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'Desire in Spring' - songs by Finzi, Gurney, Ager, Rheinberger, Wolf, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Fauré, Milford / Edmund Connolly, baritone; Maxine Thévenot, piano & organ

Album Summary

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Before and After the Summer
>Gurney, Ivor : Desire in Spring, for voice & piano
>Ager, Andrew : Take, oh, take those lips away, for voice & piano
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Earth and Air and Rain
>Rheinberger, Joseph : 6 Religiöse Gesänge
>Wolf, Hugo : Spanisches Liederbuch
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Five Mystical Songs
>Britten, Benjamin : Little Sir William, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. I)
>Britten, Benjamin : The Salley Gardens, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. I)
>Frahm, Frederick : Pastorale, for voice & piano
>Fauré, Gabriel : Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
>Milford, Robin : The Moor, for voice & piano
>Milford, Robin : The Fiddler of Dooney, for voice & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Baritone Edmund Connolly and concert organist and pianist Maxine Thevénot formed Air & Hammers in 2012. The purpose of the duo is to perform both standard and contemporary piano and organ accompanied song repertoire, balancing the familiar with the new.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
This program includes mostly gentle pastoral songs, most accompanied by piano. 12 of 19 songs are by 20th Century English composers (Finzi, Gurney, Vaughan Williams, Britten, and Robin Milford). The album takes its name from Ivor Gurney's song 'Desire in Spring'. Three of VW's Five Mystical Songs supply the most contrast of tone and dynamics and add more vigor to the program. Two "world premiere recordings" are included: 'Take, Oh Take Away Those Lips' by Canadian-born Andrew Ager and 'Pastorale' by Frederick Frahm of Albuquerque, NM. The songs with piano were recorded at Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy. Halfway through this program is a group of four songs - two by Rheinberger and two from Wolf 's Spanish Songbook (as arranged by Reger) - recorded in the more spacious acoustical environment of the Cathedral of St John in Albuquerque and accompanied on a 2002 Reuter organ. Most of this music is gentle and rarely rises to dramatic heights, and Connolly's light lyric voice is well suited to it. His reading of FaurT's 'Apres une Reve' is lovely. When the music does become more dramatic, as in VW's 'Easter', Connolly meets the challenge well. Connolly and Thevenot, who perform as Air and Hammers, are colleagues in the music staff of the cathedral. This winsome and enjoyable survey of songs is well performed and recorded. Notes about each song or group precede printed texts. Translations are supplied for three German texts and one each in Latin and French.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015).



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>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Before and After the Summer :: Childhood among the ferns
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1947

>Gurney, Ivor : Desire in Spring, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Ager, Andrew : Take, oh, take those lips away, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Earth and Air and Rain :: Three Songs
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1929

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Earth and Air and Rain :: Three Songs
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1929

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Earth and Air and Rain :: Three Songs
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1929

>Rheinberger, Joseph : 6 Religiöse Gesänge :: Two songs
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Rheinberger, Joseph : 6 Religiöse Gesänge :: Two songs
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Wolf, Hugo : Spanisches Liederbuch :: Ach, des Knaben Augen
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1889-1890

>Wolf, Hugo : Spanisches Liederbuch :: Herr, was trägt der Boden hier?
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1889-1890

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Five Mystical Songs :: Three songs
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1911

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Five Mystical Songs :: Three songs
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1911

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Five Mystical Songs :: Three songs
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1911

>Britten, Benjamin : Little Sir William, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. I)
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Britten, Benjamin : The Salley Gardens, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. I)
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1943

>Frahm, Frederick : Pastorale, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2012

>Fauré, Gabriel : Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Milford, Robin : The Moor, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Milford, Robin : The Fiddler of Dooney, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Edmund Connolly; Maxine Thévenot (Organ); Maxine Thévenot (Piano)
  • Notes: The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/27/2015-05/28/2015); The Auditorium in Simms Center for the Performing Arts at Albuquerque Academy (05/29/2015); The Cathedral of St. John, Albuquerque, New Mexico (05/29/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern