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Songs from American / Patricia Petibon, American Boychoir

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>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 1
>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 2
>Barber, Samuel : Mélodies passagères, Op. 27
>D'Angelo, James : The Loves of Krishna
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : What is Pink?, cycle of 6 songs for treble chorus & piano
>Barber, Samuel : Songs (4), Op. 13
>Bruno, Malcolm : Ondine
>Bruno, Malcolm : Noëls Québécois (3)
>D'Angelo, James : The Dance of Krishna
>Larsen, Libby : Reasons for Loving the Harmonica
>Bernstein, Leonard : La Bonne Cuisine
>     4 recipes, for voice & piano
>Dello Joio, Norman : A Jubilant Song

Album Summary

>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 1
>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 2
>Barber, Samuel : Mélodies passagères, Op. 27
>D'Angelo, James : The Loves of Krishna
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : What is Pink?, cycle of 6 songs for treble chorus & piano
>Barber, Samuel : Songs (4), Op. 13
>Bruno, Malcolm : Ondine
>Bruno, Malcolm : Noëls Québécois (3)
>D'Angelo, James : The Dance of Krishna
>Larsen, Libby : Reasons for Loving the Harmonica
>Bernstein, Leonard : La Bonne Cuisine
>Dello Joio, Norman : A Jubilant Song
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Notes & Reviews:

The whimsically named FAST CATS AND MYSTERIOUS COWS is a joyous collection of American songs for both choir and solo voice. Some of America's finest composers are represented in this collection, including Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber and Leonard Bernstein. The recording also boasts works by such lesser-known composers as Norman Dello Joio, Libby Larsen and Malcolm Bruno.

Copland's 'Old American Songs' opens the program with delightful choral arrangements of the solo voice chestnut. The American Boychoir sings brilliantly and their interpretations are filled with humor. On a more serious note is Barber's 'Mélodies passagères,' a collection of Rilke poems sung with golden tone by soprano Patricia Petibon. Special note should be paid to Ned Rorem's 'What Is Pink,' a delicate song animated by its ornate piano accompaniment, commissioned by the American Boychoir in 1987. FAST CATS is an ear-opening exploration of the American art song that will delight all vocal music fans.



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Works Details

>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 1
  • Performers: Peter Stetson (Treble); Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano); Jonathon Jr. (Treble); American Boychoir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1950

>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 2
  • Performers: Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano); American Boychoir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 1
  • Performers: American Boychoir; Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1950

>Barber, Samuel : Mélodies passagères, Op. 27
  • Performers: American Boychoir; Patricia Petibon (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>D'Angelo, James : The Loves of Krishna
  • Performers: American Boychoir; Rebecca Prosser (Recorder); James D'Angelo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : What is Pink?, cycle of 6 songs for treble chorus & piano
  • Performers: Matthew Johnson (Treble); Justin Miller (Treble); Gregory Morse (Treble); Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano); Jonathan Ringland (Treble); Timothy Harris (Treble); Jonathon Jr. (Treble); American Boychoir
  • Running Time: 11 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Barber, Samuel : Songs (4), Op. 13
  • Performers: Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano); American Boychoir; Thomas Goeman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937-1940

>Bruno, Malcolm : Ondine
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Benjamin Bayl (Piano); American Boychoir; Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bruno, Malcolm : Noëls Québécois (3)
  • Performers: American Boychoir; Catherine King (Mezzo Soprano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>D'Angelo, James : The Dance of Krishna
  • Performers: James D'Angelo (Piano); American Boychoir; Rebecca Prosser (Recorder)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Larsen, Libby : Reasons for Loving the Harmonica
  • Performers: Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano); American Boychoir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bernstein, Leonard : La Bonne Cuisine :: 4 recipes, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Susan Manoff (Piano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano); American Boychoir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Dello Joio, Norman : A Jubilant Song
  • Performers: American Boychoir; Patricia Petibon (Soprano); Matthew Schwinghammer (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945