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Paul Creston: Songs / Rebecca Sherburn, soprano

Album Summary

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Songs (3) for voice & piano, Op. 46
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Nocturne for soprano or tenor & chamber orchestra, Op. 83
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : La Lettre, for voice & piano, Op. 59
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : A Song of Joys, for voice & piano, Op. 63
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Cantilena, Op. 117a
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : The Bird in the Wilderness, for voice & piano, Op. 2
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Thanatopses, 4 Songs to Death, for voice & piano (or voice, piano & string quartet), Op. 7
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Ave Maria, for voice & piano, Op. 57
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Psalm XXIII for soprano, chorus & piano, Op. 37
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : The Lambs to the lamb, for voice & piano, Op. 47
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Dance Variations, for soprano & orchestra, Op. 30
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Ah! si mon moine, for voice & piano
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Isabeau s'y promène, for voice & piano
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : C'est la belle Françoise, for voice & piano
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : J'ai cuielli, for voice & piano
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : V'la bon vent, for voice & piano
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Aupres de ma blonde, for voice & piano
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : D'ou vient tu Bergère, for voice & piano
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Lullaby, for voice & piano, Op. 46/2
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : It's So Fantastic, for soprano & piano
>Creston, Paul [Composer] : My Love for You, for voice & piano
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
The UMKC Conservatory Chamber Orchestra plays exceptionally well, clearly and with great energy. The 'Dance Variations for Voice and Orchestra', a vocalise of sorts, is delightful; Sherburn manages the occasional coloratura well. Also delightful are the French Canadian Folk Songs, accompanied by Joan Sommers on the accordion. The final two selections, delicate and sweet, reminded me of the Great American Songbook and show a wholly different side of Creston. I enjoyed this program; it's a worthwhile purchase for lovers of American song.

Paul Creston (1906-1985) was one of America's most important and influential composers of the mid-20th century. He earned ample attention for his orchestral compositions, but his songs - many of which are unpublished - remain little known. This recording offers a wide introduction to Creston's vocal music, bringing to light pieces for solo voice that have languished in obscurity. Soprano Rebecca Sherburn is an active chamber musician, having been featured by the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and the New York New Music Group. Her scholarly work has been published by the NATS Journal of Singing and the ACDA Choral Journal. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ms. Sherburn is on the faculty at Chapman University. Prior to this appointment she was at the University of Missouri Kansas City where she received an excellence in teaching award.



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Works Details

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Songs (3) for voice & piano, Op. 46
  • Performers: Patricia Higdon (Piano); Rebecca Sherburn
  • Conductor: Robert Olson
  • Ensemble: UMKC Conservatory Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Nocturne for soprano or tenor & chamber orchestra, Op. 83
  • Performer: Rebecca Sherburn
  • Conductor: Robert Olson
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : La Lettre, for voice & piano, Op. 59
  • Performers: Patricia Higdon (Piano); Rebecca Sherburn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : A Song of Joys, for voice & piano, Op. 63
  • Performers: Patricia Higdon (Piano); Rebecca Sherburn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Cantilena, Op. 117a
  • Performers: Patricia Higdon (Piano); Rebecca Sherburn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : The Bird in the Wilderness, for voice & piano, Op. 2
  • Performers: Patricia Higdon (Piano); Rebecca Sherburn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Thanatopses, 4 Songs to Death, for voice & piano (or voice, piano & string quartet), Op. 7
  • Performers: Patricia Higdon (Piano); Rebecca Sherburn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Ave Maria, for voice & piano, Op. 57
  • Performers: Patricia Higdon (Piano); Rebecca Sherburn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Psalm XXIII for soprano, chorus & piano, Op. 37
  • Performers: Patricia Higdon (Piano); Rebecca Sherburn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : The Lambs to the lamb, for voice & piano, Op. 47
  • Performers: Patricia Higdon (Piano); Rebecca Sherburn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Dance Variations, for soprano & orchestra, Op. 30
  • Performer: Rebecca Sherburn
  • Conductor: Robert Olson
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941-1942

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Ah! si mon moine, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Rebecca Sherburn; Joan Sommers (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Isabeau s'y promène, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Rebecca Sherburn; Joan Sommers (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : C'est la belle Françoise, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Rebecca Sherburn; Joan Sommers (Accordion)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : J'ai cuielli, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Rebecca Sherburn; Joan Sommers (Accordion)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : V'la bon vent, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Rebecca Sherburn; Joan Sommers (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Aupres de ma blonde, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Rebecca Sherburn; Joan Sommers (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : D'ou vient tu Bergère, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Rebecca Sherburn; Joan Sommers (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : Lullaby, for voice & piano, Op. 46/2
  • Performers: Patricia Higdon (Piano); Rebecca Sherburn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : It's So Fantastic, for soprano & piano
  • Performers: Karen Kushner (Piano); Rebecca Sherburn
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Creston, Paul [Composer] : My Love for You, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Karen Kushner (Piano); Rebecca Sherburn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal