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Landscape with Figures / Cipullo, Sperry, Valentine

Album Summary

>Cipullo, Tom : The Land of Nod, songs (4) for voice & piano
>Cipullo, Tom : The Ecuadorian Sailors, for voice, flute, harp & viola
>Cipullo, Tom : Going, songs (3) for voice & piano
>Cipullo, Tom : Rain, for voice & ensemble
>Cipullo, Tom : Landscape with Figures, for boy soprano, baritone, violin & piano
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composer Tom Cipullo's works have been heard at major concert halls on four continents, from San Francisco to Tel Aviv, from Stockholm to La Paz. He has received numerous commissions and awards including fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Copland House, among many others. He was honored for his contributions to the American art song repertoire with a retrospective concert given by Joy in Singing in 2000. The works on this disc span almost two decades with the first, The Land of Nod, being written in 1993.

”Stylistically speaking, Cipullo’s splendid songs are more in the realm of Ned Rorem and David Del Tredici than that of George Crumb.it is the rhetorical power of the word that always dictates the shape of the phrases and their harmonization, and Cipullo’s choice of poetry plays straight into his strengths- an uncanny simplicity and directness of expressionPaul Sperry sets a high bar as far as vocal performance is concerned, and all his colleagues on this disc meet it easily. The Sound is faultless. I can hear everything from the subtly shifting timbres of the voices to the tiniest instrumental detail, and that, coupled with the faultless diction of all the singers, makes this release an unalloyed pleasure.”-Fanfare



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Works Details

>Cipullo, Tom : The Land of Nod, songs (4) for voice & piano
  • Performers: Paul Sperry; Colette Valentine (Piano)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cipullo, Tom : The Ecuadorian Sailors, for voice, flute, harp & viola
  • Performers: Margery Fitts (Harp); Tina Pelikan (Viola); Mary Hart (Mezzo-Soprano); Sheryl Henze (Flute)
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cipullo, Tom : Going, songs (3) for voice & piano
  • Performers: Monica Harte (Soprano); Tom Cipullo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cipullo, Tom : Rain, for voice & ensemble
  • Performer: Paul Sperry
  • Conductor: David Stock
  • Ensemble: Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 10 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cipullo, Tom : Landscape with Figures, for boy soprano, baritone, violin & piano
  • Performers: Jorge Avila (Violin); Tom Cipullo (Piano); Benjamin Ungar (Boy Soprano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary