake : Natural Selection, for soprano & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia, song cycle for voice & piano
>Heggie, Jake : Eve-Song, song cycle for soprano & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Famed for his operatic music, Jake Heggie has always been a devoted and prolific songwriter. Three early song cycles for soprano and piano feature in this release, each cycle exploring the many varied facets of the three women depicted, who include Ophelia and Eve. Each was written for a specific singer and they all reflect Heggie's very personal and exciting lexicon of musical influences, which range from folk and jazz to art song and music theater.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014
Throughout these cycles, Heggie reveals an adept handling of the voice-and-piano medium - for all that the vocal line could have benefited from more expressive variety...Yet it would be wrong to deny the ready appeal of these songs, not least with Regina Zona and Kathleen Tagg as such sympathetic exponents.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This is an exceptional program of Jake Heggie's wonderfully varied songs. It is operatic in scope. The first cycle, Natural Selection, with text by Gini Savage, chronicles "a young woman's search for identity". The second, Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia, texts by Heggie and Edna St Vincent Millay, offers a new portrait of Ophelia. Here she is fully aware of her circumstances, her place in Hamlet's story, and resolute in her decision to take her life. Likewise, in Eve-Song, poetry by Philip Littell, Eve becomes a complex woman who understands her place in a masculine story. The last song, 'The Farm', is exquisite. Performed together, the cycles make a strong statement about female strength and identity in a world that defines women through the men around them. Zona and Tagg are both excellent.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Oktaven Audio LLC, Yonkers, New York, USA (04/26/2013/06/04/2013).



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>Heggie, Jake : Natural Selection, for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Kathleen Tagg (Piano); Regina Zona
  • Notes: Oktaven Audio LLC, Yonkers, New York, USA (04/26/2013/06/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Heggie, Jake : Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Kathleen Tagg (Piano); Regina Zona
  • Notes: Oktaven Audio LLC, Yonkers, New York, USA (04/26/2013/06/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1999

>Heggie, Jake : Eve-Song, song cycle for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Kathleen Tagg (Piano); Regina Zona
  • Notes: Oktaven Audio LLC, Yonkers, New York, USA (04/26/2013/06/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996