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Andy Vores (b.1956): 'The Reckless Heart,' song cycle; Songs of Barber, Britten & Gurney / Kendra Colton, soprano; Kayo Iwama, piano

Notes & Reviews:

American soprano Kendra Colton is an imaginative and virtuosic singer adept at a wide range of repertoire, from Baroque opera and oratorio to contemporary music. On The Reckless Heart, she joins forces with longtime collaborator Kayo Iwama on an eclectic set of songs created for Colton by Welsh composer Andy Vores. The songs are presented here with master works by composers whose creations share Vores' British Isle roots: Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs and Benjamin Britten's The Salley Gardens and On This Island. Also included is a less-familiar cycle, Ivor Gurney's Five Elizabethan Songs.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
This is a very nice recital including staples of the English language song literature and a new piece by Welsh composer Andy Vores. Colton's voice is round and consistent and Iwama's playing, warm, confident and supportive. The program opens with Barber's quintessential Hermit Songs. The interpretation is standard and what is here is quite good. The Reckless Heart (Vores) is difficult, interesting music. It is indeed restless as well as harmonically and melodically ambitious. 'Dora Williams', with its meandering counterpoint, mirrors the meandering of text, a woman restless in the space of her body. 'My Roaring Boy's' final soaring melodic line in the voice is immediately followed by near stillness, an effect that arouses a sort of restlessness in the listener. It's terrific writing; this piece then leads right into the final song, almost like a response.


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