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'Lenoriana' - Song Cycles by Benjamin Boyle, Laurie Altman, Daron Hagen and Martin Hennessy / Elem Eley, baritone; JJ Penna, piano

Audio Samples

  1. Lenoriana — Lenoriana, Op. 4: No. 1, Annabel Lee $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Lenoriana — Lenoriana, Op. 4: No. 2, Lenore $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Lenoriana — Lenoriana, Op. 4: No. 3, To $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Lenoriana — Lenoriana, Op. 4: No. 4, The Conqueror Worm $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Lenoriana — Lenoriana, Op. 4: No. 5, Intermezzo $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Lenoriana — Lenoriana, Op. 4: No. 6, El Dorado $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Lenoriana — Lenoriana, Op. 4: No. 7, Lenore $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Lenoriana — Lenoriana, Op. 4: No. 8, A Dream Within a Dream $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Lenoriana — Lenoriana, Op. 4: No. 9, To Helen $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Lenoriana — Mountain Interval: A Time to Talk $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Lenoriana — Mountain Interval: The Sound of Trees $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Lenoriana — Larkin Songs: No. 1a, Going $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Lenoriana — Larkin Songs: No. 1b, Coming $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Lenoriana — Larkin Songs: No. 2, Interlude I. Fiction and the Reading Public $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Lenoriana — Larkin Songs: No. 3a, Counting $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Lenoriana — Larkin Songs: No. 3b, None of the Books Have Time $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Lenoriana — Larkin Songs: No. 4a, Within the Dream You Said $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Lenoriana — Larkin Songs: No. 4b, Talking in Bed $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Lenoriana — Larkin Songs: No. 5, Interlude II. To Write One Song, You Said $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Lenoriana — Larkin Songs: No. 6a, Morning at Last. There Is Snow $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Lenoriana — Larkin Songs: No. 6b, The White Palace $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Lenoriana — 3 Dickinson Songs: No. 1, My River Runs to Thee $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Lenoriana — 3 Dickinson Songs: No. 2, Let Down the Bars, O Death! $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Lenoriana — 3 Dickinson Songs: No. 3, I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Boyle, Benjamin C.S. : Lenoriana, for baritone & piano, Op. 4
>Altman, Laurie : Songs (2) from Mountain Interval, for voice & piano
>Hagen, Daron : Larkin Songs, for voice & piano
>Hennessy, Martin : Dickinson Songs (3), for voice & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Lenoriana, featuring the baritone Elem Eley and pianist J.J. Penna, consists entirely of recording premières. An eight song cycle on poetry of Poe, Benjamin C.S. Boyle's Lenoriana is divided into two halves, revolving around the central axis of the poem Lenore, a paean for a love lost too early and misunderstood by most. Laurie Altman's settings of two Frost poems were composed at the request of Mr. Eley. A Time to Talk attempts a tightness of structure, moving forward both quickly and conversationally; the Sound of the Trees is far more languid and restrained. Daron Aric Hagen's Larkin Songs cycle works very hard to be as simple as possible. The poems are like a portrait of a man looking back over the course of his life; the music gives you the interior material. Martin Hennessy's Three Dickinson Songs closes the program. I TASTE a liquor never brewed) was written for Mr. Eley. Elem Eley enjoys a remarkably varied career, from opera, oratorio and recital to premières of contemporary vocal music. He is Prof. of Voice at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. J.J. Penna has premiered song cycles by William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Richard Hundley, and Lowell Liebermann. A frequent recital pianist for top-echelon singers, he has been a Julliard School faculty member since 2006.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Stephen Estep praised an earlier recording by Eley and Penna of songs by Hagen, Hennessy, and other American composers (J/F 2009). He liked Eley's clarity of diction and called him "one of the best singers of English I've ever heard". His enunciation and shaping of the text is always clear.

Eley and Penna do a satisfactory job of presenting these songs. Penna is able to capture both the drama and the gentleness of these songs. He's at his best when he sings softly.

The chief reason to obtain this release is to hear songs of these current composers. Hagen's Larkin Songs show a great economy of style and are especially gripping as they supply, in the composer's words, "a portrait of a man looking back over the course of his life". The recorded sound is fine. Brief notes and some texts.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College of Rider Univ (08/17/2014-08/20/2014); Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College of Rider Univ (09/2014).



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Works Details

>Boyle, Benjamin C.S. : Lenoriana, for baritone & piano, Op. 4
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Notes: Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ (08/17/2014-08/20/2014); Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ (09/29/2014)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Altman, Laurie : Songs (2) from Mountain Interval, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Notes: Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ (08/17/2014-08/20/2014); Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ (09/29/2014)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Hagen, Daron : Larkin Songs, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Notes: Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ (08/17/2014-08/20/2014); Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ (09/29/2014)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001

>Hennessy, Martin : Dickinson Songs (3), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Elem Eley (Baritone); J.J. Penna (Piano)
  • Notes: Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ (08/17/2014-08/20/2014); Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ (09/29/2014)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary